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Trick or Treat – Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Halloween is fast approaching, a time full of festive costumes, spooky decorations, pumpkin carving, and loads and loads of sugary candy. Although there is nothing wrong with an occasional sweet treat, when our kids come home with pillowcases full, we have to wonder…are there any alternatives to bags of Halloween candy?

Of course there are! Here are five suggestions for nutritious and safe treats that don’t trick the body into unhealthy habits:

Stickers: Kids love stickers for their books, craft projects, or to add to their costumes. You can even hand out healthy eating stickers from Learning ZoneXpress. Best of all, stickers don’t have calories, sugar, or corn syrup!

Party Prizes: It’s not too hard to find spider rings, ghost erasers, and other Halloween-themed prizes. Other suggestions from our Facebook fans include glow sticks, silly putty, yo-yos, and even tiny tubs of Play Doh. Lots of fun for not a lot of money! Colorful bookmarks or temporary tattoos are fun options too.

Healthy Snacks:

  • Sugar free gum
  • Granola bars
  • Small bags of crackers or dried fruit
  • Mini bags of popcorn
  • Pumpkin-shaped pretzels
  • Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • String Cheese
  • Fruit snacks
  • Mandarin orange cups with jack-O'-lantern face drawn on top in permanent marker

Safety-conscious parents appreciate something packaged, so fresh fruit, alas, is not such a great idea.

Kid's Crafts: You can find all kinds of Halloween craft projects online or DIY craft kits can be found at local department of dollar stores. We also just learned of Wikki Stix from a Facebook fan!

Money: Think about giving out nickels, dimes or quarters. The best part? The kids can spend – rather than eat – the leftovers! (And at 20 cents per bite-size bar, it’s about the same price as candy.)

There you have it! Five healthy alternatives to Halloween treats! If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment in the space below or tell us about it on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page!

Have a safe, happy, and healthy Halloween everyone!

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