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How to Have a No-Candy Halloween
Halloween has evolved over the years, especially the trick-or-treating side of this event. When I was a kid, I remember tons of trick-or-treaters on the streets and people handing out all sorts of homemade goodies. Yes, I just might be that old.
Then there was that whole scare over poisoned and tainted candy. I remember all the stories about apples with razor blades inside, though I never actually knew anyone it happened to. So everyone handed started handing out only wrapped and sealed candies. This trend lasted for years.
Now that many people in our nation are finally taking a turn toward eating better and healthier, the question comes up. What about Halloween and all that candy? With people wanting to stay away from processed, refined sugars for health reasons, all the food allergies out there, along with braces and dental issues we need some ideas on how to enjoy trick-or-treating at Halloween without all the sugary candy. Can it be done? You bet it can. You and your kids can still enjoy Halloween, dressing up in costumes, decorating the house, and greeting trick-or-treaters without candy. Here are some ideas.
For your own kids going out trick-or-treating. You can still have them dress up and go out trick-or treating. Just have them bring all the candy home – munching while out and about. Once home, they can trade in the candy for . . . points to be used toward treats or prizes, money, healthier homemade goodies (make sure it’s something they really love). If they come back with a ton of candy and have a bazillion points to trade in for homemade goodies, make sure to spread even these healthier sweets out over a few days.
As a neighborhood or as an individual home in the neighborhood. If you love to celebrate Halloween and have trick-or-treaters visit your house, but you don’t want to hand out sugary candy, make sure to hand out really good non-candy alternatives. If you hand out things no one wants, you’ll be known as that lame house to avoid. Here are some ideas:
- Tattoos (pirate, biker, and wound tattoos are always big hits)
- Pencils (with fun patterns, words, and decorations)
- Erasers (keep ‘em fun)
- Party favors (bouncing balls, yo-yos, chalk, crayon sets, etc),
- Glow in the dark necklaces
- Raisins or other dried fruits
- Nuts (small packages)
- Fruit bars (the ones that are just fruit,only fruit and nothing but fruit - no sugar added)
- Grain and nut bars (avoid the chocolate coated, sugar-loaded versions)
- Glow in the dark balls
- Vampire teeth
- Money (I remember family that used to hand out dollar bills. You can do that or make it quarters, dimes, or nickels. Pennies are pretty lame. Save up your change all year long and you’ll be ready to go.)