What sort of goodies will you be handing out this Halloween? For most people, pre-Halloween preparations involve purchasing large amounts of candy. Costumed kids aren’t the sole consumers of the sweet confections. Before the first trick-or-treater hits your doorstep, you’ve likely taste-tested your candy offerings. And if there’s a surplus of candy after the October 31st festivities it’s likely to be eaten by someone in your home.
There are 3 main reasons why we should think about non-food candy options for Halloween treats.
- Because most of us lack the willpower to withstand candy’s temptation, buying it to give to kids means we are going to eat more of it ourselves.
- We have a major childhood obesity problem. Candy doesn’t help.
- Trick-or-treaters will get plenty of candy from other people. So see #1 again.
Here are some ideas for non-candy (but still fun) Halloween treats:
- Small toys, such as super bouncy balls or small plastic spiders or ghosts
- Bracelets or hair accessories
- Colorful pencils, erasers, or pencil toppers
- Temporary tattoos or stickers
You can also choose to offer some healthy food items:
- Snack size bags of pretzels or crackers
- Individual packages of raisins
- 100% juice boxes
You may be thinking that giving kids a pack of raisins in lieu of candy will motivate them to toilet-paper your house. Several years ago I ran out of candy on Halloween with a still-steady stream of costumed kids on my doorstep. Quick thinking led me to my pantry: I had raisin boxes and individual cups of applesauce. No one turned up a masked nose to my offerings. Offer kids healthy treats for Halloween. It’s not just about keeping kids healthy. Making your home a candy-free zone reduces temptation and makes you healthier, too.