I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween. Growing up, my mom loved the holiday. Every Halloween I can remember my mom would greet me at the bus stop decked out like a scarecrow, a chef or a witch. Then, we would eat a quick bite, put on our costumes and head out to trick-or-treat. Later that night when we were back at home, my brother and I would trade candy and eat Whoppers and Sugar Daddies until we got sick.
Now that I’m the mom, I am not too thrilled with all the sugary treats my children come home with. In the U.S. today, 18.5 percent of children are obese (CDC). Consider also that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are on the rise for children and teens (NIH). Do we really want to contribute to these scary statistics or might there be some healthier options? And what about the growing number of children with food allergies and sensitivities to food dyes? Surely, we can find some better, healthy alternatives.
Here are some healthy but still fun ideas for trick-or-treat goodies. You can buy many of these alternatives to candy in bulk or at the dollar store for an economical option.
Don’t worry that your house might be rolled because you are not handing out the traditional Halloween candy. Give the neighborhood kids (and their parents) a break from all the sugary sweets with these healthier, but still fun, Halloween candy alternatives! And if you’re the parent, why not dress up with your kids this year? Make a memory they will cherish forever.