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Halloween treats: Suggestions for alternative treats?

I don’t want to give out junk for Halloween anymore. Kids are fat enough. What other treats do kids enjoy?

With the current state of health among children today, the last thing they need is more empty calories. The good news is kids love all kinds of treats that are good for them. The thing is to make them interesting, unusual and fun. For example, toothbrushes may be practical, but you probably won’t get a positive response when you’re passing them out! Below is a list of items sure to please Trick-or-Treaters. Try them and see:

  • Wax lips
  • Wax fangs
  • Eyeball gumballs
  • Stickers
  • Small card game decks
  • Hackey sacks
  • Punch balls
  • Tiny bubble bottles
  • Party whistles
  • Bouncing balls
  • Party favors
  • Colorful plastic drinking straws
  • Tiny pinball games
  • Silly cardboard glasses
  • Silly ears
  • Hand stamps
  • Small stencils
  • Small Play-Doh
  • Kazoo
  • Flying discs
  • Glow bracelets
  • Inspirational rubber bracelets
  • Colorful pencils
  • Mini yo-yo’s
  • Paddleball
  • Tiny plastic spiders

If you have a difficult time finding any of the above items, go to this link. Once you’ve celebrated Halloween this way, kids will get excited about non-candy items.

For more healthy snacks for kids at Halloween see the following article from TheDietChannel: Healthy Halloween: Throw a Party & Distract Your Kids from Candy.


Michele Silence, MA
Contributing Expert

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