Healthier Halloween

If you don't feel like contributing to the neighborhood children's tooth decay or weight gain, consider giving treats that are healthier.

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Halloween is a great kid's holiday -- good friends, creative costumes, event-filled parties -- all with a cool, spooky theme -- who could ask for more? Oh yes, one more thing, the treats -- lots of sugary candy treats!

With all the fun of this holiday come a parent's worst fears -- too many sugary treats in your kid's possession and the arguments that ensue over this treasured trove. If you don't feel like contributing to the neighborhood children's tooth decay or weight gain, consider giving treats that are healthier.

Healthier Halloween Treats:

  • Cheese and cracker packages
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Small bags of pretzels or popcorn
  • Small packages of nuts
  • Peanuts in the shell
  • Fruit-Roll Ups
  • Fortune cookies
  • Granola bars

Go Natural: If you are not opposed to sugar, but would prefer your treats to be natural or vegan, we suggest you visit your local natural food store or go online to shop. There are a variety of natural candy companies and many of them have developed Halloween Packaging. The one drawback to natural candies is that you can expect to pay more for these items.

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Tooth Fairy-Friendly: One product gaining popularity is xylitol products. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can help reduce tooth decay. Dr. John's Candies (http://www.drjohns.com) is one source for Xylitol candy and with a Google search, you can find others.

Homemade Treats: You could make homemade treats. Unless you are in a neighborhood with close friends, we don't suggest this approach. Most parents go through Halloween candy and throw out unopened, unwrapped or homemade treats. If you decide to make your treats, wrap your homemade item up well, and add your name and phone number to the bag with the treat. If the parent recognizes your name, it will make them feel the treat is safe.

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