Halloween Candy Alternatives

As a kid, filling your Halloween bucket to the brim with chocolaty sweets and sugary treats was the highlight of the Halloween experience.  Yes, there was even a time when we upgraded our plastic pumpkins to none other than good ol’ pillow cases.  It was a challenge to see who would end up with the most in their bag at the end of our trick-or-treating excursion.  Now that I’m a mom and have a child of my own, my perception of the sky-high mountain of candy has changed.  I tend to look at it envisioning future dental appointments, choking hazards, and hyperactivity from sugar overload.  Instead of passing out candy this year, here is a list of other items that are just as fun and cheap that kids will also enjoy:

  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Small coloring books
  • Bubbles
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Small puzzles
  • Finger puppets
  • Rubber bracelets
  • Stamps
  • Tops
  • Yo-yo
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Mini Play Doh
  • Silly twisty straws
  • Glow sticks or glow bracelets
  • Spider rings

Places like the Dollar Tree Store, party supply stores, and websites like www.orientaltrading.com sell these items for cheap and often in bulk.  If you still want to pass out a treat, look into healthier options such as cereal bars, trail mix, dried fruit snacks, mini boxes of raisins, or pretzels.

If your child ends up with more candy than you’d like, there are buy-back programs and events where dentists and organizations will take the candy in exchange for toothbrushes, coupons, and sometimes cash.  To look for a Buy-Back event in your neighborhood, check out: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/

Happy Trick-or-Treating!


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