A day where you can be anyone you want? Where you run around and get free candy all night? Halloween seems like the perfect holiday for kids, but it might be time to take a closer look at this fun, sugar-filled tradition. The unfortunate fact is that candy is bad for your teeth and your health. The CDC reports that 42 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 11 have cavities. While this is a serious health concern, it doesn’t mean that Halloween can’t still be fun! It just means that this year, maybe we should lay off the candy. To help you with this, we’ve put together a list of 5 crowd-pleasing, healthy, Halloween candy alternatives to consider.
These are a great option because most trick-or-treating aged kids love them. They’re popular, they save money – ringing up at just cents for entire sheets – and they completely remove sugar from the equation. Most dollar stores and supermarkets will sell Halloween themed tattoos for the occasion.
Running from house to house in heavy costumes, jumping from porches, and comparing contents of plastic pumpkin buckets is tiresome. All that trick-or-treating can really work up a thirst for both kids and parents. Most people will appreciate a little refreshing hydration en route to the next house.
Many brands offer special “Halloween editions” of kid-sized popcorn bags, which stick to the holiday theme without being sugary and cavity-inducing. In addition to being a better option for the pearly whites, the novelty of a “fun-sized” popcorn bag is amusing for kids.
They’re in season, they’re healthy, and parents will thank you for it. Kids who eat apples and popcorn instead of buckets of candy might be a bit more tame and easier to put to bed at the end of the night!
Another cost effective option, glow sticks cost about a dollar for a pack of 15. They’re one of the cheapest alternatives and just as cool as candy. Glow sticks have other benefits as well – they help keep kids safe from cars and they make it easier for parents to locate them in the dark.