It’s getting to be that wonderful time of year, when leaves take over lawns, pumpkins fill porches and – at least in my house - cotton ball ghosts decorate the refrigerator. Unfortunately, it also means an influx of Halloween candy coming your way soon.
We don’t eat
any alot of candy in our house, though I do keep a stash of dark chocolate on-hand in the freezer at all times. And truth be told, I’ve picked up three bags of Halloween candy already. However, I blame that entirely on (1) a great coupon and (2) the need for M&M’s to bribe encourage a certain stubborn red-head to use the potty.
Hey, whatever works, and work it does. Healthy as I am, I’m not above a morsel of chocolate in return for a wee bit of pee. Yes folks, this is a desperate SoulMomma.
But I digress. Ever since said red-head has entered our lives, I find myself more and more against the huge mass of high fructose corn syrup and other junk/chemicals/additives that accumulate on and near October 31. Just looking at it tempts my thighs to expand and my blood sugar to rise. Not to mention what it does to our kids.
When I was growing up, the plastic-wrapped bunches of pennies we got every year from one neighbor were definitely not cool, but those sweet old folks were on to something. In the spirit of encouraging healthier choices, here are some ideas for treats that trump another bar of chocolate (and are way cooler than plastic-wrapped pennies). I promise the parents in your neighborhood will thank you.
- Halloween themed mini-erasers or pencils
- Silly Bandz
- Temporary tattoos
- Glow sticks
- Hair clips or barrettes
- Seed packets
- Mini cookie-cutters
- Bead necklaces, Mardi Gras style
- Mini pumpkins
- Real fruit strips
- Kids energy bars
- Honey sticks (not for children under two)
You can find these treats at almost any discount or dollar store. Considering the cost of candy these days – and the bags that seem to get smaller every year – I don’t think seeking these out will hurt the wallet much. If in doubt and as an alternative, consider traditional candy for the older kids and these special treats for the smaller tykes.
How do you curb the mass of Halloween candy at your house? What ideas do you have for healthier treats?
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