Today about 1 in 3 kids in the United States are considered overweight or obese, and many parents and adults are looking for ways to help kids lead healthy lifestyles. As part of this trend, parents are making different choices about the treats they hand out at Halloween, too.
Yes, Halloween is a holiday known for its chocolaty goodness. But you can make it a little more health-conscious by swapping sugar-laden candy treats with our five candy alternatives.
Tip: When your own trick-or-treaters return with their loot, emphasize moderation. A little chocolate isn’t a bad thing, but a little can go a long way.
5. Pre-packaged Snacks
Instead of giving away chocolate bars and candy, pick up healthier pre-packaged options this Halloween. Replace chocolate bars with granola bars and fruit chews with dried fruit packs. Also consider adding single serving bagged pretzels, juice boxes and cheese sticks to your treat bowl, but keep them low-calorie, low-fat versions.
4: Stickers & Other Halloween-themed Items
Halloween-themed pencils, stickers, coloring books and crayons or markers are often front and center in discount store displays, right along with the costumes and decorations. Crayola, for example, has you covered with their Halloween Crayon Treat Pack. Not only do they last longer than a candy bar, they inspire kids’ imagination – which is exactly what this holiday should do.