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Healthy Halloween Alternatives: Trick-Or-Treat & Party Treats

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Halloween Party and looking for healthier treats? You are in luck because there are many healthy alternatives to all the sugary candy and snacks.

If you are having a party, wikiHow suggests making snacks. Wrapping various flavors of popcorn or pretzels in baggies or baking healthy cookies to hand out. Depending on the weather in your area, you can give spiced cider or hot cocoa mixes if it is cold and iced fruit juice pops if it is warm. Fruit or raisins are also an option. Making a homemade snack mix and bagging that is a favorite of mine: granola, raisins and dark chocolate chips mixed together.

Whether for a party or to hand out to trick-or-treaters, you might consider alternative favors. Packages of stickers are a great choice for younger children. Matchbox cars, a deck of cards, coloring books or fun miniature activities is another option. If you are having a party and are spending a little more on favors, a gift certificate to a fun store, zoo or miniature golf course would be excellent giveaways.

If you are more interested in ideas for trick-or-treaters, you have a lot of options. With food manufacturers focusing on low-fat, zero transfats, whole grains and portions sizes, there are many healthier choices available. Individually packaged portions are very popular making them a perfect choice for Halloween. You can even find organic and sugar-free options. If you are looking for healthier treats without taking all the fun away, choices like 100-calorie packs of crackers, Oreos, Chips Ahoy or other favorites are an easy fix.

Many companies have created wonderful options with whole grains. Kashi has a great selection of granola and cereal bars as well as a cookie which contains 100% whole grains and dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate without any filling is healthier than chocolate bars filled with caramel, nougat or other fillers. Dark chocolate also has healthful antioxidants. Salty treats like roasted soy nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are also a good alternative.

Yahoo Food suggests items such as Organic Jelly Gummy Bears, Tiny Trapeze Caramels, and CoCoaVia Blueberry and Almond Chocolate Bars. Health food stores are a great place too look for alternative treats as well.

When choosing Halloween snacks to hand out, whether at a party or to trick-or-treaters, keep in mind that many children have peanut allergies, which can be deadly. Avoid peanuts or trail mixes with peanuts. If you are unsure, check the label for ingredients. Halloween should be fun. Giving a kid a treat that is healthy without losing the fun of candy will win you points and keep them satisfied while addressing your concerns.

Resources:

Author unknown – “How To Give Healthy Treats For Halloween” – wikiHow.com

RealAge – “8 Healthy Halloween Treats that Taste Good” – Beauty Eats Yahoo Food a part of Shine

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