Give Trick-or-Treaters Something Good – and Healthy! – to Eat
Think ghouls, ghosts and goblins are the scariest part of Halloween? If you’re a parent, the most terrifying part of the holiday is surely the gobs of sugar-loaded snacks that your kids will get while trick-or-treating.
You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses – not when the Joneses are handing out junk foods that will have the kids in a sugar-induced coma by the time they get home. Of course, you don’t want to be the house that all the neighborhood kids avoid, either. So when trick-or-treaters demand “something good to eat,” give them guilt-free treats that they will love.
Avoiding junk food is serious business for kids and their families these days. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start kids on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholestoerol.” It is vital that we all do what we can – yes, even on Halloween – to ensure that our children remain fit and healthy.
Although it would be nice to hand out apples or healthy foods that you’ve prepared yourself, for safety reasons many parents only allow their children to have snacks that in unopened packages. Some ideas along those lines that are sure to please:
Individual packs of organic fruit snacks, graham crackers, cookies, or snack bars (such as those made by Annie’s Organic and Earth’s Best) that are made without artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, but still offer the sweetness kids want in a Halloween treat.
Fruit leathers made with no added sugars have vitamins and antioxidants can count as a half to a full serving of fruit. ClifKid, Stretch Island, and Trader Joe’s all make delicious, kid-friendly choices.
Other yummy items that all the kids will enjoy include organic applesauce snack packs, juice boxes and mini boxes of raisins (or any dried fruit).
Single-serving bags of pretzels, veggie chips, or microwave popcorn are a savory alternative to all the sweet treats.
Of course, you can also hand out non-food items that will still thrill treat-or-treaters. Look for Halloween-themed goodies at dollar stores or in bulk from online novelty stores, such as US Toy Company. Items like
stickers, keychains, notepads, pencils, crayons, erasers, stamps, bookmarks, rings, and finger puppets are treats that will last longer than those sugary snacks.
If you take the time and energy to get creative with Halloween treats, you’ll get smiles from the little superheroes and vampires at your door – and from their grateful parents.