As Halloween creeps it's way closer to our doorways this holiday season remember to keep our children safe and healthy.
With all the candy allergies kids have and kids with braces or other dental issues, sugar problems etc., how do you think those kids deal with looking at candy they love but can't eat? So, why not give the kids in your neighborhood a fun, "no candy" trick or treat!
Pass the word around to the rest of the families in the neighborhood and give a shot to a safe and fun Halloween Trick or Treat night!
You ask, "I am giving to a large number of trick or treaters and one bag of candy handles a lot of kids, so how do I have as much of something non-candy?" Here's some suggestions.
( Those big bags of candy cost $5- $9 a bag. How many bags does it take on Halloween night?)
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1. Party Favors. Look in the party section of the local discount store or dollar store. Those plastic jewelry items, chalks, little hand-held games, crayon sets, bubble blower things and so much more! Buy a few of those, and you have a lot!
2. Grain style snack bars or Fruit snacks! No chocolate, no candy and less sugar! These are healthy and low sugar and most kids love them as much as candy anyway!
3. School and craft supplies: So many stores now have a $1 Isle - pick up a package of pencil erasers, pens/pencils, tablets, stickers, magnets and other school or craft supplies. Every kid can use a pencil and a Halloween print pencil is so much fun! And stickers...what kid doesn't love stickers!
4. Accessories - these are more for the little girls, but hair accessories - barrettes, pony tail bands, head bands and such are a great treat!
5. Hot cereals - Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat - each box holds 8-10 individual packets of this healthy cereal - and they are sealed closed. These days, they come in fun packages with characters on the front, little games on the back and perfect for breakfast the next morning!
6. Packets of hot chocolate: Again, one box hold 8-10 packets. Some even come with mini marshmallows in them! Perfect for a bed time snack as they sort their Halloween treasures!
7. Juice box/bag drinks. Buy a large, economy size case of box/bag juice drinks- the kind with the attached straw. A great treat and will be loved by all that gets them!
8. Mini bottle of water! You can buy little 6-8oz size of bottled water in a case - something like $4.00 for 24 bottles. The perfect treat for the "melt-down" after that long walk!
9. Small boxes of raisins or other dried fruits, snack packs of crackers with cheese or peanut butter, 100-calorie packets of popcorn, a small packet of pretzels all make healthy alternatives to candy.
10. Pudding or jello packs also make nice alternatives to candy when your trick or treat callers ring your doorbell.
11. Kids love getting the cereal that comes in small boxes, too, or pull-apart cheese sticks as an alternative to candy. For those old enough to have it, sugar-free bubble gum goes over well, too.
Going through this list of alternatives to candy for your Halloween trick or treat visitors is bound to trigger creative ideas of your own. None of the fun will be lost in the interest of introducing healthier treats on this night of fun and laughter when you put your mind to it!
THANK GOD I'M A FARM GIRL!