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No Tricks! Just Healthier Halloween Treats!

13 Alternatives Kids Will Love

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  • FREE2LIVE777
    YES, too expensive!!! AND what kid will eat organic candy anyway- especially on Halloween! That's a day that parents let kids have treats they may not normally give them. So, on the day that they actually get all this junk they like for free- ya actually think they're going to look forward to organic candy in their bag?! Please! Oh, another reason it's not practical: too many kids to give treats too! - 10/22/2008 11:10:56 PM
  • These are nice alternatives for Halloween but not really affordable for me. We get too many Trick or Treaters to be able to fit this in my budget. - 10/20/2008 6:07:46 AM
  • I agree with a lot of people here, the stuff there is too expensive and kids probably won't eat it. It's up to parents to limit their kids. Holidays, especially Halloween, were the only times me and my sister got to have candy and were limited on what we could have each day. We were given sweet breakfast cereal as a treat growing up instead of candy and cookies.
    I'm not overweight today because I ate some candy as a kid, I'm overweight because I had bad eating habits as an adult. - 10/16/2008 10:49:57 AM
  • You can always give out non-candy treats like pencils, erasers, mini toys, stickers, bells, whistles, glow sticks. Many of these type of items can be found in party stores or dollar stores for less than the candy and will last a lot longer. - 10/15/2008 10:46:40 PM
  • There is no reason to waste money on products that will end up in the trash in almost all if not all of trick or treaters homes. Think about it folks........kids count on getting the candy treats, popcorn balls, sugar rush etc.......all of us did, and I can guarantee the "healthy" stuff such as raisins etc landed in a pile for my Mom to either take for herself or toss in the trash........it was the one day a year I could go nuts. If you're truly worried about your kids candy intake, set a daily limit and teach portion control as many have already said.......and realize it's NOT your place to police other peoples kids candy consumption. - 10/15/2008 9:55:34 PM
  • BIENEGOLD
    I really don't like the ginger chews (and I LOVE ginger), and I don't think most little kids would either. - 10/15/2008 8:17:22 PM
  • BIENEGOLD
    I really don't like the ginger chews (and I LOVE ginger), and I don't think most little kids would either. - 10/15/2008 8:17:13 PM
  • BIENEGOLD
    I really don't like the ginger chews (and I LOVE ginger), and I don't think most little kids would either. - 10/15/2008 8:17:05 PM
  • These are some great alternative suggestions that should make us all think before we just grab whatever to pass out; however, they are costly. There are more inexpensive treats like bags of pretzels.

    Yet, the snack-size of the candy does offer us the opportunity to teach our children about portion control. That's where the parents come in. As a parent, I'm already assuming the responsibility of making sure my children don't overindulge while allowing them to enjoy all the festivities of the holiday.

    If you feel better about handing out organic earth balls and can afford to do so -- go for it; but, the bottom line is that just re-thinking a tad without going overboard can help with healthier choices.

    Happy Halloween all! - 10/15/2008 5:00:49 PM
  • you know maybe some of you can afford all that so called good stuff,i can not.listen folks it is for halloween,not the start of oh,let's all eat healthy.a great many of the kids count out the candy so they can enjoy it for days anyway,let them be kids!!!!!!!they all have so much pressure on them for this and that.they grow up fast,and then they are gone,we have apprx. 150 treator's every year and they know when they come here it is worth it.remember the old fashin' way???still works today,you know they know you,so it does work!!!any way again let the kids have fun.... - 10/15/2008 3:46:07 PM
  • It's a shame that High Fructose Corn Syrup is government subsidized, making "normal" candy so much cheaper than treats that are better both nutritionally and environmentally. This is still a great list of sweet treats to feed kids (and a few of us adults!), but not as practical for high-traffic neighborhoods on Halloween. - 10/15/2008 9:41:19 AM
  • those ginger chews are awesome but I doubt too many demon spawn would actually like them -they're definitely adult flavors...

    69 cents a treat? that makes for a very expensive halloween goodie basket.

    The animal crackers are a fine idea...

    Or just work late and avoid the begging altogether :) - 10/15/2008 9:10:19 AM
  • those ginger chews are awesome but I doubt too many demon spawn would actually like them -they're definitely adult flavors...

    69 cents a treat? that makes for a very expensive halloween goodie basket.

    The animal crackers are a fine idea...

    Or just work late and avoid the begging altogether :) - 10/15/2008 9:08:39 AM
  • NOTFAR2GO
    I have never given candy at Halloween. I order carnival prizes from Oriental Trading (can I include that?) or other fall carnival supply places and give out inexpensive toys. They are probably more expensive than candy but much more memorable and our once a year gift to the neighborhood kids. Ours was always the house they felt safe to ask if they could come in and go to the bathroom while out trick-or-treating and I think the thought that went into the treats created that feeling. I am now having new moms bring their little ones while they tell me stories of things they (the moms) received at our house years ago. - 10/15/2008 8:20:20 AM
  • I use microwave popcorn for Halloween treats. The kids love it. - 10/15/2008 12:49:56 AM

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