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No Tricks! Just Healthier Halloween Treats!
13 Alternatives Kids Will Love
10/14/2008 10:18:28 PM
A lot of the food in this article actually tastes Very good. I've eaten many of them myself and I know many kids who Love them. The only difference is that it's better for them and it's not snickers. But I have to say, stick to the candy. Kids don't like getting fruit for Halloween, even if it does taste good. Portion control is great if it's practiced, but all that sugar isn't good for anyone, no matter how long it takes you to eat it. I'm the only one who emerged with a serious weight problem out of my brother and sister, but we were all fat as kids. I'm sure candy didn't help (and my parents portioned our candy). I don't give out any kind of candy for Halloween. I much rather give out something that will last a lot longer. And I like to be different. I've never seen a kid whine (and I didn't either) because they got a toy instead of sugar.
Where we live today, we only get our 3 grandchildren for Trick or Treat, but when our kids were young and we lived in a small town, I often ran out of treats after 125 visited our door. I certainly couldn't afford the treats shown here, even though it is a good idea. I agree with those who say it is a great time to teach Portion Control.
I have to agree that the prices on these things are rather ridiculous. I also think that Halloween is quite a bit about the candy. I never once as a kid got a belly ache from eating too much candy, neither did my brother. We were allowed to have a set amount of our candy each day and that was that. It about lasted us till Christmas, when we got our next batch of bite-sized candies. I think instead of focusing so much on "organic" crap that tastes like crap and costs an arm and a leg, we need to be addressing the real issue of portion control. Everything in moderation. And just make sure your trick or treating route is plenty long enough to burn some calories in advance.
I always give VERY nice treats to the first 20 children who come to my house, because I am sure that they are the closes neighbor children and I want them to know they are "our" kids. Then the rest I give out the "regular" treats.
10/14/2008 6:36:21 PM
I have to say I agree with GRAMMACSUE! Being only 20 years old I can remember the days of trick or treating and pillaging through my bag afterwards and let me tell you we knew the difference between the good stuff and the bad (AKA healthier). For me it was out with everything not chocolate! It is commendable though to pass out healthier treats but at least for my friends and me at that age it would have been a waste!
Unless parents make a big deal about an alternative being "good for you" many healthier treats pass muster with nary a fuss. If you're determined to dole out the more traditional candy, PLEASE read the labels! I have been amazed at the calorie and fat differences among traditional candies and candy bars.
"Treat" the kids (yours and your neighbors'!) with little prizes and toys instead of candy, or stick to healthier fare... the fun of Trick Or Treating is in dressing up and gathering loot, not just getting a tummy ache from OD'ing on sugary goodies. And remember...as adults, it's our responsibility to provide what's good for the young ones, not to give them whatever they want just because they want it. Yeah, sometimes it's not fun to be responsible, but hey... we're the grown-ups!
I personally think this is very unrealistic! I have seen , way too many times, the healthy stuff get pitched when the little goblins get home and inventory their booty. Buy the healthy stuff for your own tribe but I think you are wasting your money passing it on to the parade of characters that comes to your door!
Honestly.. halloween candy is great in some ways.. it's all tiny portions of normal candy. You just have to learn not to eat it all at once.. and teach children the same way. It's a great way to learn portion control and that a small candy bar is a great treat and better than eating a big one. This stuff is just expensive nonsense if you ask me.
It's good to see healthy alternatives that kids might actually eat! I just wanted to say though, that I don't think those ginger candies are a good idea. They are quite spicy, probably too spicy for most children. I tried them during my first trimester of being pregnant and I could barely eat a whole chew. The more adventurous kids might like them though!
10/14/2008 11:56:54 AM
I love your suggestions, and I also agree w/ SLW - pencils and such are a GREAT alternative. (But I do hate all those horrid plastic toys....) Thanks for the reminders that there ARE better alternatives, no matter what your budget.
Did you price out this stuff? I live in a fairly quiet neighborhood, but I still get easily 40-50 trick-or-treaters, and I can't afford to buy a lot of this stuff in that sort of volume, and nowadays you can't give out anything that isn't professionally packaged. I guess it's back to the Sun-Maid minis for me . . .
10/14/2008 7:26:52 AM
It's commendable to give out "healthy treats"...but at those prices who can afford to buy large quantities if you live in a child-filled neighborhood? If you don't want to give out candy, try Halloween-themed pencils or small toys; just remember to make it age-appropriate for the babies and toddlers.
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