As a mom, I definitely would love to see a little less Halloween candy. Last year we went trick or treating to the houses on our street, maybe 15 houses and my girls had a reusable grocery bag full. There were full-sized chocolate bars and full boxes of cookies! That’s a lot of junk food for three kids.
Alternatives to Handing Out Candy this Halloween
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Oh, Halloween. How I, personally, love you, or at least I love the chocolate, the rockets, oh the memories of trick or treating with my dad.
With all the allergies out there, Teal Pumpkin comes to mind, what is Teal Pumpkin?
Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available. You can learn more here. All kids should get the chance to experience Halloween.
Dollar Store Halloween Candy Alternatives
The dollar store is a great source for some of these:
- temporary tattoos
- activity pads
- small containers of PlayDough
- glow sticks
- small bottles of bubbles
My girls aren’t big on eating junk food. They will eat the better part of what they get but it will probably take them until Christmas to do so.
My kids would rather go into the fridge and grab a handful of grape tomatoes or an apple. Which I love, because I am not the health of a person myself, but they are on the right path to eating healthy on their own. (And I have no idea how this happened, I must have done something right.)
When my kids get playdough, crayons, or stickers in their treat bags, they are super excited, they love hands-on, plus instead of rotting out their teeth, because there are those that worry about that, or getting a “sugar high” they are having fun, which is what Halloween is about after all right? Fun!
Things like playdough last a lot longer than a tiny, two-bite chocolate bar.
What do you hand out for Halloween treats? Do you do food type treats or steer clear of foods?
Free Halloween Checklist Printable
Check a list of things you want to get finished this Halloween so you don’t forget a thing!