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Sometimes I feel like there is candy, cookies, and cake around every corner. In fact, school birthdays, family parties, team snack bags, and all the holidays seem to drown our children in sweets. Eating excess amounts of added sugar not only contributes to the obesity epidemic but also can damage your heart. So, this Halloween, instead of grabbing a bag of candy for your little ghosts and goblins, try a non-candy alternative! Here are 10 safe and creative ideas to help get you started:
With the recent push for healthier snack options, pretzels are now available in individually packaged bags and can be found in the Halloween isle!
While being plenty sweet with naturally occurring sugars, raisins are a dried fruit that is also a good source of iron. Also, they are sold in mini boxes to make the perfect treat.
With the added benefit of fiber, popcorn is a fun snack that is also a whole grain. If you don’t find it in the Halloween isle, try the section with individually packaged chips and crackers.
Goldfish are a kid favorite! They can be found on the same isle as popcorn or in the Halloween isle.
5) Animal crackers
Animal crackers taste a lot like cookies, but are low in added sugar, and are available in small, individual packages. Not to mention, the animal shapes are fun and cute!
If you’ve got a lot of young kids in your neighborhood, stickers are a real hit! Check out the dollar store or Amazon for large sticker collections that you can cut into many individual giveaways. Consider these fun and highly rated Halloween stickers!
If you want to mix in something for the older kids, you can pick up some fun pencils to mix into those stickers. Again, you can find them at the dollar store or on Amazon. Check out these cute Halloween pencils with colorful erasers.
Bubbles are another hidden gem! They are sold in many mini varieties and may even be found on Amazon or at your local party store in fun colors or Halloween themes. Consider these colorful and wildly entertaining mini bubble wands.
There are hundreds of styles, colors, scents, and shapes of erasers and kids love them! Check out your favorite party supply store, dollar store, or Amazon to find the perfect ones for your visiting kiddos. In fact, they’ll love these pumpkin jack-o-lantern mini erasers!
10) Miscellaneous party favors
Check online for large bags of various party favors like tops, plastic figurines, costume rings and bracelets, kazoos, and key chains.
By thinking outside of the candy isle, you are doing your part to protect the health of the kiddos in your neighborhood. These ideas aren’t just for Halloween either! Remember your non-candy treats for birthday gift bags and pinatas, Christmas stockings, and Easter baskets.
Lastly, keep in mind that any food items you choose should come individually packaged for the safety of the kids and the peace of mind of their parents. Have fun picking out your non-candy Halloween treasures and have a happy Halloween!