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Healthy Halloween: Fun Alternatives to Candy

Halloween pumpkinsThe Halloween tradition: ghouls and creepy crawlers, cool costumes and candy — along with lots of sugar highs (and lows).

A decade or two ago, the biggest fears associated with Halloween candy were of a dental nature. But today, with childhood obesity at an all-time high and ever-increasing numbers of children with food allergies and sensitivities, many parents are seeking healthier, safer alternatives to chocolate bars, peanut clusters, artificial colors and high-fructose corn syrup.

With so many parents concerned about the type and amount of candy their child receives, maybe it’s time to avoid it altogether and opt for one of these FUN alternatives to Halloween candy:

Halloween Jewelry

Check your local party store for affordable priced Halloween-themed bracelets, necklaces and rings. Glow in the dark options are always popular with the kids, and parents will appreciate the added visibility they provide on dark streets.

Halloween Stickers

Little kids always love stickers! Offer a variety and let each child choose a few.

Vampire Teeth

If you can find the glow in the dark variety, that’s even better!

Bubbles

Bubbles can be found in small Halloween-shaped containers.

Finger Puppets

These can be in the shape of pumpkins, witches or ghosts and will keep kids occupied for hours.

Halloween Pens/Pencils/Erasers

These will come in very handy for school!

Halloween Tattoos

Tattoos are always a hit with kids big and small.

Small Toys

Toys like rubber or plastic snakes, spiders or bats.

Whistles

Whistles in the shape of ghosts or pumpkins.

Halloween Bouncy Balls

Look for glow in the dark versions.

Written by: Dr. Kiera Smialek, Naturopathic Physician at “Arizona Natural Health Center”

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About The Author

Dr. Smialek is a licensed naturopathic physician who treats children from birth to 18 years of age. She has a passion for nutrition and fitness.

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