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Hand out party favors instead of candy for Halloween

Connie Bennett MSJ, CHHC is a former sugar addict and author of Sugar Shock! (Penguin Group). Her book has been endorsed by many experts, including Oprah, regular and bestselling YOU author Dr Mehmet Oz, who says it 'spills the beans.' C...

Halloween trick or treat

Adults, don't fall into the candy-giving trap this Halloween when those adorable, costume-clad kids ring your doorbell. Handing out those traditional blood-sugar bouncing "treats" is a "tricky" proposition. All that candy could send your neighbor's kids into SUGAR SHOCK!--which means you could contribute to their getting all kinds of health and emotional problems.

Halloween trick or treat

Not sweet treats

You certainly don't want to do anything that could help make these innocent children become angry, moody, depressed, tired, wired, sleepless, unfocused, or fat from those sugary foods, right?

This Halloween, choose fun alternatives instead. There's no limit to the options. You could give out all kinds of fun, age-appropriate doodads and gizmos, such as: 

  • Glow-in-the-dark insects, spooky fingers and other objects
  • Halloween-themed stickers, pencils, temporary tattoos, or other toys
  • Holiday chalk, crayons, colored pencils, pens or animal-shaped erasers
  • Rubber worms, spiders, or other creepy figures
  • Non-Halloween-themed party favors such as hair clips, hair bands, scrunchies, plastic bracelets and rings (for girls).
  • Party favors such as engine whistles, key chains, pens, and stickers. (For boys or girls).

Rest assured, too: Kids will like your creative Halloween-giving ideas. In fact, researchers found that these non-candy favors can be a big hit.

One study from Yale University revealed that half of the 284 trick-or-treaters aged 3 to 14 didn't want lollipops, fruit-flavored chews, or hard candies. Yeah, instead they preferred such toys as glow-in-the-dark insects, stretch pumpkin men, or Halloween-themed stickers and pencils.

Think snacks, not candy

If you still insist on giving out food, try giving trick-or-treaters small, pre-packaged: 

  • Almonds or walnuts (Stay away from peanuts since some children are allergic to them.)
  • Shelled sunflower seeds or pistachios
  • Raisins (Although these are high in natural sugar, they're far preferable to candy.)
  • Bottled water (Yeah, kids will be thirsty from all that trick-or-treating door to door!)

So this Halloween, forego those nutrient-lacking candies. Decide to do something nice for your neighborhood's kids and instead give out something fun or at least more healthy.

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