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Brittany Michael

Alternatives to a candy-filled Halloween

Everyone loves a little junk food, but with the number of children being overweight getting higher every year it is always a good idea to have some guidelines if you celebrate Halloween. Not only can your family make this a healthy occasion but a learning experience as well!

How to handle the Halloween treats:

Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child's room. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids.

Once your trick-or-treaters have returned with their Halloween goodies, let them have a treat or two a day instead of leaving candy out in big bags or bowls for kids to sample at will.

Consider buying back some of your child's remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.

When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they're safely sealed and there are no signs of tampering, such as small pinholes, loose or torn packages, and packages that appear to have been taped or glued back together.

What can you hand out other than candy?

Here are some alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters: bracelets, barrettes, pencil toppers, fake tattoos, jewelry, crayons, key chains, shoe laces, wax fangs, spider rings, bouncy balls and Play Doh.

Food items other than candy include: trail mix, pretzels, raisins, fruit cups, animal crackers, granola bars, 100% juice boxes, popcorn and small boxes of cereal.

Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself:

To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.

Encourage your child to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten -- and to stop before feeling full or sick.

You do the buying of Halloween candy, so purchase items that are better for you and the kids!


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