Halloween is a time for costumes, pumpkin carving, and of course: trick-or-treating! But those large doses of sugar and high fructose corn syrup can put a big damper on your otherwise healthy lifestyle. Ditch the sweets and try something new this year. Check out these 5 awesome, healthy Halloween alternatives to give to trick-or-treaters that the whole family will love!
1. Spooky Toys & Games
Every kid loves toys and games, and lucky for us, they make TONS of pocket items that fit perfectly in a Halloween candy bucket. Stock up on yo-yo’s, pocket board games, bubbles, inflatables, finger puppets, and more! Fun games and activities are a great way to make sure trick-or-treaters are not weighed down with sugar. It also gives kids a chance to get out there to play and socialize.
2. Creepy Cool School Supplies
Sure, candy is sweet, but once it’s scarfed down, there really isn’t anything good to show for it. Finding gifts that will be useful after Halloween night is sure to please parents and children alike. School supplies like pencils, pens, pencil cases, rulers, and erasers can be found with fun Halloween themes for a prize trick-or-treaters will love! Providing fun school supplies as a healthy Halloween candy alternative means kids won’t go without school necessities and can show off their new supplies in class. It’s a win-win!
3. Wicked Accessories
You can also help your family and friends look the part and celebrate Halloween with fun, themed accessories. No trick-or-treat outfit is complete without a little Halloween flair. Masks, glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets, and temporary tattoos are just some of the accessories you can load up on as an alternative to sugary snacks. The kids will have a blast dressing up and adding new pieces to their costume for the night!
4. Awfully Great Arts & Crafts
Fun art supplies are also a healthy Halloween alternative to give to trick-or-treaters. Play doh, beads, and stickers are just some of the crafts you can hand out for kids to share with their friends and family. Give trick-or-treaters the opportunity to go home and create something that will help them remember the night!
5. Scary Snacks
You don’t have to give up delicious treats completely to have a healthy Halloween. Try handing out snacks like sugarless gum, granola bars, and pretzels to give trick-or-treaters food that is better for them. Raisins and dried fruit with no artificial dyes or preservatives are also a great option.
If you’re really trying to stick to the Halloween theme, try some universally loved fall foods like apples and pumpkins. Apples are a candy alternative that can be paired with caramel or peanut butter and even baked. Pumpkin seeds are also a fall favorite that you can buy pre-packaged or make from scratch using your favorite fall recipe.
Whether you’re worried about what to give trick-or-treaters suffering from food allergies or just watching your family’s sugar intake, these healthy alternatives are sure to be a hit for Halloween. Visit the Lafayette Family YMCA to learn more about bettering the health and fitness of your family!
Celebrate Halloween at the Y!
Join us for Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 21, 2016! This is a free, safe, and unique way to trick or treat by going “trunk to trunk” in a family-friendly, festive atmosphere. All candy must be pre-packaged, and we welcome you to decorate your car for fun. After trick or treating, we would love for you to join us for a light snack and a movie in our gym. Please bring a blanket or chairs for comfort. We will be showing “Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Visit our site for more details!
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