Having giant bags of candy lying around your home can be a dangerous temptation if you have diabetes. Instead of buying a hauntingly hazardous dose of sugar, help keep you and your neighborhood healthy by passing out one of these fun candy alternatives:
Mini snack bags
Around Halloween time, you can find mini bags of salty snacks like pretzels and Goldfish crackers that make great candy alternatives. It’s nice to have something different among all the sweet treats. If you have any leftovers, you can use them as on-the-go snacks or pack them in your kid’s school lunches, but be careful of carb counts and mindful of the snacks' glycemic index.
These bright trinkets come in lots of different colors and can make a fun addition to costumes. Not only will kids have fun playing with glow sticks, but they can also be a safety measure. The glowing light will help drivers see kids trick-or-treating after it gets dark.
100 percent fruit juice boxes
Running around the neighborhood from house to house is hard work! Pass out juice boxes with 100 percent real fruit juice to give trick-or-treaters a healthy boost as they go door to door. Kids will enjoy the refreshing drink and parents will appreciate that sugar won't be added to their child’s already sugary evening.
You can find tons of fun Halloween-themed goodies at dollar stores and places like the Oriental Trading Company website. Pass out stickers, temporary tattoos, coloring books, or mini Play-Dohs as a fun alternative—they offer entertainment that lasts a lot longer than one bite of chocolate.
One note: avoid passing out any food that is homemade, as many parents are wary of non-packaged goods even if you have the best intentions.
If you feel like you are missing out on the treat part of Halloween yourself, buy one of your favorite chocolate bars to enjoy in between answering the door for trick-or-treaters and passing out your candy alternative. You’ll no longer feel deprived, but by having only one, you’ll be indulging sensibly.
Remember: it’s okay to be the healthy house on the street!