Skip the sugar this Halloween

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Kids just love Halloween and who can blame them? Costumes and candy? Yes please! Getting dressed up is always a blast and well, candy is just delicious. But so, SO bad for our little ones—and for the parents who have to try to resist the temptation to raid their bags.

Processed sugar intake causes all sorts of health problems and this yearly binge is enough to make any health conscious mom cringe. But we don’t want to spoil the fun so what’s a mom to do?

We recently came across an awesome post outlining 40 alternatives to candy for Halloween treats that has some great ideas of items you can hand out to keep the candy at a minimum while still giving trick or treaters something to be happy about. After all, nobody wants to be condemned as the house that hands out apples (we always avoided that one every year!). Here are a few of our favourites:

  1. Temporary Tattoos

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I’ve yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love temporary tattoos! There’s just something about them that makes every kid feel super cool and special. They will definitely get excited finding these in their bag at the end of the night – extra points for glow-in-the-dark ones! Be sure to only buy those that list all ingredients and are non-toxic. For safe and easy removal, just use baby oil.

  1. Stickers

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Again, what kid doesn’t love stickers? And there are sooooo many to choose from. I love these Mickey Mouse ones but there are also sparkly ones, glittery ones, glow-in-the-dark ones, 3D ones, gel ones, foam ones…the list goes on. Not to mention they’re available at dollar stores so you won’t break the bank with this handout.

  1. Bouncy Balls

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Another hit with all kids, bouncy balls offer tons of fun that will likely last longer than that bag of candy (assuming they don’t get lost first). Keep your head up though, cause these things travel at lightning speed. Again, glow-in-the-dark ones are an easy favourite or you can grab these Halloween-themed ones at Party City.

Letting your children enjoy a bit of candy isn’t the end of the world but you have to make sure you check all of it before they go to town. If anything looks like it’s been opened or isn’t in its originally wrapper, throw it out! And if you are really concerned about the amount of candy your child is eating, negotiate a deal to buy it off of them. You can get rid of it however you so choose and they can enjoy having a little bit of spending money. Wishing all of you a safe, spooky, and happy Halloween!

--Lisa

 

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