Halloween Candy – Healthy Alternatives Your Kids Will Love
- Gina V
On October 31 people are celebrating Halloween. These is one of the period of the year when I am terrified that my child will eat too many Halloween candy. Every year I was trying to find new healthy alternatives to Halloween candies.
Your kids, like mine, will love healthy alternatives to Halloween candy if you make them frightfully good. These are some ideas for healthy holiday food and celebrations that are low on sugar and still a lot of fun.
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Healthy Foods to Substitute for Traditional Halloween Candy
Make your own sinister snacks as Halloween candy
Kids love gross things. Use cookie cutters to design homemade cookies in shapes like ghosts and bats. My son loves this set of Halloween cookie cutters which are large forms of ghost, scared cat, skull, bat, coffin, pumpkin and witch’s hat. It is made of stainless steel, safe for dishwasher and it is safe for my son to use it. I had a pleasant surprise when I received the packet as it comes on its Halloween themed box.
Bake gingerbread zombies with missing limbs. You can adjust the conventional recipes to lower the sugar and substitute whole grain flour for half the white flour. If you need Halloween recipes, you can read this 123 Creative Halloween Recipes: Discover Halloween Cookbook Now for free on Kindle edition.
Kids will also love to eat fruit and vegetables if you arrange them right. Peel grapes so that they look like eyeballs. Make a skeleton shape out of carrot sticks and sliced vegetables.
Try sugar free or organic candy and gum
If you want to serve candy, try sugar free or organic brands. Read the labels to check on any chemicals you want to avoid and to find out how much sugar they contain. Sugar free gum is especially good to help keep dental plaque from forming if your kids eat any sugary candy. It stimulates saliva, which helps to fight tooth decay.
Hand out healthier foods as alternative to Halloween candy
There are lots of nutritious foods you can hand out for trick or treating or at parties. Focus on sturdy fruits and vegetables like baby carrots, raisins, apples, oranges, or bananas. Try pre-packaged cheese sticks or make your own packets of nuts.
Beware of cereal bars that may have as much sugar and fat as candy.
Create your own trail mix with granola, nuts, and dried fruit and serve in a Halloween Candy bowl.
The sophisticated older child may even like seaweed or unsalted soy nuts.
Serve hot chocolate or juice
Water is the best way to quench your kid’s thirst, but controlled portions of other liquids can also be reasonable choices. Small servings of hot chocolate will provide some warmth if the weather has already turned cold.
Individual juice boxes with straws will provide hydration and vitamins while keeping sugary drinks from sticking to your kid’s teeth.
Other Healthy Halloween Festivities and Ideas
Consider alternatives to trick or treating to replace the Halloween candy:
More and more parents are choosing healthy and safe alternatives to trick or treating.
These are some party ideas that switch the focus away from the candy.
Have a costume parade
Dressing up is a huge part of the holiday. Let the kids show off their costumes. Dream up creative categories so that everyone gets a prize. You could honor the best princess costume based on a movie and the princess with the prettiest shoes.
Tell scary stories in a haunted house
Halloween is supposed to be creepy. Turn your basement into a dungeon or make your backyard look like a cemetery. Practice some ghost stories or encourage the group to make up their own as they go along. Plant appropriate sound effects and props to enhance the scary parts.
Indulge your creative side. There are all kinds of holiday crafts you can enjoy with your kids. Get free ideas at the library or online. You can decorate pumpkins, make scarecrows or do some face painting. This way you might keep them busy for a week before the Halloween.
Hand out non-food treats
Whether you trick or treat or throw a party, you can hand out treats and favors other than candy. Give children stickers, temporary tattoos, coins, pencil toppers or small novelty toys. There are lots of small toys or any useful stuff available so, their parents will be grateful.
Black toothbrushes will come in especially handy this time of year. Just make sure there are no choking hazards for very young kids.
There are healthy alternatives to Halloween candy that will keep your kids happy and your dental bills down. Make this Halloween good and scary for you and your family.
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