Halloween is hands-down my favorite holiday. I don’t need much of an excuse to dress up like an idiot, eat candy, and watch scary movies- but people look at me strangely when I do it all the other days of the year. On Halloween I get a chance to enjoy myself AND blend into a crowd, a rare opportunity for sure.
Costumes and movies aside, let’s examine the candy issue for a moment. Candy can be a wonderful thing, but huge amounts of excess sugar can wreak havoc on our health in ways too numerous to list here. Okay I’ll drop a couple scary possibilities: obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease- these are all disease states that could be associated with excessive sugar consumption. I wouldn’t wish those on anyone, especially not a kid!
Kids will get plenty of candy on Halloween and the days surrounding it, they don’t need to get it from your house. So what’s a trick-or-treating target to do? You don’t want to be the lame house that gives out pennies or toothbrushes. Here are some ideas for alternative Halloween treats that won’t give you a toothache- or Diabetes:
· Temporary Tattoos: I personally am a fan of real tattoos, but children seem to have a hard time committing to those for some reason. I found some Halloween-themed, individually wrapped temporary tattoos at Target for $4.00 (pronounced tar-jay, it’s very fancy).
· Mini Bubbles: Oriental Trading Company has mini bubble bottles in thrilling neon colors, 48 pieces for $4.99.
· Silly Bandz: Kids seem to really like these and I don’t quite understand why but they’re cheap and come in Halloween themes and colors. Back in my day we had slap bracelets that could easily cut your wrists- these kids just don’t know how good they’ve got it with these soft stretchy ones!
· Plastic Fangs: These are easily found in all sorts of varieties; metallic, brightly colored, glow in the dark. They’re probably not BPA-free. Just don’t microwave them before you use them, it’ll all be fine.
That’s all the Halloween bounty that I’ve acquired so far, but you get the general idea. There are oodles of cheap little toys and trinkets that are appropriate for all ages and won’t leave trick-or-treaters feeling disappointed.