A Healthier Halloween
Looking for alternatives to traditional Halloween fare? Would you like to give trick-or-treaters something other than conventional candy, without spending a fortune? Consider these readily available options! (Costs may vary between regions and stores.)
- Temporary Tattoos
While the ingredient list is not ideal, it's not a sugary treat, and kids enjoy them.
Cost for box of 4 tattoos: $.25
Notebook with 20 tattoos: $.50
Kids love to decorate notebooks and other supplies with stickers.
Cost: $.25 per sheet of 8
- Eye Mask
Masks can be fun all year round!
- Pencil/Pen Set
Kids can take these to school the next day or use them at home.
- Action Figures
Great for boys!
Cost for 5 figures: $.40
- Paint/Paintbrush Set
What child doesn't love to paint?
Cost per set of 2 washable paints: $.90
- Glow Stick
This is a great option for older kids.
Cost per stick: $.30
- Mini Pumpkins
When presented with a choice, some children may opt for a fun fall decoration.
Cost range: $.50-$.75
- Bead Necklaces
Fun for girls.
Cost: $.25 per necklace
- Healthier Candy
This may require some legwork and extra cost. Options include:
- YumEarth Organic Candy
- UNREAL Candy
- Endangered Species Chocolate (chocolate with Fair Trade certification)
Some of these options present choking hazards for small children. Consider having a separate basket of choices for toddlers.
Have a good-quality flashlight on hand to shine on the tray/basket so children can easily choose.
Most of all, enjoy the reward of knowing you're giving kids something a little healthier this Halloween!