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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.)

Halloween Basket

  1. 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

  2. Stickers

    Kids love to decorate notebooks and other supplies with stickers.

    Cost: $.25 per sheet of 8

  3. Eye Mask

    Masks can be fun all year round!

    Cost: $.50

  4. Pencil/Pen Set

    Kids can take these to school the next day or use them at home.

    Cost: $.89

  5. Action Figures

    Great for boys!

    Cost for 5 figures: $.40

  6. Paint/Paintbrush Set

    What child doesn't love to paint?

    Cost per set of 2 washable paints: $.90

  7. Glow Stick

    This is a great option for older kids.

    Cost per stick: $.30

  8. Mini Pumpkins

    When presented with a choice, some children may opt for a fun fall decoration.

    Cost range: $.50-$.75

  9. Bead Necklaces

    Fun for girls.

    Cost: $.25 per necklace

  10. Healthier Candy

    This may require some legwork and extra cost. Options include:

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!


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