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7 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Updated on October 29, 2014

It's almost that time of year! No, not Christmas, the fun holiday where you can dress up like your favorite character, and show your friends your cool costume. One tradition that might need some alternating is the candy however.

Don't get me wrong, a kid eating some candy at Halloween won't kill anyone, (unless you have a peanut allergy), but 1/3 of American kids are over weight, and nearly 2/3 of adults are overweight. My 8-year old will go trick-or-treating, and she will get candy and that's fine. However, I will manage how much and what kinds of candy she will eat. Help stop this cycle by doing something positive, use one of these Halloween alternatives!

Chem-Lights are a great candy-alternatives, because the trick-or-treater can use the Chem-Light immediately on their walk, and they will be more visible by drivers.

You will just eat candy in a few seconds, with these cool pencils, you can enjoy the Halloween fun for weeks to come! Your classmates will be so jealous! Well, maybe not, but they are still pretty nifty.

Temporary tattoos are a wonderful item to hand out to your trick-or-treaters. Growing up, my parents were fundamentalists, and I was not allowed to wear temporary tattoos, while my friends could. Now, I have tattoos and they don't. Wearing one, won't determine if they will get any tattoos when they grow up.

What kid doesn't love stickers? the kids are going to get beyond enough candy on Halloween, add a little spice by doing something nice, and giving the kids stickers is definitely something nice!

Kids love bracelets, their colorful and the kids can trade them. They are cheap for you, and cool for the kids. So it's win-win!

These little planes are so cool, and I have never seen these before until recently. you can get a bunch of then at the dollar store. This will provide your kids hours, okay, well minutes, of entertainment.

Play-doh is such a wonderful creative outlet for kids, so you getting the kids this item, you are inspiring their creativity! would you rather your kids engage art or eat a lot of candy?

When determining what kind of candies you will buy, if you are determined to but them, or when you are deciding what candies you want to eat, look at this chart to see what kind of exercise you will have to perform to work off the calories.

If you really want to hand out candy because you don't want to be "that house", here are a list of popular candies that are less than 100 calories. Keep in mind, how many candies that child will get that night. If they get 100 candies that are 100 calories, that's 10,000 calories.

Would You Consider Handing Out Candy Alternatives?

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, I still appreciate the compliment!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Say Yes to Life!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Vkwok!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Aver!

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      avee-angel18 3 years ago

      Great ideas..will try some today!!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      You have some good ideas here, Alli.

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      Yoleen Lucas 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      This is an EXCELLENT idea! I would have loved to receive these items as a kid! No worries about poison or needles...

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      Randall Guinn 3 years ago

      Maybe some of both, a mixture of a little candy and non candy items.