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Have a Green Halloween: Alternatives to Candy for Trick or Treat
Be Environment and Health Conscious
Instead of purchasing bags of sugar-loaded candy that will most likely sit around someone's home for the next few months, why not do something different for the trick or treaters in your life? There are other alternatives that are healthier for kids and won't add to our landfills in the form of millions of candy wrappers or plastic toys.
If you want to give out a treat that can be used, think of things like pencils or bookmarks. Brightly colored shoe laces are fun and unique. Coloring books and activity books are great learning tools that are fun for kids. Miniature books are also a good idea to get the kids into reading.
Look for items that are made of recycled materials and come with very little packaging.
Fun pencils in a large pack.
Barrettes, charms and yarn bracelets are popular for girls. Small boxes of crayons are non-toxic and make fun treats. Small wood toys, temporary tatoos, and stickers can be fun for younger kids. Coins are always a hit, even if it's just a penny or nickel.
If you prefer to give out food items but are looking for a healthy alternative to Halloween candy, there are many cheap options. Small boxes of raisins, dried fruit or veggie chips are healthy choices that are hits with kids. Granola bars or juice boxes are also popular, as well as popcorn.
Other Ways to Be Green
Use recycled bags for your little trick or treaters. Walk to the houses you will be visiting if you will be taking the kids trick or treating. If you have to go very far, try to carpool with other parents to save on gas. If you get more than your kids can use, share some with other people. Take extras to nursing homes or other places where the visit will be as appreciated as the candy.
Instead of trick or treating with your kids, have them help you bake cookies or healthy snacks to take to a homeless shelter or assisted living center. Call first to see if homeade treats are welcome. This can become a fun tradition to start with your kids to teach them the fun of giving treats.