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Halloween Candy Alternatives

It’s October, and Halloween is just around the corner. And while this candy-filled spookfest is fun for kids and parents alike, all those sweet treats your kids are sure to come home with can really do a number on their teeth. Just think: hundreds of servings worth of extra sugar, hanging out in your home, just waiting to be consumed.

It doesn’t have to be like this. Here are some ideas for fun alternatives to Halloween candy that won’t rot your kids’ teeth. Both parents and children can get behind these fun alternatives.

little girl trick or treating, woman giving her halloween candy alternatives

Toys

There are plenty of toys to keep kids busy during Halloween. It’s good wholesome fun for everyone! Toys are great because kids can start playing with them right away and even trade them with other kids for different toys. Possible toys include:

  • Bouncy balls
  • Mini Play-Doh
  • Slinkies
  • Glow sticks
  • Bubbles

Accessories

Accessories can also be traded and will last far longer than candy will. Some accessories may even come in handy during the school day! Possible accessories include:

  • Stickers
  • Fake jewelry
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Colorful school supplies

Healthy Food

If you want to forgo the candy but stick with an edible theme, stock your candy dish with healthy snacks for kids to grab. Other parents will thank you for looking out for everyone’s long-term health. Healthy snack ideas include:

  • 100-calorie snack bags of crackers, pretzels or popcorn: perfect for the Halloween munchies after walking around all night
  • Cheese sticks or cowbell cheese: a great way for kids to keep up their energy and stave off a sugar crash
  • Small bottles of water, seltzer, or unsweetened iced tea: the perfect refreshing beverage after spending the evening outdoors

After a long night out trick-or-treating, your kids will still get to enjoy fun treats, and you won’t have to worry that they’re damaging the health of their teeth in the process.

If you want to discuss what is or isn’t healthy for your children’s teeth, contact our friendly team today. We’re here to help!

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