Happy soon-to-be Halloween! If you are like me, and you LOVE Halloween, you probably already started celebrating! I have been dressing up, participating in festivities, decorating my house, and baking all kinds of goodies. I even found a bag of uneaten Halloween candy from my work last year, along with some uneaten candy corn from last season. It was hard to believe I hadn’t eaten those soon after Halloween ended! But truthfully, it just wasn’t as appealing as it had been in the past. Not that I don’t have a sweet tooth – I definitely do – but the processed treats just didn’t taste as good as they used to.
As a kid, I would devour my candy within a week or so. It was soooo tempting! Everyday I would have multiple pieces, because it was there + I was a kid = no self control! Even when you teach children to use some moderation, it can be quite a big concept for them to understand.
Another thing to remember – just because it’s vegan doesn’t make it healthy to eat – it just makes it animal free candy. Same thing with organic candy – although it is processed less, it is still high in sugar and not necessarily good for you – just better than the original.
So this year, here are some alternatives to candy that children are sure to enjoy well past Halloween.
1) Raisins – Just kidding, we can get more creative than that.
2) Play-dough: kids love it! We tried this last year and it was a huge hit.
3) Small toys: hit up a store and get some small cloth toy balls for the boys. You can find them pretty inexpensively at a superstore or even dollar store.
4) Glow sticks: they’ll probably add them to their costumes right away.
5) Bubbles: it will encourage them to play outside.
6) Organic fruit snacks: if you must hand out food, go with something similar to candy that has at least a small amount more nutrition.
Peace, love, and Happy Haunting!