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5 Healthy Alternatives To Candy This Halloween November 1, 2006

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Editor Note: Happy Halloween everyone!! It’s once again the season of merry with scary. While you and your family are having great fun, do watch what you eat, especially the children in your family. Now kids definitely love sweets and candies during festive seasons. But too much is definitely bad for health. Here’s an article to show what you can do this halloween season to prevent the children in your house from eating too much sweet stuffs

With childhood obesity on the rise, kids really do not need additional calories from a bag full of candy. Chocolate candy bars, suckers, and gum are not only adding to our children’s waists, but also attributing to tooth and gum decay. With so many healthier options available, consider these alternatives to giving candy this Halloween.

Stickers – All children love stickers! You can get boxes of 1000 stickers from local dollar stores and split them among hundreds of children. With many different styles, you can offer a wide variety of sticker designs to each child. You can buy 10 boxes of stickers for what you would buy an extra large bag of candy, so you can offer kids a whole strip with the cost of a candy bar!Bagged snacks – Most popular crackers, nuts, dried fruits and seeds come in individual serving bags. Cheese crackers with peanut butter filling and sealed bags of raisins are great alternatives to sugary offerings. With less sugar, less fat varieties, you can be giving children healthier snacks with much needed protein.

Coloring books or crayons – You can buy these items in bulk at local stores and online for a very reasonable cost. When the school year begins, you can purchase 24 count crayon boxes for as low as $.10! If you go to dollar and discount stores, you can find whole packages of coloring and activity books for very little cost, as well. Offering these items will expand a child’s imagination without expanding their waist.

Party favors or craft kits – Several online companies offer bags of 100 party favors and craft kits for a very low price. Everything the child needs to play a game, make some noise, or create a craft is included! Many times you can find these items at craft stores and discount retailers, too.

Mini Books – Paperback books can be cheap! Give the gift of reading this Halloween.

The amount of children you have knocking on your door will determine the above option you want to choose. However, any way you look at it, these ideas will give the kids more enjoyment than the few seconds they get from candy.

Nicola always enjoys Halloween parties with her family. Visit her Halloween site for tips and information about halloween masks at http://Halloween-Masks.Best-Halloween.comThis article may be reprinted in full so long as the resource box and the live links are included intact. All rights reserved. Copyright, , ,

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    1. sweet giver upper - April 8, 2007

    hi, i am 12 years old and i gave up chocolate for a new years reselution. it worked but i found that i was eating my weight in sweets that weren’t chocolate instead! (not much better) So for lent i have given up sweets, chocolate and ice-cream. it is easter sunday and in those 40 days i have not even been tempted. When i have felt like a sweet snack i have just dived for the fruit, that was how i lived these troubled times! i am going to see if i can carry on my diet and not eat sweets, chocolate and ice-cream.