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13 Halloween Sugar Substitutes

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13 Halloween Sugar Substitutes

Give the Children Real Treats Instead of the Usual Sugary Path to Diabetes and Obesity!

Ok, my subtitle is rather strong, but I am passionate about reducing sugar consumption in this world so this is a timely reminder. I never give out anything with sugar in it at Halloween as I simply do not see it as a “treat” for children.

Halloween for me as a child was unusually healthy – unusual in the sense that the rest of my life was VERY unhealthy. (You can read more about me at the bottom of this article.)

The last couple of years I have been making sure that my actions show how much I care for the welfare of the children in the community.

I invite you to join me in this endeavor to increase the wellness of children by not giving them candy filled with chemicals in the form of color and artificial flavoring and, of course, sugar.  Most of these alternatives have zero calories!

Here are 13 great ideas to fill the baskets of trick-or-treaters:

1.    Buy packages of stickers; give one page out at a time
2.    Hair bands for the girls
3.    Little rubber balls
4.    Colored pens for the older children
5.    Colored pencils and erasers
6.    Little notebooks
7.    Party favors like whistles and hats
8.    Have a collection of pennies; let them take a small handful. Not for very young children.
9.    Small packages of raisins if you can find them
10.   Fruit leathers
11.    Key chains (cartoon character)
12.    Small packages of potato chips (check label to be sure it has only potato, oil and salt) The salt will balance the sugar to some degree.
13.    Mini blowing bubbles, set of 100 (packaged for weddings) may come open but are usually secure.

Here is a picture of Diana with her baskets.

Plastic toys (small cars and trucks, water toys like boats, ducks) were on my list, but…. In recent years there have been recalls of toys made in China due to lead. Health Canada has asked the industry to stop using cadmium in their children’s products. There are chemicals in plastics.

Much of this can be found inexpensively at a discount or Dollar Store. When the children first see that there is no candy, it is fun – most of them are very excited to be getting something different and I even hear them yelling happily to their parents about the surprise.  The only ones who are disappointed are the teenagers as the best that they get is a little notebook or pen and they are so addicted to sugar that it is a disappointment for them.

I enjoy seeing the excitement of the children and am always here to greet them with a smile, a gift and a compliment about their costumes.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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4:14AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

thank you for sharing

1:58AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Well, parents are so much more paranoid these days because there's a lot of mistrust. Maybe if you have a big enough front yard, the treat can be going through a maze you made. That encourages physical activity.

11:01AM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

One year I gave the kids a choice of candy or tiny containers of Play-do, and the Play-do was far and away the preferred option.

7:41PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

alot of good ideas. but i do remember back in the day, every time i came across a house that did the pennies thing, i was like what am i spost to do with a one penny, so i never took them

6:01PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Great tips! I have two young nephews and I will trying some of these great ideas this year!

12:57PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

great tips, thanks

11:24AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

nice ideas!

10:47AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Good ideas.

10:47PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

This is a great idea to not get kids overweight each year with fattening candy. Also, it's not something boring. All of this is stuff kids will love!

11:42AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Halloween is tough. I don't want to be a party-pooper but I also don't want to hand out a bunch of unhealthy candy. Going to the dollar store to pick things out is hard too because I don't want to give out a bunch of cheap plastic crap shipped all the way from China. Last year I gave out mini cans of modelling clay. It's hard to come up with ideas that don't seem wasteful or unhealthy.

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@Naomi D. - I love that Baha'i saying. I've never heard that before so thank you for sharing!

these are great ideas - the little girl will be raising awareness and have a totally unique costume.…

I'm so glad these beautiful pups were rescued.


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