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Real Halloween Treats, not Sugary Tricks

Real Halloween Treats, not Sugary Tricks

Anyone with young children has probably seen first-hand the effects of Halloween candy overload on sensitive systems. Yipes! But we donít want to be killjoys: trick-or-treating is a magical part of the Halloween experience. So here are some great ideas for alternatives to the candy bars and other sugary horrors that will fill most kidsí trick-or-treat bags this Halloween.

These easy-to-find imaginative treats wonít add to the sugar load, only to the fun!

Food Treats
These make healthier alternatives to the usual glut of sugary stuff:

Small boxes of organic raisins
Bags of trail mix or peanuts in the shell
Envelopes of instant cocoa
Organic mozzarella sticks
All-natural 100 percent juice boxes
Healthy chewing gum (natural flavors and sweeteners, no dyes)
Sun Drops (sort of like dye-free M&Ms)
Small boxes of healthy cookies or crackers

Non-Food Treats
I live in a village where she gets upwards of 150 trick-or-treaters. If you get mobbed at Halloween, you could try my method: I cleaned out her piggy bank and doled out the spare change. My little ghoulies and ghosties were thrilled.

Other fun ideas for non-edibles include rubber spiders, stickers, small packets of crayons or markers, pencils with fun-shaped erasers, miniature pumpkins, or small charms. Look in your local dollar store for fun and inexpensive goodies.

Happy Halloween!

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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3:01PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Juice boxes are a cute idea.

2:55PM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Bubbles!!

5:11PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Thank you.

2:23AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

GREAT ideas, thanks!

2:42AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:35AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank you

1:50PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

thank you for the post

12:29PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

thank you for the post.

12:00AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Thanks

2:52PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

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