Halloween brings out the kid in all of us.  It’s fun to get dressed up in a costume and parade around the neighborhood.  Treats are a part of the fun.  However, treats don’t have to be sticky, sugary, fatty, candy.

When gathering the treats you will offer this year think about some possible low-calorie, low fat and non-candy options.

Here are some ideas to get you started thinking:

  • Sugar-free gum
  • Pretzels
  • Dried Fruit – small packages of raisins, apricots, cranberries, …

Consider giving some non-candy treats:

  • Temporary tattoos – Kids love tattoos.
  • Stickers – In Halloween themes. Stickers are a safe bet and available everywhere.
  • Halloween-themed pencils, pens, and erasers are both fun and functional.
  • Bubbles – Kids love bubbles.
  • Noisemakers – Like whistles
  • Rubber Spiders

One last tip make sure children eat a nutritious meal or snack before going trick-or-treating so they won’t be tempted to dig into their bag of goodies before they get home.  Bring water for kids to drink. When children get home, check the treats and keep only treats, which are unopened.  Be sure to inspect fruits and homemade goods for anything suspicious.