Trick or Treat Where Treats Dont Have to be Candy

Layne Arceneaux-Langley  |  9/30/2014 1:22:56 AM

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Are the little “ghosts” and “goblins” in your home ready to put on their costumes and run door-to-door trick-or-treating? Have you started thinking about what you will give to those darling princesses and superheroes? At 39.8%, Louisiana has the highest percentage of overweight or obese youth in the nation among 10-17 year olds. With childhood obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, and exercise induced asthma on the rise, children don’t need the added calories. Why not offer your trick-or-treaters an alternative to those sugar-loaded Halloween treats?

Non-food Options:

Temporary tattoos
Stickers
Play-Doh
Pencils
Fancy erasers
Pencil toppers
Crayons
Vampire teeth
Balls
Slime
Mini crayon packs
Plastic bugs
Tiny decks of cards
Bubbles
Glow stickers
Party favor sunglasses
Noise makers

Healthier Food Options:

Granola bars
Cereal bars
Pretzels
Applesauce
100% Juice drink
Snack size microwave popcorn
Gold Fish crackers
Packets of instant hot chocolate
Raisins
Small water bottles
Jell-O with fruit
Trail mix
Cheese and crackers
Animal crackers

By giving out non-sugary treats, you will help keep cavities away and help the children maintain good dental health and you won’t be tempted to eat the leftovers. Remember, Halloween doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

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