A typical American consumes 24 pounds of candy every year, according to Daily Infographic. For children, much of that candy consumption comes from trick-or-treating. With the rising obesity epidemic in the United States, Halloween is the scariest day of the year for more reasons than the frightening costumes. If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical sugary sweets that scream Halloween, try one of these ideas:
If free money isn’t a good treat, what is? We’re not talking about handing out 20-dollar bills — a nickel or dime will do the trick. (Or should we say treat?) Handing out coins would be even more fitting if you dressed up like the tooth fairy.
Sure, parents might be more thrilled than the kids receiving them, but nice crunchy apples are a great alternative to the sugar-laden sweets. Some even say eating an apple is like brushing your teeth. But the neighborhood kids are less likely to roll their eyes at apples than at a toothbrushes — especially if you go the extra mile and stick googly eyes or draw vampire teeth on the apples.
3. Gum or mints
Stray from the standard fun-sized candy bars with a mini pack of gum or mints — it will still satisfy the little goblins’ sweet tooth but without the overload of sugar and calories.
4. Granola bars
Swapping out a chocolate bar for a granola bar can be a healthy choice. Just make sure you choose nutritional, low-sugar granola — some are just candy bars in disguise.
5. Small toys
Who says trick-or-treats have to be edible? Hit up your local store’s dollar aisle for bulk Halloween-themed toys like stickers, spider rings, vampire teeth and the like. Put them all in a bowl and let trick-or-treaters choose their own prizes.