When it comes to the treats on Halloween, it’s all about candy, candy, candy. If you’re a parent, you may be worried about both your child’s health and teeth. While it’s difficult to avoid all candy on this holiday, there are alternatives that can still be fun!

Before the Night

It is always a good idea to feed your kids some snacks before they head out for trick-or-treating. This accomplishes two important things: without empty stomachs, they won’t be munching on their candy treats while wandering the neighborhood, and when they do come home and start eating the candy, they can’t eat as many before getting full and sleepy. Here are some healthy but festive snack ideas to get into your kids’ stomachs while they’re distracted by their costume-donning-process or trick-or-treating plans.

  • Fruit Snacks will satisfy their sweet tooth without filling them with too much sugar. There are organic and vegan fruit snacks available on the market, too!
  • Apples are a fall favorite fruit. They’re sweet, juicy, and colorful.
  • Trail Mix is always in season. Whether you make it yourself or buy it at the store, kids love the little bits of chocolate and mixed in. It’s a tasty and healthy snack that’s easy for them to munch on.

Ultimately, no one knows your kids like you do. Snack possibilities are endless; give them something they’ll enjoy that will pad their stomachs. This is about the only portion of the snacking contents you’ll be able to control tonight, so take advantage of it!

For the Trick-Or-Treaters

You know that the kids on your block will be getting plenty of chocolate-y and sugary treats. If you’re looking for something different to hand out—something that won’t give them cavities or a sugar rush—try these fun alternatives:

  • Bubbles! You can get small packages of bubble wands and juice at local craft stores.
  • Glow sticks are colorful and exciting, and they also increase the visibility of trick-or-treaters when they go back onto the street, decreasing the chance of a driver glancing over them in the dark.
  • Glow in the dark toys
  • Spider rings
  • Plastic vampire fangs
  • Whistles or other noise makers
  • Fake jewelry
  • Bouncy Balls

Take a look around your home and your local stores to see what goodies have been lying around.

The more you do to prepare for a safe and healthy Halloween, the more likely it is to happen! Be proactive this year in talking to your kids about Halloween safety and healthy trick-or-treating practices like waiting until they get home before opening any candy and spreading out the consumption of their candy loot over many days.