How Do I Do a Healthy Halloween?

October 12, 2009

By Mark Bishop, Deputy Director

Halloween

Halloween
is coming up, and this is the first time that I have a child who is old
enough to really know what it's about. So I'm a bit stressed.

What do
I give out for Halloween? I really don't want to give out candy — it
just doesn't seem right to me. But it's cheap, easy, and I don't want
to be that guy on the block giving out health club certificates to five-year-olds… I mean, kids to need to have fun too.

So I asked my good friend Google what to do and the best info I found was this:

Many
people want to be able to have some healthy Halloween treats for kids.
…Here are a few suggestions
that you may want to consider using. Check out your online vendors or
discount stores to get the best prices on large bags of healthy goodies
such as these: 

  • Colorful pencils and notepads 
  • Stickers 
  • Small inexpensive games, puzzles or whistles 
  • Packages of sugar-free chewing gum 
  • Individual packs of dried fruit 
  • Small boxes of raisins 
  • Individual packages of trail mix 
  • Juice boxes 
  • Individual packs of pretzels 
  • Small boxes of crayons or colored chalk 
So
I'm not giving out juice boxes (I couldn't imagine carrying 200 or more
juice boxes home), and I don't think little foam games… I'm now
leaning toward pencils, stickers or raisin boxes. 

On
the other hand, when Henry turned 3, we had a great time with a piñata
full of raisins, foam dice, notepads, fruit leather and organic
lollipops. Maybe we should give out the same things for Halloween?

Please. Help me out. Any thoughts or experiences with successful and less-unhealthy Halloween give-aways?