We live in a quiet little cul de sac that doesn’t see many kiddos on Halloween … or at least our house doesn’t.
Maybe it’s because I give out pencils or organic lollipops.
One year it was spider rings.
Being a family with food allergies always means being one step ahead of the holiday or celebration and Halloween is no different. Thankfully from an early age all our girls were ever interested in was sorting and organizing their loot.
Until the oldest turned 7 or 8 and realized that people actually eat the stuff.
First we found out what contains gluten and what doesn’t.
Then we decided we didn’t want them to eat it anyway. Then we decided to let them eat as many pieces of gluten free candy per their age.
Then we played Candy Store a couple times and one year did the Switch Witch.
We like to keep it interesting.
Here are 4 Tips to a Healthier Halloween
#1-Give out trinkets or treasures in lieu of candy. This could be stickers, light sticks, spider rings, or crafty projects you can get on the cheap from places like Oriental Trading Company.
#2-Give out mini water bottles from Costco — everyone is thirsty from eating junk all evening.
#3-Play the Switch Witch. At night, the children leave out their bags of candy for the Halloween Witch. She comes while they are sleeping and leaves a little something in its place.
#4-Play Candy Store. Go to the natural foods store and purchase Surf Sweet gummy bears/worms, honey sticks, Lara Bars, clementines, chocolate covered almonds, yogurt covered raisins, or some trail mix. Our girls love this one because I put a small amount of each real food choice in a clear deli container and label it. I price their candy and price the goodies on my shelf (and make them really expensive to clear out their candy after a few rounds of Candy Shop) and they have to come by to purchase the good stuff by using the bad stuff as money.