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21 Healthy Halloween Tricks and Treats

With the rise of food allergies, attention issues, diabetes, and childhood obesity, more parents and teachers are asking for allergen-free or food-free Halloween treats! Will you be prepared this year?

Retail and other industry reports…suggest the average trick-or-treating kid can consume around three cups of sugar (or about 7,000 calories of candy) on Halloween. For context: That’s 675 grams of sugar, or the same as chomping down almost 169 standard sugar cubes. Yum.”- Fortune Magazine

By contrast, the American Heart Association recommends that children consume less than 25 grams of sugar per day (and that’s total sugar consumption, not only in desserts and snacks).

Pro tip: Make sure your children have 3 good meals and drink enough water prior to going out to trick or treat – Full bellies mean less candy consumption!

This collection of 21 ideas should help you find the solution that is just right for your budget, time, sugar, and allergy restrictions!

DIY Halloween Gifts

Often the most budget-friendly option and a great way to get kids involved in Halloween preparation!

1. Play Dough Monster Bags

playdohtreatbags Absolutely worth the smiles on kids’ faces! You can even add glitter or googly eyes to create a custom batch! Can be made with store bought dough or homemade using this recipe.

2. Halloween Bracelet Tubes (sourced here)

blog_halloween_craft_beads_and_string Aren’t these fun? You can customize the colors for boys or girls or use a basic Halloween theme for easy distribution.

Snack bats

blog_halloween_snack_bats Kids will forget the word candy when they feast their eyes on these flying friends!

Boo-bbles

blog_halloween_boobbles Simply apply mini Halloween stickers and a bunch of bubble bottles or tubes and you are ready to go!

Monster Pencils

blog_halloween_craft_pencils Googly eyes and pom poms? Say no more! A few dabs of glue and done!

Minor Assembly Required

You might have large numbers of costumed children heading your way, let’s get you prepared quickly!

Monster Scabs

blog_halloween_monster_scabs Pre-formatted printables and bags are definitely worth the investment! We suggest using crackers from Georgia Sourdough Co.

Pretzel broomsticks

blog_halloween_pretzel_broomsticks Edible and functional!

Glow sticks to light up the night

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You can never go wrong with gifts with a purpose!

Pumpkin Fruit Cups

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These can also be made into monsters with different fruits and google eyes!

 

Bulk Buys for Busy Families

Crafts and DIY may not be in the cards right now (or not your thing!), but that doesn’t mean you need to cave in to candy either!

Stickers

blog_halloween_stickers What almost every ANHC patient under age 12 (any many 12+) asks for after their adjustment! Always a low-budget, fun option! You can also try these, these, or these!

Halloween Hand Stamps**

blog_halloween_hand_stamps These are also a great way to jumpstart or add depth to drawing activities and cards.

Finger Lights

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Perfect for any party or occasion, not simply Halloween!

Wind-Up Toys

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These are always a hit!

Foam Masks

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Scratch Masks

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Vampire Fangs

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So fun you’ll be tempted to keep a few sets for yourself!

Sensory Toys

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Rubber Ducks

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No child can resist toys that glow!

Invisible Ink Pens**

 

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Super spies only!

Squishy Toys

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Squishies are growing in popularity and can make a great Halloween Handout!

Glow In The Dark Bouncy Balls

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You can’t go wrong with a classic!

Which gift idea are you most excited about? Tell us below!

 

**May not be appropriate for children sensitive to dyes.

Note: No affiliate links were used in this post. All links are for idea purposes and due to the changing nature of online stores, may not be active forever, but we hope you find what you’re searching for. Not all products are completely allergen-free, so please read labels and do your research before purchasing for highly sensitive children.

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