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October 12, 2009



I'm a fan of candy, though we typically limit it. In my mind, though, holidays are about indulgence.

That said, my husband and I were joking last night that we were going to give out dental flossers.

(Disclosure: I'm on the board of HSC.)


Dental flossers... In my neighborhood you'd be at risk of getting your house egged. :)

What about something like this?

Ken West

At Prevent Blindness America we've promoted safe and happy Halloweens for years. We have a list of Halloween Safety Tips Here:


If you're looking for an alternative to candy, one thing to watch out for is items that could cause eye injuries to small children or could pose choking hazards.

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Bess Celio

I have given out a combination of dark chocolate (healthier sweet), granola bars, gold fish, raisin boxes, and small notepads, and the dried fruit things you can find at Wholefoods... I also throw some bad stuff like M&Ms in too..It's fun to watch what children pick. And I'm always surprised when they go for the healthier snack! Happy Halloween!!


I love this idea of giving choice and watching what kids do. I think I may give this a try. A little Halloween social experiment...


Someone just forwarded me this link. It looks very useful...


My wife has been giving out non-candy items for years. The first year she tried it, she didn't know what type of reaction she would get. It was a hit. The reaction on kids faces was priceless. Commnets like "cool" or "look what these guys are handing out". She handed out things like goofy glasses, rings, puzzles, scary spiders, pencils, etc. Check out Oriental Trading catalog for great selection and bulk purchases. (No - I don't work for them)


In addition to Halloween celebrations at home and in the neighborhood, there are also school parties. For ideas on creating new traditions for Halloween and other celebrations at school, check out this brief article with links for other resources http://www.healthiergeneration.org/schools.aspx?id=4082.


Last year I gave a choice between popcorn balls and packages of sugarless gum. Almost everyone went for the gum. They were VERY excited about it! You can get big packages of gum with Xylitol at Costco for a reasonable price.

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