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Trick-or-Treating Candy Alternatives

Halloween doesn't have to mean unlimited sugar and unhealthy treats. While an everything in moderation attitude is encouraged, Oct. 31 is a great time to teach your kids about healthier habits--and that starts with the goodies you give out at your front door. Here are  few better options--sans sugar crash.

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  • Conventional, budget-friendly treats: While candy will probably never be considered healthy, it can be more earth-friendly by choosing brands made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, such as Kit Kats.
  • Organic treats: GoOrganic Fruit Chews are Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA Certified Organic. The chews are made with Fair Trade-Certified sugar, and the bulk candy comes in home-compostable, cellophane bags.
  • Allergy-safe treats: Dots, Skittles and Starburst are all free of the top 8 allergens. For healthier options, consider these Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit individual packets, or MySuperCookies which are organic and nut-free.
  • Low-sugar candies: Candies made with xylitol help to fight cavities. Tasty, individually wrapped options include Xyloburst Lollipops and Dr. John’s Xylitol Sunkissed Fruit Candy.
  • Novelty Toys: These are very popular today as parents move away from giving out candy. Kids love such things as Glow Stick bracelets and scary Eyeball erasers. You can also get 48 Halloween-themed Slinkys for less than $15.

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