I still believe that Halloween is a holiday invented by dentists! Nothing does a better or faster job of rotting kids’ teeth than sticky, chewy candy. (I’m joking, of course – I love dentists!)

And the expectations are high. Kids expect something good when they knock on your door and hold out their bag. I can still remember which houses in my neighborhood were known for the best treats, and on the flip side, which ones to avoid.

As we get ready for Halloween next week, it would be great if you could give out treats that were healthy (or at least a bit less unhealthy) without the kids in your neighborhood running away screaming! It turns out that you can! In the not-to-distant past, if you wanted to give out healthy treats, you had to find the time to make them yourself. Not any more – there are lots of options today for healthier treats, and you can find them at most larger grocery stores or “big box” retailers like Costco. Best of all, the kids in your neighborhood will love them just as much as, if not more than, the usual candy!

Here are 5 less traditional ideas for healthy Halloween treats that the kids in your neighborhood will love:

Dark Chocolate Bites. Ok, this is candy. But, if you just have to give out candy, try antioxidant-rich dark chocolate bites this year. Milk chocolate contains lots of sugar and little to no nutritional value, and candy bars include other sugary ingredients like caramel, coconut or nougat. Pure dark chocolate have much less sugar and it’s loaded with the flavonoids known for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Nabisco Snack Packs. Nabisco makes small snack packs of their most popular cookies, crackers, and other treats. Other companies make them too, but I like Nabisco’s the best – after all, who doesn’t love Oreos! Each pack has only 100 calories and, because they don’t include higher-calorie candy, they are a healthier option.

Trail Mixes and Granola Bars. Lots of companies make individually wrapped granola bars and small packages of trail mix. These are a great option since they are lower in sugar and calories than traditional candy and kids love them. There are a lot of options here, so be sure to read the Nutrition Facts panels to find the healthiest ones.

Microwave Popcorn. This is one that most people don’t think of, but it’s a good one. Individually wrapped packages of microwave popcorn in various flavors can be a welcome addition to trick or treat bags. One tip, try to avoid the ones that have lots of butter and salt added. They are higher in calories and fat.

Raisins and Craisins. Small packages of these treats are both lower in sugar and healthier than candy. Though they still have a lot of natural sugar, unlike candy they contain fiber and they have some nutritional value. Try one or more of these great treat ideas this year and have a healthier Halloween!

Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?

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You may also want to read: Healthy Kids: Focus on Snacks, Healthy Kids = Healthy Adults, Is Healthy Eating Becoming Chic?

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