Healthy Alternatives to Candy this Halloween

;As a dentist dad, I am constantly being told by my children how cool I am–as if I didn’t know that already!  With that said, I did a little research for healthy alternatives to candy this Halloween season. Surprisingly, there was a wide array of advice from making your own taffy apples–which I would technically classify as an apple drenching in caramelized sugar…not healthy–to Play-Doh jars–great for little kids, but sure to get your house egged should you encounter any disgruntled high school kids.  Here are the results of my own findings, sure to please:

For the Little Guys:

1.Temporary tattoos:  Very cost effective, and you can buy them by the 100’s.  And seriously, what kid doesn’t love to stick tattoos all over?  Good clean fun that won’t leave chocolate on the new couch.                             

Classic Girls: Unicorn Temporary Tattoo


2.Bubbles:  Also a pretty economical alternative that allows the kids to get outside and be active…sort of.  Bubbles come in a variety of colors and can be used any time, rather than the Halloween specific     toys/treats which will go out of style officially on November 1st.



3.Honey Sticks:  Ok. I know that you are probably wondering why I am pushing pure sugar.  But, let’s not forget honey is all-natural, can help soothe sore throats during the long winter months, and is               delicious.  There is a belief that it can aid in alleviating allergies if purchased locally, but research put out by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) has debunked this myth.  Still if     it’s good enough for bears, it is good enough for me.

4.Glow Headbands/Sticks: This is sure to make you one of the more popular houses on the block.  The kids can’t get enough of the glowing fun, and the headbands are just too cute not to buy.  If you are         feeling extra adventurous, grab a few white balloons and some green or white glow sticks and place them inside.


For the Older Kids:

1.Water Bottles with Custom Labels:  It’s a long walk around the neighborhood, so you know even the most disgruntled teen will get thirsty.  Bypass the soda, and keep those trick-or-treaters hydrated with style.

Witches Brew Water Bottle Labels


2.Tattoos:  Yes! I am recycling the above idea here.  Temporary tattoos come in all manner of forms: jewelry, henna, sports, animal, metallic, old hollywood, even tattoos that mimic celebrities.  They even have tattoos for your teeth–great for dentists!  They look pretty sweet…and you won’t have to clean up wet toilet paper in your trees the next morning.


Picture of Metallic Silver Arrows


3.Glow Stick Glasses:  Modified for the older crowd, this Halloween favor will be a fan favorite.  Not only will it help with night time visualization for cars and other pedestrians, but it looks cool too.  Safe and fun…a winning combo.



4.Fake Mustaches/Beards: Unisex really.  This is one of my favorite alternatives.  With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, boys and girls will be flocking to your door to sport a stache for the night.     And if not, they will at least give you bonus points for creativity.


That’s about it.  Economical?  Check.  Fun?  Check.  And sure to spice up that pumpkin bowl you have been waiting to unleash this year.  You can feel good about reducing the obesity rate by nixing the processed sugar pushing, and also in helping the cause to reduce cavities.  Happy Halloween everyone!


-Dr. Kennedy  

 Writing, as always, from the town where Liberty got its start: Libertyville, IL