This is an updated version of a post from October 2011.Although we've never allowed our kids to have much candy, Halloween is still a holiday they greatly enjoy. Pumpkin carving, costumes, and trick-or-treating! This will be our third Halloween while on a (mostly) grain-free diet, so I thought I'd share some ideas for avoiding candy overload. With all of these options, make sure you talk to your kids in advance of Halloween so they know what to expect.
- Non-edible treats: In advance of Halloween, I buy a few small items that my kids will enjoy, such as small puzzles, coloring books, animal figurines, and even Halloween socks. I leave these items at my mother's house so that, when we arrive there and say "trick-or-treat", these items get dropped into my kids' goodie bags.
- Natural sweets: Since my kids aren't often allowed to eat things like fruit leather, they serve as a great candy replacement on Halloween. I'll drop a few natural sweet treats in their bags along with the other items they've collected while trick-or-treating. Some ideas for natural sweet treats are:
- Honey sticks(they sell these at our natural foods store)
- Fruit leather
- Fresh fruit
- Homemade treats
- Freeze-dried fruit
- Organic candy (I can get these in small quantities at the health food store)