Trick or Treating is all about the costumes you wear but it is also about the treats you receive and give. It is important to remember that some of the trick or treaters may have allergies and some should not consume sugary items. There are many healthy options to serve this year and in fact there are non edible ideas as well.
To begin, all edible items should be packaged and sealed. Homemade items are not acceptable unless you are serving neighbors who know you. Here are ideas for both edible an non-edible treats:
- Juice boxes
- Mini water bottles
- Plain cookies, graham crackers
- Baked chips, baked tortilla chips
- Low fat granola or cereal bars
- Sugar-free gum
- Decorative pencils
- Rubber ghosts, goblins, witches
- Waxed lips
- Glow sticks
- Tic-tac-toe or other small games
- Coloring books, crayons
When you are at home waiting for your trick or treater to arrive at the end of the evening, have a plan in mind for allowing the partaking of the treats. Remember it is already bed time or soon to be and not the best time for sugary treats. Make a deal with your trick or treaters. Allow them to have a snack and again on the following day allow for a few snacks. Going forward there are two choices in our opinion. You can continue to extend the opportunity for small amounts of treats over a period of time or you might offer to “buy” the treats by offering a shopping trip to purchase a toy or book. We’ll let you decide what to do with the goods you “bought.” Don’t blame us if you eat them all yourself!