During the month of October, it seems like Halloween candy is everywhere – in stores, at school, and even in your home. Receiving candy on Halloween is inevitable. Most kids want candy when they see it and limiting their intake can be difficult. Yet, as a parent, you know that overdoing it on sugary carbs is an issue for your child’s teeth.
If your kids come home with a bucket full of candy, we encourage you to sort through the pile right away. Remove and discard any of the sticky stuff, like taffy, caramel candies, and gummy bears. These types of candies leave carbohydrate debris on teeth, which eventually leads to decay. Dark chocolate and sugar free snacks are better alternatives and can be consumed in moderation. Just make sure your kids brush after snack time.
For a healthier Halloween this year, choose a candy alternative from the list below to hand out to trick-or-treaters and encourage others in your community to do the same!
- Happy teeth snacks, including pre-packaged apples, veggie packs, granola bars, and trail mix
- Halloween themed trinkets, like spider rings, finger puppets, fake eyeballs, rubber stamps, and plastic vampire fangs
- Pocket toys and games, such as Yo-Yos, bouncy balls, slinkies, spinning tops, Kaleidoscopes, and Rubik’s Cubes
- Spooky school supplies, including pencils, crayons, notepads, bookmarks, and erasers
- “Dress-Up” items, like plastic bracelets, rings, glasses, and fake mustaches
- Stickers – themed or not, they’re always a favorite
- Glow sticks or glow in the dark toys
- Temporary tattoos
- Mini Play-Doh or Silly Putty
- Matchbox cars
- Cool sunglasses
- Crazy straws
- Coloring sheets- printed for free from websites such as MouthHealthy.org
- What kid doesn’t like to receive money?
We hope your family has a very happy, healthy and safe Halloween!