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Trunk or Treat festivities have begun. You’ve already decorated your trunk, purchased several bags of candy, and helped your children choose costumes (or picked out your own). Right?

If that doesn’t describe your agenda and you are shopping at the last minute for a party on October 31st, then how about a totally out-of-the-norm candy substitute?

Did you ever wonder how candy became popular for Halloween? I was curious about it and did a little online research. According to, Halloween’s history can be dated back to All Souls’ Day (a practice of honoring the dead) that began on November 2nd in the year of 1000 AD. Poor people would visit wealthy homes and receive soul cakes (pastries) in return for praying for the homeowner’s dead relatives.

A type of community trick or treating became popular in the 1930’s. Then sugar rationing came with World War II. After the war, “candy” treating became popular for Halloween which is now the second largest commercial holiday with approximately $6 billion spent by Americans.

What if parents nationwide decided to rally together and begin a new Halloween tradition of candy alternatives that would minimize candy and promote family and nutrition? Imagine with me, and let’s come up with ideas. Send in ones you come up with in the reply/comment section on this page. I’ll start off the list of possibilities and alternatives.

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  1. Oranges
  2. Raisins (mini boxes)
  3. 100 calorie packets
  4. pretzels
  5. dried fruit
  6. coins
  7. glow sticks
  8. coloring books of popular kids’ movies
  9. toy cars and trucks
  10. Bubbles
  11. organic crackers
  12. red foam clown noses (fun for Christmas stockings, weddings,and  birthday parties, too)
  13. Glow in the Dark spider rings
  14. organic animal crackers
  15. fun stamps for kids
  16. whistles
  17. stickers
  18. crazy straws
  19. mini colorful containers
  20. smiley face squeeze balls

That’s 20 alternatives to candy. Now it’s your turn.

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