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Not-So-Scary Halloween Treats to Try This Year

Halloween season should be a time of frights and delights - but not at the expense of your teeth! If you are tired of handing out cavity-causing candy (and keeping it in your house, where it’s hard to resist), consider handing out these candy-free alternatives this Halloween.


Healthy Snacks

Snacks like pretzels, Goldfish crackers and graham crackers aren’t nutritionally perfect, but they’re not laden with sticky sugar that can destroy children’s teeth. Plus, they have the added benefit of being popular with most kids, so chances are they won’t get tossed, either. A healthy snack to avoid? Raisins. They may seem like a good idea, but they’re packed with so much sugar, they’re about as bad for your teeth as gummy bears.


Everyone needs pencils! But don’t just reach for No. 2 Ticonderogas - check your local party supply store for festive, colorful Halloween pencils with fun erasers. They’re affordable, useful and won’t hurt your teeth or your waistline if you have a ton of leftovers.

Temporary Tattoos

Kids love temporary tattoos. They’re easy and painless to apply, and they keep the Halloween fun going just a little bit longer. Best of all, they’re sugar and fat free - and won’t cause cavities!

Bouncy Balls, Bubbles or Other Toys

Small novelty toys are always a hit at birthday parties, so why not for trick-or-treating? Check your local party store or online party supply store for ideas and the best deal. Many sites let you buy in bulk to save money. No matter how much candy kids have, they always appreciate a new toy, even if it’s just a ball.

Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are a great alternative to edible treats because they are immediately useful while children walk around at night. They are a great safety device that makes kids more visible to cars in your neighborhood. Plus, you’re never too old for glow sticks! 

Many stores sell the bendable, bracelet-sized glow sticks, which are easy for children to wear and for parents to loop around candy bag handles or strollers.

Get Out There

Instead of answering the door this year, consider going out door to door with your own children or grandchildren. You’ll get to spend valuable bonding time with your family, and you won’t have to spend a dime or contribute to your neighbors' children’s cavities, either.

In addition to helping to save the teeth of the kids in your neighborhood, skipping edible Halloween treats can also help kids with dietary restriction such as food allergies and gluten intolerance. Often these children cannot eat any of the candy they collect, so they either skip trick-or-treating entirely or give away most of their haul. By providing a toy or non-edible treat, you are allowing these kids to feel included in the festivities.

If you are planning on passing out edible treats this year, consider placing a teal pumpkin at your door if you are providing allergy-safe treats. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 by a Tennessee woman named Becky Basalone, who wanted to draw awareness to food allergies and make it easier for families with allergic kids to find homes with safe treats. In three years, the idea has gained widespread popularity, and families around America now know to look for homes with teal pumpkins outside when trick-or-treating with children with dietary restrictions.

For more tooth-safe trick-or-treat ideas, or to schedule an appointment, give Dr. Simpson’s office a call at (910) 550-3959.

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