Thinking Outside the Candy Box


 Stumped by special diet needs?  Tired of promoting tooth decay? Last week I came across this wonderful website called Green Halloween. Started by a mom in the state of Washington, this new idea seeks to promote healthier alternatives for kids at Halloween. Sponsored by big names like Whole Foods, this little movement is in its inaugural year.  The website has tips for hosting a kids’ Halloween party, and several suggestions for “tricks and treasures.” Really, it hadn’t occurred to me to hand out non-candy treats, but some of the ideas are pretty good…

I plan to take some of the suggestions to see if I can find some healthy treats or treasures (I really liked the sticker and temporary tattoo ideas) to hand out this Halloween. However, I must admit that the box of raisins may be taking it too far. I remember receiving a few of these depressing little so-called treats in my Halloween bucket as a child (those evil memories seem to stick). With so many options on the market, if you must hand out dried fruit, at least upgrade to those yummy little papaya pieces that almost mimic candy.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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