13 Ideas for a Candy-Free, Health(ier) Trick-or-Treat

Today, Alex and I participated in our second annual "Trail of Treats, a time for businesses in our community to come out and provide the children a safe place to trick-or-treat (and/or a safe place to pre-game for the "real" October 31st trick-or-treat) while providing a way to connect people with our services. It really fun seeing the kids so excited to show-off their costumes and participate in all of the activities!

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Photo courtesy of rejuvenation.com

This year, I've been on this mission to evolve away from passing out strictly candy because I feel a lot of tension giving out something I don't really believe in eating. However, I also realize that the kids really look forward to getting candy and it makes a lot of them really happy sooo...this year, I decided to still have small candies, while featuring some health(ier) non-candy items. 

Interestingly enough, the non-candy items were a big hit! Perhaps because it was different from what most people were offering, or perhaps because they really preferred the non-candy items--don't really know at this point, but it does give me a starting place for next year when I may decide to just go candy free (YES--I'm going to be that house and that person, someone has to...lol! However, perhaps one day, a candy-free Halloween will be the norm and not the exception :-) )

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Photo Courtesy of popsugar.com

The two "most wanted' items from our table at this year's Trail of Treats were (believe it or not) mini-water bottles and Halloween rubber stamps.
 

Kids (and parents, and the vendors next to me) were really especially all about the water bottles. I didn't even decorate them! I literally bought a few cases from Target and put them on the table. However, if you want to up the aesthetic appeal, I think adding a themed label like this could be fun!

At last year's event, I had all sorts of glow sticks which were also a big hit--(perhaps too big because kids kept coming back for more). I wanted to have a repeat on the glow sticks this year, however, they were backordered on Amazon and weren't going to be shipped in time. 

Here's 10 Ideas (with links) for a Health(ier) Trick-or-Treat!

If you live in a community where people trust each other enough to have homemade foods...

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Photo courtesy of scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com

Do you have any other ideas for being candy-free this Halloween! Comment below or chat with me on Instagram! Happy Halloweekend!

 
Jackie Boylhart | Mozart & Shiplap, a lifestyle blog.