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Trick or Treaters

Shun sugary sweets

offer nifty novelties in good health

The masked goblins soon will be lurking at your door: what to offer trick-or-treaters that’s enjoyable and healthy? Sugary, high-calorie candy can lead to tooth decay and an array of health problems: in the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children, and tripled in adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But among the pint-sized set, word travels fast about those disappointing neighbors who hand out healthy foods such as pretzels, raisins and the like.

This Halloween, consider ditching the foodstuffs entirely. Head to the discount or dollar store for inexpensive, holiday-themed stickers, pencils, fake fangs, sugar free gum, sticky novelty eyeballs, play bubbles and/or spider and bat rings. Package several items together in a baggie for a ghoulishly gratifying presentation.

Source: FamilyEducation.com

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