Cornucopia’s Take: Conventional Halloween candy is troubling in terms of what it contains, how it is made, and how much of it kids eat at this time of year. Below, find some interesting ideas on how to navigate and find some other options for the candy holiday.
The Halloween Quandary
Nourishing Our Children
by Sandrine Love
For some, Halloween isn’t a quandary because they simply opt out of it altogether or conversely they embrace it as a yearly experience, candy and all. For others, concerns about the sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients and the like in candy arise in our community forums. We often see this question posed at this time of year: “So how does everyone deal with Halloween candy?”
There is The Teal Pumpkin Project for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween that I recommend folks take a look at. Meanwhile, parents in our community have reported that they offer small toys, temporary tattoos, and glow sticks at Halloween:
“Funny thing is my husband and I handed out candy last night and toys … The kids went crazy for the green army men and the mystical ponies??? We decided we are not handing out candy next year only toys. Small toys like glow bracelets., rings, etc.”
“We did no candy this year; just spider rings, glow bracelets, stickers and tattoos and they were a hit!”