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ISU Extension: Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween is just around the corner! This means many children will be out collecting Halloween treats, which oftentimes have a scary prognosis in terms of their nutritional content. According to the National Confectioner's Association, Americans spent approximately $2.3 billion on Halloween candy in 2011, which came out to $7.36 per person.
Most children consume between 3500 and 7000 calories from candy on Halloween. This is quite a bit, considering a 100-pound child would have to walk for 44 hours to burn off those additional 7000 calories.

Tips to ensure your children have a healthy and fun Halloween:
Don't send your children trick-or-treating on an empty stomach. Make sure they eat a healthy, well-balanced meal beforehand to reduce the urge to snack.
Trick-or-treat bags that children carry should be appropriate for their size.
Instruct children to wait until they get home to eat any snacks so you can inspect them first.

Healthy Halloween snacks or non-food alternatives:
Healthy snacks: Cereal bars, trail mix (be careful of peanut allergies), raisins, single serving popcorn bags (100 calories), sugar-free gum, beef jerky. If you do pass out candy, opt for the bite-size candy bars.
Non-food alternatives: Glo sticks, pencils, bookmarks, temporary tattoos, bubbles, coloring books.


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