Best and Worst
Halloween TreatsBy Monica Ciociola
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Are you scared of having big bags of sugary, chocolaty
Halloween treats around the house? Then you've probably read the advice from
the experts to hold off on your trick-or-treat purchases until the day before
or only buy stuff you don't like for me that's 3 Musketeers Bars. But come on,
with child obesity rates on the rise, isn't it a little cruel to hand out a
type of candy just because you don't find it tempting? Instead here's a list of
the best treats any child would be happy to receive . . . Plus a list of the
worst treats, too.
- Pretzels, crackers, and
popcorn. They're low in fat and filling, too. Plus, if you get
whole-grain versions of crackers and pretzels, you can add some much needed
fiber to the season's high-chocolate diet.
Pumpkin seeds, almonds,
peanuts, and trail mix. Nuts and seeds contain a lot of protein and
fiber. Trail mixes are great, but watch out for the ones that are full of
marshmallows, chocolate chips, or hydrogenated-oil-laden granola, which is high
in saturated fat. If you get those, you might as well hand out candy bars and
get the credit.
Kids can work up a thirst trick or treating! Give them juice boxes (just check
the label to make sure it's juice and not colored sugar water!). They also make
good treats to give to the little ghosts and goblins that show up at your own
Anything that glows in the
dark. Spider rings, skulls, witches, and dangling eyeballs. Kids will
have fun wearing these and scaring their friends on Halloween night. Plus,
these toys have the added benefit of making your little boos and ghouls more
visible to drivers.
treats. Stickers and hair accessories for little girls while boys will
be excited to receive race cars and comic books, and festive pencils and
- Gummy bears, jelly beans, caramels,
fruit leather, gum, and other sticky treats. Not only are they loaded
with sugar with no nutritional value, but they're also bad for your kids'
dental health. Enough of them, and toothless hobo might be the costume of
choice for next Halloween.
bars. Handing these out may make you the most popular parents in the
neighborhood among kids but think of all that saturated fat! The worst
offenders are Mounds (11 grams of saturated fat!), Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar
(9 grams of saturated fat), and Almond Joy (8 grams of saturated fat).
Cookies and snack
cakes. Stay away from the following snacks voted worst vending machine
snacks for kids by the Center for Science in the Public Interest: Chips Ahoy!,
Oreos, Hostess HOHOs and other snack cakes, Keebler Club & Cheddar Sandwich
Crackers, and Starburst Fruit Chews.