Some tooth-kind Halloween alternatives
Not every child likes or can enjoy Halloween candy, and with a growing movement for kids’ health, giving out sugary treats is becoming less and less popular. But what can you hand out instead? There are plenty of treats out there that can make Halloween just as fun for children but are easier on their teeth. The best gifts are those that will satisfy kids with their Halloweeny goodness while still being inexpensive for you. Whether you need ideas for party goody bags or for handing out at the door, you don’t have to resort to candy and other edible goods. There are many other good gifts out there
These are always a hit with kids of all ages. They can be added as part of a costume or just done for fun
Halloween stickers start showing up in September and are still available after the holiday has ended. You can buy these on sale and in bulk. Kids can choose from a selection, to find the ones that suit them. Whether they’re funny, scary, or glow-in-the-dark, stickers are perfect for Halloween
Every child, even the older ones, love a glow stick. You can purchase glow necklaces or bracelets to light up a dark Halloween night. Also, parents will be pleased to be able to spot their kid a mile away.
Although the parents might not thank you for making them blow bubbles, most kids enjoy them. Besides, bubbles can be a relaxing treat after a day of excitement and night of trick-or-treating, after they’ve put away their costumes and the sugar has worn off.
Shops are overflowing with spider rings, vampire teeth, bouncing eyeballs, ghost erasers, and witchy pencils. Buy a selection and let each kid choose their treat at the door.
Though candy is the traditional treat of Halloween, kids already get plenty of that. Be the surprise at the door by offering a non-edible gift. Party supply shops and grocery stores all fill up with great Halloween party gifts long before October. Instead of buying the massive bags of candy, head for the party aisle instead. Parents will thank you for cutting down on the sugar you give their kids, and the kids will be excited at the change.
Dr Gerald O’Connor is the principal dentist and owner of Killiney Dental. Dr O’Connor graduated with an honours dental degree from University College Cork in 1998. He has since worked as a general dental surgeon in the UK and Ireland and has over 20 years experience in the dental field, with a particular interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr O’Connor is an active member of the Irish Dental Association, sitting on its Quality Patient Safety Committee, and is a Irish Dental Council registered dentist.