Halloween is right around the corner, and you just realized that your plans to hand out sugary snacks might not sit well with all the neighborhood parents (although the kids would probably love you for it). Now, with only a couple of days to go, you need to find some healthier alternatives FAST!
Luckily times have changed, and healthy and/or organic treats are no longer that hard to find. Plus, they no longer have to cost you an arm and a leg when buying them in large quantities. I went looking for a few painless options for you, and here is what I found.
Target had a 25 count pack of Pepperidge Farms Fudge Brownie flavored Baked Goldfish bags. These aren't organic, but many parents give Goldfish crackers to their kids these days, so you should be ok. This was listed at $4.99.
Target also had a 12 count box of individually wrapped Clif Kid Orgainich Z Bars, Monster Chocolate Mint flavor. This along with the other two options can be found in the Halloween section. If you can't find them, just ask a store associate where they put them in your local store.
If neither of these options will work for you, then there's always the snacks that nature provided. Most grocery stores carry snack packs of baby carrots all year round, and the same can be said for snack packs of apple slices. Both of these could work for children who are allergic to gluten and/or peanuts. The only cautionary note here is that you can't put these two in the same bowl as the other candy or snacks you're giving out, as the liquid in the bags sometimes leaks out. You don't want a watery mess on your hands when the kids show up.
If you were thinking about making some homemade snacks, well that can be fine too, as long as you're only planning on making them for the kids you actually know. Anyone not familiar to you should be given store bought, and therefore prepackaged treats, as most likely parents will through away anythings else. Watch the attached video for some other Halloween ideas.
Regardless of your choice, just make sure to have a Happy and Safe Halloween Riverside .