13 Non-Candy Options To Give Out On Halloween

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By: Emmi Buck
 
We don’t need to tell you that candy (especially a LOT of candy, like on Halloween) can be bad news for your oral health. Trick-or-treat doesn’t need to mean a sweet, cavity-causing treat; you can give out other kinds of treats, or even tricks!

 

Don’t forget the first option in trick-or-treat 😉 … after all, it is a night for mischief and fun, right?!

 

Another bonus of avoiding chocolate candy is that many kids have allergies and dietary restrictions that make Halloween a bummer for them since most houses give out low-quality, GMO-sugar chocolate treats. The below options are far more suitable, sustainable, and healthy for all trick-or-treaters!

 

  1. Fruit Snacks / Fruit Leather – As sweet as candy, but much healthier and in fun shapes. Top picks are Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, YumEarth Organic Gummy Bears, and Stretch Island All-Natural Fruit Strips.
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  2. Mini Trail Mix Packs – Most kids don’t see trail mix as ‘healthy’, but rather a fun treat with lots of choices! Trader Joe’s has good options, and so does Trophy Farm’s All Natural Snack Mixes.                                                                 trader joe's handfulls trail mix mini bag halloween essential oxygenTrophy Farms nut mixes
  3. Spooky School Supplies – A ghost eraser or vampire pencil would make any kid excited for class after Halloween!Halloween erasers pencil school supl
  4. Glow Sticks – Not only will trick-or-treaters light up with excitement, giving out glow sticks will literally light them up, and help them to be easily seen by cars while walking around the neighborhood. glow sticks halloween
  5. Magic Tricks – The first part of trick-or-treat is tricks, and kids LOVE magic tricks. Look some up online to learn or buy. If you don’t want to leave kids empty handed, do a trick that involves a gift too, like finding a nickel or yo-yo in their witches’ hat.magic trick essential oxygen
  6. Essential Oxygen Organic Brushing Rinse – Growing up, I lived on a street with 2 dentists. On Halloween, one gave out toothbrushes and the other gifted mini toothpastes, and to be honest… even as a kid I thought it was cool! Be the yin to Halloween candy yang, and give out our 3 ounce travel sized BRs to help combat cavities the coolest, foamiest, whole-mouth-healthiest way possible!Organic Brushing Rinse Essential Oxygen travel size 3 oz
  7. Non-Toxic Crafts – Steer clear of paints and play dough’s with ingredients you can’t pronounce, but check out Eco-Kids Eco-Dough and Natural Earth Natural Face Paint.                                                                                eco-kids eco-dough natural earth natural face paint
  8. Bubbles!!! – What kid (or adult) doesn’t love bubbles? Some eco-friendly options include Fubbles Bubbles and Pustefix Bubbles, or easily make your own with 2 cups of warm water, 3 Tablespoons of Honest Co. Dish Soap, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.                                                                                                                         Fubbles bubbles non-toxicpustefix bubbles
  9. Temporary Tattoos – Many brands make Halloween themed tats, but really any temporary tattoo will do! We found some cool non-toxic options including biNK’ed vegetable based tattoo sheets and Spestyle nontoxic temporary tattoos.
  10. Apple Cider Single Serve Packs – Like fruit snacks, this is another sweet treat option that doesn’t pack quite the cavity-causing punch! You can even find sugar free options nowadays.
  11. Popcorn – While making your own is the healthiest option, many parents won’t allow their kids to eat home-made treats. Try pre-popped and packaged options like non-GMO BoomChickaPop or popcorn look-alike Pirate’s Booty.                                                                                                                                        boomchickapoppirates booty
  12. Bouncy Balls – Toys are great non-candy treats, and bouncy balls are always  favorite toy. Look for bouncy balls that use natural plastic.
  13. Granola / Snack Bars – There are SO many healthy options these days and even Halloween ones! Get Clif Kid Organic Z-Bars in Full Moon Brownie flavor or Nature’s Path Bars in Chococonut or Pumpkin-N-Spice.                                                                                                                                                               clif bar kids zbar healthy halloween brownie Nature's Path organic granola bars

Microbeads: the Miniscule Killer

By: Stephen Au

 

The innovation of plastics has made life far more convenient for everyone, so much so that plastics are among the most traded commodities in the world. The diversity of plastics has contributed to its widespread use throughout the world; plastics can be found almost anywhere you look from bags to phones to facewash. The most common form of plastics used in the Health & Beauty industry is microbeads.

 

Microbeads are tiny balls of plastic, typically smaller than 5mm, and usually found in body washes, toothpastes, and exfoliators. The microbeads used in personal care products are mainly made of polyethylene (PE), but can be also be made of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon. Microbeads have slowly replaced many natural, biodegradable materials in cosmetics, in large part due to its cheap cost of production and easy accessibility. So what purpose do they serve? These tiny plastic beads don’t do much to help cleanse the body – but they do contribute to the cleansing / exfoliating feeling, so much so that companies are more than happy to incorporate these cheap beads as an alternative to the more expensive, biodegradable products.

 

Widespread use of microbeads in body washes, toothpastes, and other cosmetics does not bode well for the environment. Plastics do not readily break down when flushed down the drain, and the sewage system in place is not built to filter out these plastics. Once the beads are washed down the drain, they accumulate in the wild where an estimated 808 trillion pieces swirl down American drains every day. Researchers estimate that 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic trash are being flushed into the environment every year, and this is believed to be a conservative estimate! Microbeads are exponentially adding onto the accumulating concentration of plastic trash, which is very harmful to the environment. Avoid microbeads if you can!

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Microbeads are very damaging to the marine life as well. The tiny beads look like food to fishes and when ingested, causes reproductive harm to the sea life. The plastic beads also easily absorb harmful chemicals and accumulate at a higher rate than they would in water. Plastic microbeads absorb lingering organic pollutants (long-lasting toxic chemicals like pesticides, motor oil, and more) and other industrial chemicals that then move up the food chain when these toxic-coated beads are consumed by fish and other marine organisms. A single microbead can be up to a million times more toxic than the water around it! These same fish are then sold and eaten by the general public so keeping these tiny beads out of the sewage systems is in everyone’s best interest! Again there is no proven benefit of putting these plastic beads in cosmetic products. Dentists have expressed concern that microbeads added to toothpaste are getting stuck in patient’s’ gums, trapping harmful bacteria. Additionally, scientists in China found microbeads someplace they shouldn’t be: in table salt. Imagine finding these tiny beads in your food!

 

The good news is that microbeads are slowly being shut down by many new government policies. President Obama signed a bipartisan bill that prohibits selling and distributing products containing microbeads. The bill is intended to protect the nation’s waterways. These policies are a step in the right direction to help curb the environmental footprint left behind by millions of people. The right combination of research, awareness, and action has helped stop this potentially fatal environmental problem from snowballing into something worse. Although these policies will lessen the damage on the environment, public awareness and action is the best bet for stopping environmental problems existing everywhere so do your part and avoid these little plastic beads! Plastic pollution is a problem that can be controlled much more easier than other daunting environmental problems such as climate change so spread the awareness and avoid adding onto this plastic problem.