Natural Treats not Artificial Tricks

If you think sugar is the main problem with Halloween candies, read the labels and try not to be surprised at what lurks in a child’s trick-or-treat bag.

“Most Halloween candies are full of artificial dyes that are made from petroleum,” said Jane Hersey, National Director of the nonprofit Feingold Association.

Studies have linked both artificial food additives and dyes with hyperactivity and other behavior problems in children. “That’s why many teachers and parents consider the day after Halloween to be the worst day of the year,” said Hersey. “I call this phenomenon ‘Halloween Hangover.’”

Protect Your Kids From Too Much Candy

  •  Feed them a healthy meal before going trick or treating and limit how much candy they can eat along the way
  •  At home trade collected candy for natural treats, money for a special toy or a trip to a favorite activity
  •  Opt for an old-fashioned Halloween or fall-themed party where children are given homemade and natural treats
  •  Shop to find candy treats that don’t use artificial flavors or colors and encourage others to do the same
  •  Ask teachers and club leaders to forego candy at parties and instead provide healthy snacks

Some treats to consider from the Feingold Association:

Sunspire Sundrops

Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares

Surf Sweets Gummi Candies

Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses

Florida’s Natural Au’some Fruit Juice Nuggets

Pearson’s Chocolate Covered Mint Patties

Great Value (Walmart) Peanut Butter Cups

Yummy Earth Lollipops


GoodLiving picks

Don’t forget the grown ups. Treat them to Panda All Natural Licorice, the first all-natural licorice brand of candies, available in chews and bars. Black licorice, cherry and raspberry. No preservatives and no artificial colors and flavors. Fat-free, guilt-free and yumm-y. Find at natural food stores or

Give kids Glee Gum, an all-natural, gluten-free chewing gum with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners or preservatives. Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way, with chicle. Say no to other gums that are nearly all synthetic. Find at natural food stores or

A delicious and festive treat from Strawberry Hill Confectionery are Whirl-E-Pops, made with ingredients like organic honey and organic maple syrup. Choose from the maple leaf, Jack-O-Lantern, ghosts or bats in honey-cranberry, honey-orange, honey-lemon, honey-ginger, orange and more. All Natural and Organic, Peanut Free, Gluten Free, GMOs Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free.




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Written by Pamela Settle, owner of Light Shine Media Group and publisher of GoodLiving® Magazine. All Rights Reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced without permission.

GoodLiving Magazine® is printed six times a year for families in Pinellas County, Florida, home to municipalities including Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Largo and St. Petersburg. The densest county in Florida, population is near 1 Million people. Past issues are available for viewing digitally on the website.

As an advocate for children and families, Pamela Settle serves as the local committee chairperson for The Children’s Movement of Florida, a non-partisan advocacy organization that works on behalf of the well being of children throughout the State of Florida.

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