Can you still enjoy Halloween and stick to an all natural diet? Yes, you absolutely can! In our case artificial colors and flavors are out because of the havoc they wreak on behavior. We’ve been doing this so long that it’s second nature, but if you’re new to the ADHD Diet you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed, or nervous. Don’t worry, there are endless ways to keep the fun in Halloween without throwing your chemically sensitive child into a tailspin.
We have a deal in our house. Everyone goes trick or treating and hauls back their score to our house. The minute we walk through the door at the end of the night the kids hand over their bags and receive a new bag from me. I fill the new bags with fun little toys, books, and most importantly to them, a stash of all natural candy. We make a big deal about the fun new bags and I have to tell you, not once have they missed the candy they got from the neighbors. Some dentists will pay kids by the pound for trading in their Halloween candy, so be sure and check around your area. Here is a photo of some of the things our Halloween bags contained last year.
Here’s a list of suggestions to fill your Halloween treat bags, and for sharing with trick or treaters:
Candy and snacks:
UnReal Candy - mini chocolate/nougat bars
UnReal Candy - candy coated chocolate (like M&Ms)
YummyEarth Organic Lollipops
Junior Mints – yep, no artificial colors/flavors/preservatives
Lay’s Potato Chips
Barbara’s Cheese Puffs
Panda All Natural Cherry Licorice
Go Naturally Hard Candy
LifeSavers Peppermint Flavored Candy (not other flavors)
Chocolate Chips (I divide these into small bags)
Book (“Read It, Don’t Eat It”)
Not Pictured/Other Ideas:
Glee Chewing Gum
Sunspire All Natural Chocolate Candies (similar to M&Ms)
YumEarth Organic Gummy Bears
Annie’s Homegrown Vegan Fruit Snacks
Mini Halloween Ducks
Pirate Eye Patches
See, endless possibilities! As for the candy that we hand out to trick or treaters, we give these YumEarth lollipops and the vampire teeth in the list above. So there, you’ve got Halloween handled, right?