Pumpkins on bed of leavesHalloween is just around the corner so before you go “treat shopping,” consider offering treats that are healthier. Sugarless gum, cereal bars, low-fat granola, small packs of animal or peanut butter crackers, or packs of raisins, nuts, or string cheese make tasty, healthy treats. Non-food items such as stickers, pencils, fun erasers, or a dime or a quarter or even a new toothbrush make good, alternative Halloween treats. Parents of young children should check their trick or treaters’ bags for items that could cause choking such as nuts, seeds, popcorn, hard candy, gum drops, jelly beans, coins and balloons. Remember to have your children brush their teeth after eating their Halloween candy. Sugar, as well as other carbohydrates, does cause tooth decay.