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Dental association scares up list of alternative Halloween treats

The Connecticut state dental association is recommending that homeowners hand out non-candy items, such as glow sticks, this Halloween.

Candy is delicious and fun, but everyone knows it’s not good for the body — especially the teeth. But what else are homeowners supposed to hand out on Halloween? Not to worry — the Connecticut State Dental Association has shared some healthy alternatives to all that sweet stuff.

“Strictly by the numbers, Halloween is a dentist’s worst nightmare,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President, in a news release. “A single serving of a full-size candy bar has over 20 grams of sugar and more than 200 calories. Halloween can still be fun without being hazardous for teeth. Instead of giving trick-or-treaters candy, people could hand out spooky treats.”


Some non-edible spooky treat alternatives include glow sticks, stickers, monster finger puppets, bouncy balls and spider rings.


And for those families who have more candy than they can handle, some dental offices throughout state also offer a Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. The program promotes oral health by encouraging children to eat less sugary candy and rewarding those who donate unopened candy.

To find a list of some of the participating dental offices, visit the CSDA’s Charitable Dental Outreach Calendar, available here.

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