**Originally published on The Examiner.**
Halloween has long been merely a holiday about treats. Kids dress up in children’s Halloween costumes and grab their neon pumpkin buckets or canvas bags to go house-to-house begging for candy. Yes, begging. The best part is both walking out the door to show off the costume and trick-or-treat and then walking back in the door to check out how much candy a kid has scored.
Halloween candy is not always the best and most fun thing to receive on Halloween, though candy is the staple treat. The safe, easy thing to grab at the grocery store without much thought. Though kids love it, it is often a parents nightmare, especially if the child has already tooth problems at an early age. Yet a child cannot just take homemade treats from a random house. The safest route is to give out a prepackaged healthy Halloween treats or a non-food goodie to prevent the hoarding and binging of chocolate, sugar, and the favorite red dye 40. All of which lead to an unfortunate experience at the dentist.