Halloween candy transition taking a healthy turn to trick-or-treating

Halloween, the holiday infamously known for cavities and sugary treats, may be taking a healthier turn at

Indiana University of Pennsylvania this year.

Passing out fruit, drinks or even pencils seems like the thing to do in a society with the new “healthy kids” regulations.

Howerver, students and staff members have different views on the healthy movement this Halloween.

Kaitlyn Mazzotta (freshman, nursing) disagrees with handing out healthier treats compared to candy on Halloween.

“When I went trick-or-treating as a child, I always got a lot of popcorn balls and mostly candy,” Mazzotta said, “but when I went in later years, I received different treats, like hot chocolate and crackers.”

The experience Mazzotta had of receiving healthy items instead of candy has influenced her argument of healthy and non-healthy treats.

“It is one day a year:  Let the kids enjoy it because they probably will not be eating it every day,” she said. “Instead, it will last a month or be thrown away.”

Bonnie Davis, an employee in the electronic department of the Co-op Store, also agrees to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.

“On a daily basis, I say ‘yes’ to healthy foods,” she said. “But it is only once a year that lots of candy is received, and kids need to have fun.”

Davis has always passed out candy in various ways to the children of her community.

“I walked around with my children and gave treat bags we made up to children,” Davis said, “while back on my porch sat a bowl full of candy bars that said, ‘We are out haunting just like you, so help yourself to a treat or two.’”

The front desk receptionist at the Co-op Store, Linda Webb, said she agrees with giving healthier treats to children this year.

“I am planning on handing out small bags of chips, Nature Valley granola bars and fruit snacks,” Webb said,
“because I think that kids get enough sugar as it is during each day.”

Whether or not the trick-or-treaters are receiving healthier treats, they will still enjoy the fun times with family and friends.

If the idea of passing out healthy or non-healthy treats this Halloween still doesn’t strike an interest, the fund
UNICEF is always accepting money during this holiday.

UNICEF gives out treat boxes or DIY ideas for children to collect money instead of treats, and the collection will go to helping children in need.

The foundation was founded in 1950, and since then have raised more than $170 million dollars.

If interested, find out more at unicefusa.org.

While enjoying treats of all kinds, kids will continue carrying out the traditions of trick-or-treat night in Indiana and all across the world.

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