Next week is Halloween, consider an alternative to conventional candy. According to Care2.com and GreenHalloween.org, when children aged four to teens were shown alternative treats such as pencils made from recycled paper, seed packets, colored stones and other choices, they were excited and said they’d love to get them at Halloween. For the most part, kids were happy to get a variety of options, rather than another bucket of candy. But if you do give out candy, you don’t need to give each child a handful. Give out less or give out a candy along with a non-candy treat. On average, children bring home 10 pounds of candy. With the current concerns about obesity, anything you can do to steer them away from sugary sweets will help, and their dentist will thank you, too.