It can be challenging to stay healthy this time of year. How do you avoid the harmful refined sugars and chemistry experiment ingredients without missing out on all of the fun? Finding healthier treats can be tricky. The good news is, there are healthier goodies for you and the little witches and goblins to indulge on. Now you can enjoy Halloween without getting sick or packing on the pounds.
Although kids look forward to the candy, most kids resonate long term with dressing up, scary games and the fun they have with their friends and family. This Halloween, allow for some indulgence while creating balance as to what the real spirit of the holiday means.
1. Keep it Simple
Select whole food, or at least less processed ingredients. Examples include: fresh or dried fruit, packets of trail mix or nuts, honey sticks, crystallized ginger, protein powder packets, dark chocolates.
2. Select Healthier Alternatives
Learn to navigate food labels. Look for labels with minimal ingredients and a less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Examples include: mini Larabars, Spry gum & mints, dark chocolate and Zevia.
3. Be Creative
Hand out non-edible items like temporary tattoos, spider rings, Play-Doh, glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls, glow bracelets and other toys. View Wellness Mamma’s 27 Great Halloween Treats (besides candy) to Give Out This Year.
4. Get Moving
Balance the sugar binge by giving away items that promote fun outside activities related to athletics and movement. Check The Dollar Store for jump ropes, footballs, frisbees, hackie sacks, bouncy balls, etc.
5. Pull a Switch Witch
Teach your kids that less is more by trading 5 pieces of traditional candy (mini snickers) for 2 pieces of healthier indulgences (dark chocolate).
6. Hello Halloween Fairy
Allow your kids to exchange their bag of candy for a toy they’ve been wanting or some TV time!
7. Cash For Candy
Let kids sell their candy to a dentist near you!
8. Party at Home
Arrange a movie or game night with friends. Make healthier treats together, such as Spiderweb Eggs, Witch Fingers, Twix, Apple Jack-O-Lanterns, Jel-O-Lanterns, Apple or Banana Mummies, Apple Bites, Pumpkin Smoothie, Magic Cookie Bars, and more treats listed below.
9. Hay Ride or Haunted House
“I scream for ice cream!” Enjoy a spooky hay ride or a scary haunted house, then go out for a treat!
10. Christmas Decor
Use candy to build a gingerbread house for a lovely Christmas decoration!
Trick your taste buds with these ten hauntingly healthy treats that are fun to make and eat!
- all things pumpkin: pumpkin pudding, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pecan bars, pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin cranberry muffins, pumpkin pie pucks, gluten-free pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice cookies, maple pumpkin custard, pumpkin souffle, pumpkin ice cream
- chocolate lovers: cacao cashew cookies, brownies, chocolate covered berries, chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate mousse, chocolate caramel slice, chocolate tart, chocolate bark, cacao butter bark
- date delights: dates rolled in coconut or nuts, cacao cookies
- go nuts (& seeds): sweet & spicy pepitas, roasted nuts, almond butter, cherry almond balls, nut candy
- seasonal sensations: Banana Mummies, Magic Cookie Bars, Sweet Potato Bugs, Soul Cakes, Oranges and Date Whipped Cream, Spooky Spiderweb Eggs, Witch Fingers, Apple Jack-O-Lanterns, Apple Mummies, Apple Bites, Candy Corn Gummies, Pumpkin Bars, Chocolate-Dipped Apples, Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts, Shrunken Heads in Cider
Just say, “BOO” to excess amounts of sugar!
- candy bars: LaraBar, WB Kitchen, Primal Kitchen (Chocolate Almond & Coconut Cashew)
- chia treats: Mamma Chia squeeze packs and The Chia Co chia pods
- chocolate bars: Alter Eco (Blackout & Salted Brown Butter) & Eating Evolved
- cookies & truffles: Go Raw & Good Bites
- dried fruit: Nature’s All Foods
- macaroons: Wonderfully Raw Organic Coco-Roons
- nut butter: Artisana, NuttZo
- pumpkin puree: Farmer’s Market Foods, organic
- pumpkin seeds: Go Raw organic raw sprouted
- soda alternative: Zevia
- How to Start the Holiday Season with Success
- Learn about the Teal Pumpkin Project by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.