Need Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy?

Halloween is just around the corner and that means trick or treating for many kids and their families. That also means many people having Halloween parties and handing out treats and goodies.

While many people do not eat candy or parents prefer for their children to have something a little more healthy, or just something other than candy, it leaves many people to wonder what the best non-candy Halloween treats are.

Well, here’s something to help you with that!

If you choose to give out snacks, hand out these snacks instead:

  • Single-serve boxes of cereal
  • Mini boxes of raisins
  • Prepackaged fruits or vegetables
  • Granola bars
  • Single-serve packages of popcorn
  • Packages of apple cider
  • Pretzels
  • Juice boxes

Thinking about handing out non-food items? Here are a few ideas for that as well!

  • Bottles of bubbles-I don’t know a kid who doesn’t love bubbles. Infact, I don’t even know an adult who doesn’t love bubbles!
  • Stickers
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Play dough-this lets them have a little fun and let their creative side come out!
  • Pencils-a lot of kids love seasonal pencils and may even collect them. On the other hand, they always need pencils for school.
  • Erasers-to go with those pencils
  • Note pads
  • Glow necklaces and bracelets-these are extremely fun to wear on Halloween night.
  • Mask craft.
  • Mini Pumpkins-this allows the kids to decorate their own pumpkin when they get home from trick or treating.
  • Balloons, puzzles, fake vampire teeth-any type of plastic novelty toy that they can have fun with!

If you are planning a party or a get-together, there are also alternatives to candy that can be served!

  • Witches’ Smiles:
      • Core and cut a red apple, leaving the skin on it, into vertical slices.
      • On one side of the apple slice, spread your favorite nut butter and place a second slice of apple on top so that it looks like the lips of a mouth.
      • Stick raisins between the two apple slices so that you will have the look of decayed teeth.
  • Bony Fingers:
      • Pour popcorn into clear plastic gloves and tie off the end with black and orange ribbon. You can even add a plastic spider ring to one of the fingers!
  • Blood:
      • Mix together apple cider, orange juice, and cranberry juice to have the look of blood. 
  • Witches’ Brew:
      • Serve apple juice or orange juice with a small amount of dairy free vanilla ice cream or dairy free frozen yogurt.
      • Add a few drops of green food coloring to the ice cream or frozen yogurt before adding it to the juice. 
  • Spider Eggs:
      • Place green grapes in a baggie and you have instant spider eggs! 
  • Banana Ghosts:
      • Peel a banana and push in 3 dark chocolate chips; 2 for the eyes and 1 for the mouth.
  • Candy Corn Fruit Cup:
    • Stack pineapple, orange slices and dairy free yogurt to create a “candy corn” fruit cup.

There are so many things that you can do for Halloween, whether you are hosting a party or just handing out treats. You just have to use a little bit of imagination and be creative!


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