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This Halloween will be the first one that my daughter will actually be able to trick or treat. Luckily, she is still young enough for me to make the candy disappear afterwards without much of an issue. With older children it may be a little harder to get rid of all the junk they have collected. A lot of parents don’t want to give out all the junk candy that is full of sugar, corn syrup, and food coloring but don’t know what else to give out. As nice as it would be to make homemade Halloween treats, it’s not really an option because it will most likely get thrown away especially if the parents don’t know where it came from. Personally, I would do the same thing.
Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t still have some healthy treats. It’s really more important not to go overboard and just allow it in moderation. In searching for some healthier options I found some things that I would feel comfortable giving out. If you are looking for some better alternatives to traditional candy that won’t cost a fortune this list should help.
Endangered Species Chimp Mints - This might be my favorite healthy option for Halloween treats. Dark chocolate is full of anti-oxidants and minerals. These mini chocolates also have a lot less sugar that the traditional chocolate Halloween treat. These aren’t perfect (they do contain Soy Lecithin and could have traces of milk) but these are the best small individually wrapped chocolates I have found. On Amazon these are around $0.48 each when you buy a box of 64.
Floral Honeystix - My daughter loves honey. I don’t mind giving her a little bit of raw honey on a spoon as a treat. Although honey has natural sugars it also has some nice benefits. Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It also promotes digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, and local honey helps to eliminate allergies. I got the idea for these as a Halloween treat when we went pumpkin picking and they had these at the register. On Amazon these are around $0.27 each when you buy 50.
Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks - These fruit snacks are a good alternative to gummy candies. I used these to fill the Easter eggs this year and it went over very well. I wouldn’t offer these as a regular thing but it works well as a Halloween candy alternative. On Amazon these are around $0.78 per bag when you buy a set of 4 boxes.
YummyEarth Organic Lollipops - These lollipops are flavored with fruit juice and are made from cane juice instead of corn syrup. These made my list because they are one of the most economical options and have much better quality ingredients then a traditional hard candy. On Amazon these are around $0.12 per pop.
Halloween Stickers - Stickers are a big hit in my house so I know that younger children would be very happy getting stickers. This probably wouldn’t work for the older trick or treat crowd though. Stickers are really inexpensive and are sugar-free! Amazon has a roll of 500 for $7.75 which is less then $0.02 per sticker.