Healthy Treats for Halloween

Wanting to pass out something reasonably healthy for Halloween this year? We have a few ideas:

Tiger's Milk Bars - these chocolatey nutrition bars are the perfect candy bar alternative. Loaded with 16 vitamins and minerals and 9 grams of protein, Tiger's Milk can satisfy the candy urge in a healthy way.

Knudsen Organic Sensible Sippers - juice boxes might be an unconventional thing to pass out, but we think these small juice boxes are a perfect Halloween treat. They are certified USDA Organic are 50% organic juice and 50% water, reducing the amount of sugar in each serving without compromising taste.

Newman's Own Organic Raisin Boxes - raisins are the classic dried fruit snack, and Newman's version are organic and the perfect size for little hands.

Snack-Sized Pirate's Booty - we love that Pirate's Booty is available in smaller bags now! Pirate's Booty is all-natural, made with puffed rice, corn, and aged cheddar cheese. No sugar, and no transfats!

Kopali Organic Dried Fruit - these organic dried fruit bags have no sugar, oil, or sulfites. Made of 100% real fruits, which are fully ripened, picked by hand and dried right on site at the farm. Flavors include dried mango, pineapple, mulberries, goldenberries, and a "Superfood Mix".

Funky Monkey - this is the perfect fruit snack that kids and moms will love. Their fruit snacks are made with 100% organic fruit, and no sugar. They use a freeze-dried dehydration technique that makes the fruit sweet and crunchy.

Salba Smart’s Organic Tortilla Chips - treats don't have to be sweets. Salba's 100 calorie tortilla chips pack are packed full of whole salba grain - the superfood that provides three times more iron than spinach, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, and six times more calcium than whole milk

How about a puzzle for a totally sugar-free Halloween treat? Hasbro has a"Halloween Bag of Mini Puzzles" that kids would love, featuring 50 piece puzzles of pets dressed up in halloween costumes.

And now, how do we manage all of the sugary treats our kids come home with on Halloween? I am planning to let my kids each choose 5 treats to have for the next 5 days. I am also going to sneak out any potty-training friendly treats to use in my upcoming potty-training adventures (m&m's & skittles work well for me). I know that our dentist also does a "Candy Buy-Back" deal with kids...She pays a dollar per pound of candy. I would also consider bartering with my kids -- they could trade in their candy for a toy or fun outing.

What ideas do you have for rationing or reducing the acquired candy? Any Halloween traditions you are going to be doing this year?


  1. One of the neatest things I ever saw was little containers of playdough. It can't have been cheap but then again, we don't get many kids in our rural neighbourhood.

    I'm going to go through the candy, select a handful or two, and chuck the rest when they're not looking. It won't work when they get older of course, but one year at a time.

  2. My kids get addicted to sugar quickly. Seriously! It is like a detox center around here after holidays where there are lots of sweets involved. So... I will bring them down slowly. A treat per day. And, I am thinking about counting their treats and offering a barter with a fun toy for the leftover candy. I always hide a secret stash of my favorites for me. :) Sssshhhh....

  3. Great ideas! Our kids get one Halloween treat per day, and before you know it they've forgotten about it.

  4. Our dentist's office will buy back candy by the pound. We take the candy in, they weigh it and give the kids cash. It doesn't amount to a lot, but it's enough to get a small toy. They choose a handful of candy that they want to keep, and then they go shopping for a new toy. It's a win, win, win situation.

  5. Like many others, my kids get one treat per day after Halloween. But even then, it takes FOREVER to get rid of it, especially when the candy shares space with the other treats in the house. ("I'm tired of Twix. I think I'll have a cookie today.") And that's how we still have candy in the house today that was collected last October 31.

    Last year, I started going through my kids bags and taking all the candy that won't melt and using it to fill out my Operation Christmas Child boxes. More here.

  6. The last few years, we trick-or-treat early, and then I make Jafta dump his candy into a bowl that I pass out to the rest of the trick-or treaters that come by. I'm not sure if he will go for that one this year, but I will try!

  7. we do what is called the Great Pumpkin. A week before Halloween we write the Great Pumpkin and let him know we'll be leaving Candy on our doorstep on Halloween night. Then we gather all the candy in a pillow case and leave it with a note that night. In the morning, the Great Pumpkin has taken the candy and left each child a toy with a note. The candy is gone, the kids are thrilled with a new toy and mom is happy.

    Love the blog,
    Colette Smith


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