Healthier Halloween Treats

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

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.
(other big hits - stickers, tattoos, pencils, pennies...)

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?


  1. I sometimes buy these type of treats for's a great size!
    sandy toe

  2. This year we are doing a 3 day rule. The candy can stay in the house for 3 days. Eat what you want but on the 3rd day it is going to my husbands work.

  3. We only trick or treat our neighborhood, so we don't get tons of candy. Then I put our bowl outside when the kids go to bed so we don't end up with leftovers from the candy we bought.

  4. I give my kids a few pieces that night but this year w/ my kids 2 1/2 and 4 1/2. I am going to buy back the candy. So I plan to tell them for every piece of candy they give me I will pay them a nickel. Ithen will either eat a few pieces myself or throw it away or give it to someone who does not care about their sugar intake. That way they are learning about money and it is a great incentive for them saving up for a toy.

  5. We have the Great Pumpkin come on Halloween Night. The kids leave their candy on the porch and the Great Pumpkin comes and takes their candy and leaves them a small present. Then I bring all of our candy to my kid's school which collects it for a Christmas party for an orphanage in Mexico.

  6. sister-in-law does "the great pumpkin" where her kids can turn in their candy at night to allow the great pumpkin to give them a toy in exchange. Usually just a $5 toy, but definitely worth it to her.
    I found my older child forgets about the candy by the next day...we'll see how long that lasts ;)


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