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?

6 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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