Halloween is just around the corner, and the shelves in the stores are lined with enormous bags of candy. If you’re like me, you may not be thrilled about the idea of handing out or giving your family sugary, dyed and unhealthy candy. Luckily, you don’t have to skip out on the festivities, because there are a ton of great companies who are creating healthier treats for the holiday!
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Here is our short list of Healthy Trick-or-Treats
Enjoy Life is a wonderful company that is dedicated to providing safe snacks and baked goods for individuals with food allergies. Their products are all free from gluten, all nuts, and the 8 most common allergens. They do not contain any artificial ingredients, ever. They have a huge variety of products, including granolas, chewy bars, soft baked cookies, chocolate bars, and chocolate for baking. Their soft baked bars or granola bars would be a great idea for Halloween treats! Last year they had bags of individual candies available. Hopefully they will bring them back this year!
Natural Candy Store
Natural Candy Store is a web store that has some great natural candy options. I am especially happy with their organic Halloween candy options. I am eyeing the organic, equal exchange chocolate for my self this holiday season.
Annie’s Homegrown Organics makes a variety of convenient snacks, pastas and salad dressings. Their products are GMO free, organic, free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, and many of their products are even gluten free. They have a ton of great ideas for Halloween treats, including fruit bites, cheddar bunnies, fruit bars, pretzel bunnies, and bunny grahams. Many of their products come in individual serving sizes, making them idea for handing out to any age of ghosts and princesses that show up at your door.
Justin’s peanut butter cups are a tasty treat made with real ingredients. Their honey almond butter in individual packets is one of my kids favorite treats when we are out on a hike and goes wonderfully on fruit. It would also be a great trick or treating treat. They are obviously not nut free, but they are wrapped well so that no sneaky peanut butter will squish out like other peanut butter cups do.
YummyEarth Organics is devoted to creating healthy and tasty snacks that are free of high fructose corn syrup and harmful dyes. Their products are free from gluten, peanuts and tree nuts, while using organic ingredients. They sell individually wrapped organic lollipops, which would be great to hand out for Halloween. Their product line also includes sour beans, gummy bears, and fruit snacks.
Mini Water Bottles
While I don’t normally condone the use of plastic bottles, the little children are running around neighborhoods, eating candy, and could probably use some rehydrating!
Most of the kids I know actually enjoy fresh fruit, when they have access to it. Clementine oranges are a perfect healthy snack. They’re easy to peel, inexpensive and they have an exterior that protects them while the children are out running around. Fresh fruit is a great option if you are trick or treating around people you know like at a church, school, or moms club event, but some parents may have a fear of fresh fruits being tainted in some way. After talking to a lot of moms, I gather that they would trust pre-packaged fruit in a plastic wrapper like the packaged organic apples you can get at costco.
Although a bit pricey, Eco Kids makes play dough that is handmade with natural ingredients, and naturally dyed with plant and vegetable extracts. Three years ago we handed out Play-dough brand mini play dough and my husband was worried about our house getting egged. It turns out, the older kids were excited about getting to play and asked for more than one!
You can purchase mini flashlights for around $.50 a piece, and hand them out so children can see as it gets darker. It will make them feel extra special to have their very own, colorful light!
These may not go over as well for the older kids, but if you are at an event with younger kids then stickers are perfect. They are small, sticky, fun and most of all affordable. I think we sometimes underestimate the pure joy a child has from getting a sticker, especially if they can pick it out for them selves! I make sure to include a variety of options that will appeal to different kids, from horses, dogs, and cats to dinosaurs, dragons and super heroes, stickers are sure to please the young kids.
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