Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy
On average, Americans spend 2.7 billion dollars on Halloween candy. We aren’t making this stuff up. And it’s even harder to fathom how much candy that actually is (it’s a lot!).
When Halloween rolls around, most of us look forward to that indulgence - those delicious mini chocolate bars and sweets. I mostly look forward to that day-after-Halloween discounted chocolate. Except sometimes, it can be overkill in the sugar department. And sometimes, that box of 90 mini chocolate bars disappears fast - way. too. fast.
You or your kids are left with the ultimate sugar high, then the dreaded sugar crash. So, maybe this year you’ve decided to take a healthier route. Or perhaps you normally limit your child’s Halloween candy consumption (good job!) and want to throw in a few healthier - yet, still delicious and fun - options.
Whatever the case may be, we have a few healthy alternatives for you. And surprisingly, they aren’t all healthy foods. Hand out other options that kids will enjoy just as much, minus the empty and oh-so-sugary calories. So, without further adieu… Let’s dive in!
1. Juice Boxes
Okay, we know - there is still sugar in these. Go for the more organic juice box selection. It includes more natural sugars and less of that added stuff. These kids have been walking around for hours. They have likely worked up a thirst. Quench it with a healthy alternative. It’s still sweet, but with some serious nutritious content.
2. Bouncy Balls
Not a snack, but a hit with the kids! Who doesn’t love bouncy balls? They are simple and super cheap. Plus, they provide hours of entertainment. They’ll keep your kids busy and out of their sweet bag.
3. Lunchbox Snacks
You can buy a lot of healthy lunchbox snacks in bulk - like Halloween candy, but better for you. Go for granola bars, pumpkins seeds, cheese sticks, or raisins. We know they aren’t as fun as those special Halloween treats, but they are more healthy and less loaded with unhealthy added sugars. Make sure they come individually wrapped!
4. Fruit Leather
Go for the natural kind - it’s better for you. These are also something you can buy in bulk stores, like Costco. They also resemble and taste like candy. In other words, they are one healthy food that won’t disappoint.
5. Glider Airplanes
These are fun. Some kids might even prefer these over candy (hey, not all of us have a sweet tooth!). They might even be cheaper than buying the regular ol’ Halloween candy boxes. Hit up your local dollar store for those cheap glider airplanes that provide hours of entertainment.
6. Temporary Tattoos
I have a sweet tooth, but I would have been thrilled to get temporary tattoos in my Halloween bag as a kid. They last longer than candy and are fun to apply. It’s something different! Go for the spooky variety packs - maybe some ghosts or ghouls to stick with the Halloween theme.
7. Flashlight Keychains
Safety first! And these little keychains will get used right away. Most of the time trick-or-treating is done in the dark. It’s hard to see and easy to trip over curbs and what-not. Help out the local a kids a bit. Hand out mini flashlight keychains to help them get around better for the rest of their night.
8. Organic Candy
Replace the regular candy, with organic styles or recipes. After all, for many, Halloween is all about the candy. So, if you just can’t imagine handing out flashlights or toys, take the organic route. They don’t have added sugars and are much healthier than the norm.
What About At-Home or Halloween Party Snacks?
It’s not just about what you hand out to the trick-or-treaters. What about that Halloween party you’re hosting? We’ve got you covered! It doesn’t have to be all junk food and chocolate treats. You can squeeze in a few healthy food alternatives to your snack table.
Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Get creative with your healthy food items. Make it fun! Our special Halloween recipe for Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers are as cute and spooky as they are delicious and good for you! People often find healthy food boring. Yet, it doesn’t have to be. Get the family involved and get creative with your pepper carving!
Try Making Some Deviled Eggs
Make spider-looking deviled eggs to add that Halloween theme. Or make them look like eyeballs. Whatever floats your boat. These will definitely be a crowd favourite.
Set Up a Fruit Fondue
We know we mentioned axing chocolate treats, but fruits are still packed with a ton of nutrients so you won’t feel too badly about this snack. If you really want to be healthy about this one, stick to dark chocolate.
Try Ghoulish and Monster Shaped Sandwiches
No party is complete without a few mini sandwich bites. Again, it comes down to a little creativity. Use olives as eyes on top. Cut the meats and cheeses to make it look like teeth and tongues.
Arrange a Healthy Orange Platter
When all else fails, lay out some healthy orange goods. Buy carrots, orange and yellow peppers, and oranges. Make it a Halloween colour scheme!
Make This Halloween Your Healthiest One Yet
Save yourself and your family for that upcoming Christmas treat time. There will be loads more foods to indulge in soon enough.
If you must go for those chocolates and sweets, make sure to ration it between your kids and yourself. Don’t eat the whole box or bag in one go. You’ll end up with a sugar crash and possible an upset stomach.
Remember, Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the food. Make it more about the costume and decorations - who can create the best one? Make your kids think of treats as more than just candy. Toys and other fun gadgets can be great substitutes. Find your happy and healthy Halloween balance!