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Healthy Halloween Candy Alternatives

Updated on July 29, 2013

Halloween Candy Alternatives

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Healthy Halloween Treats

Sometimes families want to partake in Halloween but do not want to promote obsessive candy eating. There are many alternatives to sugary Halloween treats.

There are many reasons why parents or teachers may choose to give an alternative treats for Halloween instead of candy.

  • Healthier
  • Children may have juvenile diabetes
  • Causes tooth decay
  • Causes hyperactivity
  • Causes weight gain

Healthy Halloween candy alternatives do not have to be more expensive than candy. Below are some ideas to put a unique sugar free treat in your trick-or-treaters bags.

Crayons

Crayons are a great Halloween alternative options that promots creativity.
Crayons are a great Halloween alternative options that promots creativity. | Source

Crayons for Halloween Treats

Crayons are a great alternative to candy and snacks. All children love brand new crayons. Here is a tip, buy crayons when back-to-school specials are on clearance. You can sometimes find crayon boxes for a few cents.

Alternatively, you do not have to give a whole box of crayons out as a treat. You can pour all the crayons into a huge Halloween bowl and have the kids pick a few to put into their bags. Or grab three crayons and tie them together with a thin orange and black ribbon.

Goldfish Crackers

Goldfish Crackers are wholesome treates enjoyed by children.
Goldfish Crackers are wholesome treates enjoyed by children. | Source

Goldfish Crackers for Halloween Treats

During Halloween season Goldfish Crackers by Pepperidge Farm sells 'fun size' or smaller individual crackers. These wholesome treates are enjoyed by children. They are great for trick-or-treaters to throw in their lunch boxes after Halloween for a snack.

Toothpaste

Every kid during Halloween can use a good toothbrush and toothpaste.
Every kid during Halloween can use a good toothbrush and toothpaste. | Source

Toothpaste and Toothbrushes for Halloween Treats

Travel sized toothpaste and toothbrushes are a unique candy alternative for Halloween. These Halloween treats succeedingly do not promote the consumption of candy, instead they help fight tooth decay from all the excess sugar during Halloween. Look for small toothpaste and toothbrush sales at the dollar store or buy them in bulk through the Internet.

Temporary Halloween Tattoos

Temporary tattos are a inexpensive Halloween candy alternative.
Temporary tattos are a inexpensive Halloween candy alternative. | Source

Temporary Halloween Tattoos for Halloween Treats

If you are looking for a cheap Halloween candy alternatives, temporary Halloween tattoos are extremely affordable. Kids love putting tattoos on, and they last much longer than a small candy treat.

Pretzels

Fun-size pretzel snacks are a great healthy Halloween candy alternative.
Fun-size pretzel snacks are a great healthy Halloween candy alternative. | Source

Pretzels for Halloween Treats

Pretzels are another great Halloween snack alternative. Just like Goldfish Crackers, pretzels come in smaller individual wrapped fun-size. Pretzels taste great when they are combined with other healthy autumental foods likes apples and pears. They can also be thrown into a lunch box for a school snack.

Glow Sticks

Every kid loves glow sticks during Halloween.  They also help with child safety, making kids more visiable during the night.
Every kid loves glow sticks during Halloween. They also help with child safety, making kids more visiable during the night. | Source

Glow Sticks For Halloween Treats

Everykid loves glow sticks. Not only are they fun and exciting for kids, they also help with safety during trick-or-treating. Glow sticks help make kids more visiable in the dark.

Cheap Halloween Candy Alternatives

Crafts
Food
Toys
Crayons
Crackers
Glow Sticks
Markers
Pretzels
Tattoos
Stickers
Gum
Halloween Straws
Halloween Erasers
Natural Fruit Snacks
Plastic Halloween Rings
Halloween Stamps
Honey Sticks
Small Halloween Bubbles
Small Play-Doh
Raisins
Bouncy Ball
Play-doh is a great Halloween treat for young children.
Play-doh is a great Halloween treat for young children. | Source

Halloween Treat Ideas

Offering alternatives to candy can encourage health, creativity and other child fun activities. Children often enjoy having something else in their trick-or-treat bag instead of candy. This Halloween instead of buying tons of candy, why not try passing out a few alternatives.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome ideas! I really love the advice about buying the crayons during the back to school specials - I had never thought of that but tying some together with a cute halloween ribbon would indeed make an excellent treat. Perhaps even tie them to some rolled up coloring pages that are halloween themed as a party favor :) Excellent! Voted up and pinning.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks Christin. As the neighborhood, art therapists, I think I will be passing out crayons this year too. I like the idea of wrapping them up with Halloween paper and a small piece of tape. Thank you for voting up and pinning.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, have you lost your mind? Halloween without candy?????????????

      I don't even know what to say to this. LOL

      I'm teasing...a bit.

      When I was a kid the neighbors would give homemade treats...brownies, cookies, popcorn balls....can you imagine anyone doing that today? How times have changed...and now we're talking about healthier alternatives.

      Good suggestions my friend. I think I'm glad I no longer have a little kid.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      LOL, Bill. I think candy will always be a part of Halloween, not to worry. I remember getting those homemade popcorn balls too. Yes, sadly times have changed.

      Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Nice list. I love Halloween! Some of the items you mention are also helpful alternatives for kids who are too young. Voted up and more.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Hi FlourishAnyway, I didn't think of that, but you are so right these are also a great alternative for kids who are too young to eat candy. Thank you for voting up.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love these ideas. I know how kids love candy, but I think it would still be awesome to get a small box of crayons to play with when they get home! Great list!

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks epbooks. I think crayons are a great idea. I am going to buy a whole bunch as soon as they are on clearance from the back to school specials.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I thought you offered some great Halloween alternatives instead of the unhealthy sugary treats. I like the crayons idea. Before you know it, Halloween will be upon us once again. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Carly, I used to give out granola bars instead of candy. The kids didn't mind at all.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      bravewarrior, that is a great idea! Thank you for adding this to the comments so other's will know this is an option too.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      I am so glad to read this and I shared & tweeted. This is some great ideas for halloween 2013. Enjoy so much your interesting and useful articles. Up +++ this goes. shared & tweeted. Have a safe halloween, :-)

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      miss_jkim 3 years ago

      This was a very interesting and fresh hub! I love to get good ideas like this. My favorites were the crayons and temporary tattoo's!

      Voted up and shared!

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      mythbuster 3 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      With a cursory glance, at first, I was wondering, "really? do crayons taste ok?" - so I had to SLOW DOWN and pay more attention :) I'm glad I went back to the top to read with more focus because now it makes sense to place small toys that will last a while into treat bags at Hallowe'en instead of filling trick-or-treater bags with harmful sugars and junk! I think many younger kids will be thrilled with play-doh and tattys... and who doesn't need to replenish their crayon supply on a constant basis. (I always need more yellows, oranges and purples, myself).

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      mythbuster-" (I always need more yellows, oranges and purples, myself)." That comment made me smile. I always seem to need black, white and blue replenished.

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      mythbuster 3 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I am back to read this again and I still need more purple crayons... will have to wait about 6mo for Hallowe'en and re-stock my crayon supply :) I always liked to see sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in my treat bag when I was a kid - those were my fave snacks.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      mythbuster, sunfulower seeds and pumpkin seeds are a great idea! I love that.

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