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Healthy Halloween Treats Without High Fructose Corn Syrup or Artificial Ingredients
Halloween is Almost Here
Halloween is a magical time when kids dress up in cute costumes perfect for scoring a stash of candy, while adults squeeze into formfitting outfits with the intention of showing off as much cleavage as possible. Witches are rumored to come out that night, and pranksters head around town to drape toilet paper across trees and squirt shaving cream in mailboxes. Ah, Halloween. Gotta love it.
I have a blast taking my kids around the neighborhood, watching as they perform tricks and tell jokes. I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they catch a glimpse of how awesome they look in their costumes. I enjoy seeing neighborhood kids in different outfits, dashing from door to door.
There's one thing that I don't like about October 31st, though: The candy. I mean, I like candy just as much as the next person, don't get me wrong. I just cringe a little - okay, maybe a lot - when my kids dump out their candy on the living room floor and all I see is stuff packed with high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, vanillin, and artificial colors.
Yes, All Kids Deserve Treats
I'm not a total health nut, and I let my kids have special treats once in awhile. Luckily for me, they aren't big fans of most popular candy bars, and none of them really like soda. They still like some pretty disgusting stuff, though, and I hate watching them gulp down Skittles and Starburst like there's no tomorrow.
We usually don't hand out candy, but we do leave a bowl on the porch each year. This year, my goal is to fill the bowl with healthy Halloween treats. Well, healthier ones, that is. I don't think that candy is ever really "healthy" unless you're melting it on top of broccoli or creating a chocolate-and-onion stir fry.
Annie's Bunny Grahams and Cheddar Bunnies
We are hardcore Annie's fans at my house. Sometimes my toddler begs for "Nickies" for breakfast, the term that he uses for bunny. He thinks that bunnies look like Mickey Mouse, and I can kind of see where he's coming from.
Anyway, Annie's makes the cutest little bunny-shaped crackers and cookies that you've ever seen. We like the honey and cheddar flavors best, but they're all delicious. If your little one has special dietary needs, check out the gluten-free flavors of Bunny Grahams. They have a gluten-free SnickerDoodle flavor that is totally awesome.
NuGo Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Bars
I'm a granola bar junkie. Unfortunately, most granola bars are packed with crap that I don't want to put into my body. Same goes for my kids.
Back when I was a dedicated vegan instead of a half-hearted vegetarian, I used to eat these NuGo bars all the time with my daughter. They don't leave behind a chalky taste like certain other vegan bars, and that makes me happy. It will make your trick-or-treaters happy, too. This dark chocolate almond bar is also a good pre-Halloween snack if you realize that your kids have no plans of sitting still for dinner that night.
Nutritious and delicious! I like that this bar doesn't have a waxy chocolate flavor or a chalky-tasting interior.
YummyEarth Organic Lollipops for Halloween
Okay, I know that lollipops aren't anywhere near as healthy as some of the Halloween treats on this page, but they're still a decent option for folks who want to hand out candy on Halloween. Before you even think about handing out Blow Pops or Dum Dums, check out these delicious organic pops.
YummyEarth lollipops are suitable for many kids with dietary restrictions. These gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free pops are not made from any genetically modified ingredients and come in kid-friendly flavors like Very Cherry and Googly Grape. My personal favorite is the cherry sucker, while my daughter prefers the Wet-Face Watermelon pops.
I've seen these suckers at Whole Foods and similar organic grocery stores, but they are cheapest on Amazon. You get 125 in the bucket, ensuring that you won't run out of goodies before the evening is over.
Yummy organic lollipops for kids that are also great for pregnant women. These helped kill my morning sickness during my last pregnancy.
Annie's Organic Vegan Fruit Snacks
I know that I already had an Annie's product listed earlier in this article, but my kids absolutely love these vegan fruit snacks. They're made with real fruit, and flavors like Sunny Citrus and Tropical Treat will transport you to a sunny place with beaches and crystal-clear water.
You get 24 pouches in this pack, so buy two boxes if you get a lot of kids ringing your doorbell each year. These fruit snacks are also great for class parties, birthday goodie bags, and sleepovers.
The Berry Patch fruit snacks are incredible, but all of the flavors are pretty good.
Stretch Island Fruit Leather
I don't like strawberry flavored things. I have never been a strawberry person. My kids, however, love strawberry stuff and beg me to buy this fruit leather from Stretch Island all the time. I like that you get 30 in a pack, because my kids think that it's snacktime all day long up in our house. These last my 3 kids about a week, as opposed to granola bars and other treats that are gone within 48 hours.
Other Healthy Snacks Kids Enjoy Getting on Halloween
Not too fond of any of the nutritious Halloween treat ideas on this page? Well, I guess I can't win everybody over with my unsolicited advice. Here are some other things that you can try:
- Individual packs of almonds or pistachios
- Squeezable applesauce pouches
- Bottles of water
- Organic boxes of fruit juice
- Granola bars
- Organic pastry popups (in other words, organic Pop-Tarts)
Not a fan of handing out food? There are tons of non-food items that you can give trick-or-treaters this year:
- Toothbrushes (Mom and Dad will thank you)
- Glow sticks
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