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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up in costumes, all of the spooky decorations, and of course Halloween treats!
However, as a health-conscious mom, I am not a fan of all of the processed sugary candy that goes along with Halloween.
In order to keep the tradition of trick or treating alive for my family, I have found 19 healthy Halloween treats and goodies to hand out to trick or treaters!
You and your family can enjoy Halloween too without the processed candy.
What’s Really In Your Candy?
Most traditional candies, such as M&Ms and Skittles, contain artificial food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, and other harmful ingredients.
One of the most popular Halloween treats, candy corn, is one of the least healthy available.
Candy Corn is made up of 12 ingredients including 4 different types of sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, 4 food dyes, and gelatin.
The safety of food dyes is constantly being studied. Yellow 6 has been shown to cause tumors in animals. Red 3 has been linked to cancer in multiple studies.
Both of these are found in candy corn!
Additionally Yellow 5 which is also in candy corn has been possibly linked to ADHD in children! In Europe, foods with Yellow 5 must contain a warning about the potential behavioral problems (Healthline.com).
If the artificial flavors aren’t bad enough, take a look at the other ingredients.
Gelatin is made from crushed up animal bones and body parts including horse hooves.
Also, the waxy coating on candy corn is made from bugs (lac-resin). Yuck!
So you may be thinking to yourself, ok I’ll just stay away from candy corn and I’ll be ok.
Unfortunately, most conventional candies found in the US including M&Ms, Skittles, Snickers, and Sweet tarts are also loaded with food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors.
Healthy Halloween Treats
If I made you panic, don’t worry. You don’t have to give up on Halloween!
If you want to still have fun trick or treating and celebrate Halloween, try these healthy Halloween treats and goodies instead!
These do not contain any artificial flavoring, food dyes, or high fructose corn syrup.
As always, I strive to find a balance between having fun and staying healthy. I have compiled a list of healthy Halloween treats that allow your child to have fun celebrating Halloween without all of the artificial ingredients.
Try these 19 ideas to keep trick or treating fun for health-conscious families!
If you are a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, this the candy for you! Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups are the organic dark chocolate version of Reeses and significantly better!
Yum Earth Fruit Snacks are made from real fruit and do not contain any artificial dyes or flavoring. They are delicious and contain 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C!
Everyone loves lollipops, so these are sure to be a fan favorite! Lovely Organic Lollipops are also organic and free of food dyes and artificial flavoring.
Surf Sweets organic candies are a healthier alternative to sweet tarts or similar candies. Surf Sweets is a great company to keep in mind for all special occasions including Easter and Christmas! They make different festive candies for every holiday!
The Enjoy Life chocolate variety pack is perfect for those of you who love crunch bars or chocolate bars. This pack contains healthier and organic versions of crunch bars, milk chocolate bars, and dark chocolate bars.
For all of you Almond Joy or Mound lovers, this is the candy for you! These are made from only 3 ingredients, but are a delicious alternative to the more processed candies. Unreal makes other amazing flavors too!
If you love Gummy Bears, this is the perfect healthier alternative for you. The Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears are made from organic sugar and do not contain any artificial food dyes. They are made from real fruit juice.
Skinny Me is a newer brand that makes chocolate without any sugar. They use sugar alcohols in their chocolates so they are perfect for diabetics who want a treat, but cannot have sugar.
If you are looking for a variety of candy, the Black Forest Trick or Treat Mix is perfect. It contains gummies, lollipops, and fruit chews which are similar to Starbursts. This is a most have pack for fans of fruity candy.
You may already be familiar with Annie’s from their wide variety of snacks, mac n cheese, and crackers. However, you may not have known they also make fun Halloween bunny grahams as well. Our little one is obsessed with these fun treats.
Although these candy options are healthier than traditional candy, they are still candy. What I mean by this is that they all still contain sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation.
Regardless of what type of sugar or treats you eat, there is always a limit to how much you can consume. Children should aim to consume less than 30grams of sugar per day from all sources including fresh fruit and food.
If you want to skip the sugar altogether this Halloween, try some of these non-food options for trick or treating!
Non-Food Trick-or-Treating Goodies
These Halloween-themed coloring books are fun activities for kids of all ages. This set comes with 24 books so you will be able to hand them out all night.
Another option is to buy all of these Halloween goodies in bulk. This set includes pencils, stickers, erasers and more. This is a cost-effective way to hand out a large variety of goodies.
Halloween is a fun time of year to let your kids indulge in a special treat. However, use this list to let them indulge in a healthier way.
Not all candy is created equally, so start
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