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Five Healthy Halloween Ideas – Alternatives to Candy!

When I was a kid, I loved getting tons of candy on Halloween. Now that I’m a Mom – I despise it. It’s so hard to tell a 2 year old that she doesn’t need to eat all that junk that she’s worked so hard to collect. 

I know, I know. Maybe I shouldn’t let her collect it, huh? But I’m going to. It’s a past time that I enjoyed in my childhood and I’m going to let her enjoy.

But – I’m going to jump on the Healthy Halloween wagon this year and I encourage you to do it also! Stuck with no healthy ideas that are alternatives to the cheap candy found in the stores? Here’s a list to help get your creative juices flowing!

  1. Play Doh!  I’m sure you’ve all seen those small, treat size canisters of Play Doh.  I gave these out a couple of years ago and they were a true hit!
  2. Fun, decorative Mandarin Oranges.  Super simple – it’s orange and with a fun Jack-o-Lantern style face, they’ll fit right in with the Holiday! {pictured above}
  3. Do the same thing straight onto Clementines – you’ll be surprised at how much more kids will love the fruit just because it has the silly face drawn on!
  4. Stuffed Animals – Yep.  My parents have a neighbor who lets children pick stuffed animals that she’s collected – they’re all washed and are in great shape and you would be surprised at how many kids think this is the coolest hand-out ever!
  5. Healthy pre-packaged snacks, like Pop Snax and Organic Letter of the Day Cookies from Earth’s Best.  These popular toddler – older kid snacks now come in an individual package and are the perfect size for handing out healthy Halloween treats instead of candy!

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Tuesday 30th of October 2012

great ideas! I like the ideas for drawing the faces directly on to the clementines :)


Tuesday 30th of October 2012

I love Earth's Best :0) My daughter has food allergies so for Halloween when she receives something other than candy or food, her face just lights up :0) Thank you for sharing!


Tuesday 30th of October 2012

We've also done Halloween pretzels and stickers/tattoos for younger kids who like that option. Nice list!


Tuesday 30th of October 2012

Great post! I wrote a post with some healthy Halloween tips, and I wondered how kids would actually react to getting play-doh or some other non-candy treats. I've love for more families to do this, though.

If you're interested in reading my post, you can read it here: Healthy Halloween Tips