Happy, Healthy Halloween! Treats for Kids

This is the first Halloween in four years that we’ve lived in a neighborhood with kids who may ring our doorbell Halloween evening and ask for a treat. I’m excited to see if we’ll have a dozen kids or 30 dozen, but do I really want to give my neighbor’s children candy full of artificial colors, preservatives and ingredients? No. I don’t want to spend a fortune buying each of them a full-size bar of organic Fair-Trade chocolate either. So what do I give them that both I approve and kids will enjoy?

I’ve racked my mind the last few days and have developed a list of ideas for kid, body, and planet friendly Halloween treats. Not all of them are healthy, not all of them are unique, but they’re all a little better than the conventional.

Kid Friendly Healthy, or At Least Better, Halloween Treats

Local or Organic Apples. I remember a few neighbors gave unique treats to us kids. One in particular gave us an apple. Share a healthy treat by passing out local or organic apples, the fruit of the season!

organic raisinsOrganic boxed raisins. Newman’s Own Raisins are a sealed treat that tastes as sweet as candy! So many kids love raisins, small finger foods they can shake from a kid-sized box. $31.38 for 72, Amazon.com.

Surf Sweets Organic Jelly BeansNatural, Organic, or Fair-Trade Single-Serving Candy from NaturalCandyStore.com. Some candy makers do produce serving-sized natural and organic candy great for Halloween. NaturalCandyStore.com carries single-serving packages of candies such as Surf Sweets Natural Gummy Bears, Sour Worms, and Organic Jelly Beans and Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates organic and Fair-Trade white chocolate scary skulls, along with a slew of other candies and candy mixes—most available in bulk!

Endangered Species organic chocolate bug bitesOrganic Chocolate Bites. Endangered Species brand has a four-bite-sized individually wrapped chocolate bar. Made from organic-certified, shade-grown, ethically traded, certified Kosher, gluten-free chocolate, the company also donates 10% of profits to wildlife conservation. Hint: kids more often prefer milk chocolate! $29.41 for 64 on Amazon.com.

Brothers All Natural Fruit CrispsDried Fruit Crisps. Tightly sealed, individually wrapped, and healthy Brothers All Natural 1/2-cup servings of dried Fuji apple fruit crisps are the perfect commercial snack for trick-or-treaters. Also available in Asian Pear, Banana, Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry, and Strawberry Banana. $27.50 for 24 at HealthySnackFoodStore.com.

Annies Cheddar Bunnies Snack PacksAll Natural Chips and Crackers. Annie’s Homegrown makes a wide selection of better-for-you single-serving snacks. My favorite? Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies Crackers Snack Packs made with organic wheat flour. $4.59 for a box of 6 bags at Annie’s Store at Alice.com.

Other Consideration:

Should you pass out homemade Halloween treats? Whether or not it’s warranted, you wouldn’t trust a stranger to feed your kids razor or pin-free treats, and strangers who don’t know you shouldn’t be expected to either. If you make your own treats you have full control of the quality of ingredients. However, many parents trash treats that aren’t commercially wrapped or with which appear tampered. If you make your own treats expect a number to be thrown away (of course, a lot of commercial candy is thrown away too). One solution is to avoid trashing treats by buying treats for the neighborhood kids and saving homemade treats for the nieces and nephews.

Discussion:

Do you think it’s more important Halloween treats be healthy or organic, if not both?

Do you think it’s okay to pass out homemade treats?

What will you hand out for Halloween this year?

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5 responses to this post.

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  2. I am continually browsing online for ideas that can assist me. Thx!

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  3. I just found a whole slew of better Halloween treats by Green Halloween. Check out the list! http://greenhalloween.org/content.php?page=treats

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  4. Posted by Vivian on October 19, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I like when I see that others realize Halloween can translate to healthy treats instead of sugary ones. It’s not that it sooo bad, but so many children don’t get proper information about dental care and prevention. This year instead of candy or treats I have chosen to give to America’s Toothfairy to help raise awareness of this huge problem! I figure educating a few people is the best thing I can do this year! http://bit.ly/rj2K08

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  5. We get a ton of kids so you could go broke passing out sweet treats (healthy or otherwise). I’ve started buying a small amount of treats and mixing them with fun little toys, Halloween pencils, and costume party jewelry. The kids really like it and since it doesn’t spoil, I can buy it by the gross, let the kids take a handful or two, and save the leftovers for next year. Instead of, say, sitting in front of a movie after the kids go to bed and eating leftover candy. Not that that’s ever happened. 🙂

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