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Healthy Halloween Candy Choices

It's that time of year again. The shelves are lined with spooky decorations and sugary treats. If you want to avoid a sugar overload and subsequent crash this Halloween (whether for you or your child), it might be a good idea to opt for some healthier treats. While not sugar free, or a food we recommend eating on a daily basis, these healthier sweets options will please the hordes of trick-or-treaters knocking on your front door.

When trick-or-treaters come around your neighborhood, you could add to their buckets of peanut butter cups and fruit-flavored chewy taffy. Or you could do something a little different. Whether you're supplying treats to a huge host of ghosts and goblins or just a few scary favorites, these healthier Halloween handout ideas can help you give your scary spooks better treats.

Sweet

Naturally colored and flavored, YumEarth's organic products will please kids looking for a sweet treat. Their fruity Pops (available in 30-pop or 100-pop bags) have a large variety of fun flavors, while their Gummy Bears and Worms packs are sure to be a favorite amongst trick-or-treaters. $3.49-7.99

If chocolate is your go-to for Halloween, then Unreal Candy is a great option. With creepy packaging and delicious chocolates, you can feel good eating these Fair Trade, non-GMO candies. $5.49

Justin's Dark and Milk Peanut Butter Cups are a Cooking Light office favorite. Creamy and chocolaty, while avoiding the hydrogenated oils found in most peanut butter candies, these are definitely one of the healthier candy treat options. Their commitment to using sustainably sourced cocoa and palm oil will also make you feel great about buying these. $9.99

Surf Sweets is committed to making natural gummy candies. Flavored with organic sweeteners, and natural juices, their Fruity Bears packs, along with the large options of Worms and Spiders, are a treat you won't feel bad about handing out. $2.50-$5.99

Salty

In fun shapes like bats and pumpkins, Utz pretzels are a savory option that's also low-calorie and low-fat. $4.99

Baked and free of any artificial flavors or colors, Pirate's Booty White Cheddar bags taste just as good as the usually neon-orange puffs you see lining the snack shelves. $6.99

With just the right amount of crunch and zero gluten, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps are something to be enjoyed by everyone who comes knocking. $4.99

A little salty and a lot of sweet, these Kathy Kaye Popcorn Balls are a whole-grain Halloween classic that can satisfy a craving for both. If you're wanting these to hand out at a party, consider using our recipe for a homemade version. 

Garden Veggie Chips' Ghosts and Bats make for a crunchy, gluten-free snack that kids will happily gobble up. $6.99

With a motto of "Always Real," you can feel good choosing Boom Chicka Pop's Sea Salt or Kettle Corn snack bags. Free of gluten and GMOs, they're lightly salty and sweet products that will remind you of movie night treats. $6.29

Non-Food

Sometimes, making healthier choices can mean making more expensive choices. Once you invest in several bags of organic candy, you might end up shocked at the bill. Bulk up your Halloween bucket with non-food options for kids, too. Products like neon vampire teeth, spooky pencils, or creepy bubble bottles will delight trick-or-treaters. $1-3

Mello Smello is a great company if you're looking to find non-food options for any holiday. Their Halloween products include scratch-and-sniff stickers, pencil and sticker packs, and fun temporary tattoos. They're available at most CVS, Kroger, and Walgreens stores.

*Note: All products, with the exception of Mellow Smello, were purchased at Target.