By Blank Children's Hospital on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Consider these healthier Halloween treats instead of candy

Chocolate bars and candy corn are popular Halloween treats. But this year, consider offering the ghouls and goblins (and superheroes and princesses) that arrive at your door a healthier alternative instead.

Trick or treat

Healthy treats can still be tasty and fun! Here are some ideas:

  • 5-A-Day Fruit & Veggie Bands — here's how to make your own!
  • 100% fruit leather
  • Individual sized bags of plain popcorn
  • Small bags of whole grain crackers or pretzels
  • Small bottles of water
  • Clementines or apples
  • Small bottles of bubbles
  • Small packages of crayons
  • Silly straws
  • Small tubs of Play-Doh or slime
  • Plastic jewelry (rings, beads)
  • Glow sticks
  • Super balls
  • Individual boxes of raisins (Not yogurt or chocolate covered)
  • Small toys or craft kits
  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Temporary tattoos

Halloween treats are not just handed out at homes. The holiday is often celebrated by businesses and schools all month long.

Think about what service your business offers and try to choose an item that is unique to your business.  For example, a dentist's office might hand out toothbrushes. 

In the classroom setting, avoid sugary snacks including cookies, Rice Krispie treats, snack cakes, fruit snacks, juice-flavored drinks, soda or sports drinks.