Healthy Alternatives for Trick or Treaters


It’s that time of year again. Kids can’t wait to get their hands on unlimited amounts of candy, while parents are cringing at the thought of cavities and sugar crashes. Although no one wants to be the house that gives out toothbrushes instead of candy, there are other healthy alternatives to candy that you can hand out to trick or treaters this year.

Individual Popcorn Packets

With various flavors available, popcorn packets are a great treat. Because so many sweet treats are handed out on Halloween, popcorn is a nice change for kids. Plus, many brands offer 100-calorie packets, which is great for a very high-calorie night.

Granola Bars

Not only are granola bars tasty, many types of bars actually offer nutritional value, which parents will thank you for. Select flavors like chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate chip so kids will still feel like they’re getting something sweet.

Juice Boxes

Another healthy, and affordable, option for trick or treaters is juice boxes. It will likely come as a relief for thirsty kids also. Be sure to look at the sugar content before purchasing your juice boxes as some contain large amounts of sugar.

Sugar-Free Gum

Kids love chewing gum. Sugar-free gum can be a nice respite from all the candy kids get on Halloween night. Buying gum in bulk can also cut down on the cost per pack.


Non-Food Items

Fun non-food items that kids can collect are always a good treat. Items like small rubber balls, waxed lips, stickers and bubbles are a good option. These treats can typically be found at dollar stores and stores that sell party supplies.


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