Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.

There is something about the black and orange, the ghosts, the costumes, and the weather that makes me happy. Most people like Halloween because that is when they are able to acquire buckets of free candy.

I was never a big candy lover, not even as a very little girl. I loved to trick-or-treat, but wasn’t crazy about consuming massive amount of sugar   If you want to avoid a sugar overload for you or your child, it might be a good idea to have some healthier treats on hand.  Here are a few of my favorites. 

   Justin’s Dark and Milk Peanut Butter Cups


When I want a chocolate treat Justin’s Dark and Milk Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite.  Creamy and chocolaty, while avoiding the hydrogenated oils found in most peanut butter candies.  

  Yum Earth


If your kids are looking for a sweet treat, you can’t go wrong with Yum Earth’s organic products.  Their fruity Pops have a large variety of fun flavors, while their gummy bears and gummy worm packs are sure to be a favorite. 

  Utz Pretzels


If you prefer a savory option Utz Pretzels are low-calorie and low-fat and comes in fun shapes like bats and pumpkins. 

  Kathy Kaye Popcorn Balls


Popcorn Balls were my all time favorite treat to get on Halloween.  If you too love popcorn and want 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.  

None of these are totally sugar free, and I would not recommend eating them on a daily basis, but they are healthier sweet options.   

Wondering how you're going to get rid of all the candy your kids bring home? Some of it will be eaten, but you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your kids (or your) stomach.  I find the easiest way to avoid the temptation and extra calories of all that candy is to simply donate it.

There are several charity programs that send candy to soldiers overseas or add it to gift boxes for needy children.  Here are a few that I like who accept donations of unopened candy:

For soldiers try: 

Operation Gratitude

Operation Stars and Stripes

Operation Shoebox

Any Solider

All of these organizations send care packages to troops overseas. Go to their website for shipping information or drop off locations.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Most locations accept donation of unopened candy. 

Don't forget your local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, food pantry, or nursing home.  Many take donations and the best part is that your kids can deliver the candy themselves.   

Halloween is fun and I hope these tips help you to enjoy it without the guilt. Plan ahead, and make donating part of your tradition.