50 Healthy Trick Or Treat Ideas

Halloween is such a fun holiday and definitely one of our favorites.  Our kids love to dress up, go to parties, and definitely trick-or-treat! It seems like it is the beginning of the holiday season and sometimes that means that nutrition goes out the window.   After a fun night of trick-or-treating, my kids come home with HUGE bags of candy!  But more than just the sugar overload, there are a few different reasons to handout something a little healthier to the trick-or treaters that come to your house:

  • Food Allergies.  There are more and more kids that have food allergies.  If you haven’t heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project, it is a really great thing for kids with food allergies.   The purpose is to raise awareness of food allergies and helps to include all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.  If you will be providing non-food treats to trick-or-treaters, then you put a teal colored pumpkin on your porch to let parents and kids with food allergies know they can come to your home to get a safe treat.
  • Dye Sensitivities.  A lot of different candy contains food dyes which many parents are concerned about.   Food dyes can have an effect on some children with hyperactivity, mood swings, and inability to concentrate.
  • Dental Health.  Dentists agree that the worst type of sweets for kids’ teeth are the sticky or gummy type.  The sticky material coats teeth, and cavity causing bacteria have an opportunity to grow and spread.   Dentists recommend to limit sugar intake, consume healthy foods that strengthen teeth, and brush regularly.

If you don’t pass out candy, then what can you do on Halloween?  Non-food items can be really fun and just as much of a ‘treat’ as any type of candy they would get.  These ideas are things that kids really love and will get excited about! 

Non-Food Trick Or Treat Ideas

  1. Wikki Stix
  2. Glow Bracelets/Mini Glow Sticks
  3.  Bendable Character Toys
  4. Silicone Finger Puppets
  5. Bendable Spiders
  6. Mini Squishy Toys
  7. Sticky Hands
  8. Mini Slimes
  9. Sticky Frogs
  10.  Temporary Tattoos
  11.  Mini Stamps
  12.  Punch Balloons
  13.  Mini Slinky
  14. Slap Bracelets
  15.  Novelty Erasers
  16.  Bouncy Balls
  17.  Mini Flashlights
  18.  Character Toothbrushes
  19. Scented Monster Markers
  20. Mini Playdough
  21.  Mini Novelty Erasers
  22.  Mini Fidget Spinners
  23.  Mustache Lip Whistles
  24. LED Finger Lights
  25. Multi Color Pens

What about if you still want to hand out some kind of food item?  There are plenty of options besides candy!  These are some of our favorite portable, healthy and fun foods that would be perfect to hand out to trick-or-treaters!

Healthy Trick Or Treat Food Options

  1. Fruit Leather
  2. Applesauce Pouches
  3. Cuties
  4.  Honey Sticks
  5.  Mini Raisin Boxes
  6.  Mini Popcorn Packs
  7.  Mini Granola Bars
  8.  Freeze Dried Apple Packs
  9.  Trail Mix Individual Packs
  10.  Banana Chips
  11.  Annie’s Whole Wheat Bunnies
  12. Mini LaraBars
  13. String Cheese with ghost faces drawn on
  14. Smart Cracker packs
  15.  Clif Kid Z Bars
  16.  Mini water bottles
  17.  Sugar-free gum (with xylitol)
  18.  Mini baby carrot bags
  19.  Mini fruit cups in natural juices
  20.  Snack size pretzel packs
  21. Mini Craisin Boxes
  22.  Whole fruit (small apples or oranges)
  23. Annie’s Fruit Snacks
  24.  Roasted Chickpea Snack Packs
  25. To-go Sunflower Seed Packs

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written by
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Susannah says:

I love how many more parents are thinking about the health impacts of all the junk food kids collect at Halloween. But we need to see more people thinking about the health impacts of some of the non-food junk associated with Halloween as well!

All the plastic replacements for candy — besides further polluting the environment our kids will have to live in — have been shown to contain phthalates, PVC, and heavy metals, which have wide-ranging impacts on kids’ health. I hope people choose the least plastic, most useful things to put out for non-food options. Novelty pencils might be one of the few!

Natalie Monson says:

I think we definitely all agree we want to do what is best for our kids health and that might look different for everyone. My brother-in-law is a dentist and they hand out toothbrushes to trick-or-treaters and definitely spend extra to do that. Some people can’t afford more than a simple piece of candy. Some people might want to participate in the teal pumpkin project, but can’t afford some of the nicer non-candy options. I hope that each parent reading this can do their best to make Halloween fun and healthy for kids and those in their communities without judgement from other parents and that we can be grateful to live in a society that has the option to treat-or-treat at all!

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