Tons of Healthier Halloween Options for Trick or Treating this year to make your house one of the healthier stops in the neighborhood!
My childhood memories of Halloween revolve around dressing up as a bumblebee one year and Barney the next, trick or treating with my mom and brother, and hoarding/scarfing down as much candy as humanly possible. Then when I became too old to trick or treat, I parked my butt down to hand out candy while, again, eating handfuls of Whoppers, Milky Ways, and Reese’s. Oh, and Twizzlers! How could I forget about them? For most of my life, Halloween was a vicious cycle of eating way too much candy and then royally paying for it with a stomach ache, acid reflux, and nausea.
Lucky for me, I no longer experience these symptoms on October 31st. I suppose I have my restrictive diet to thank for that. I mean, really, there are only so many forms of candy that a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, almond-free, etc. that a person can eat. But I also have the sense to recognize what does and does not make my body feel good, and at what level I will “cross the line” if I consume too much of x, y, and z.
With this Halloween being the first in our new house together, it will mark the first time that Jeremy and I will buy and hand out treats to all of the neighborhood trick or treaters. And while a part of me wanted to go the “easy” route and stock up on mini candy bars, fruity candies, and licorice, I felt like that would be somewhat hypocritical since the majority of the mainstream items out there are not foods I would choose for myself or those I love <– I should preface this by saying that in moderation I am a-okay with this. But Halloween and trick or treating are not about moderation. I also have extreme feels for children out there with food allergies or sensitivities who cannot enjoy or find it difficult to partake in a “normal” childhood event like trick or treating. So instead, I have decided on buying a mixture of food and non-food items that are “healthier” and made with more wholesome ingredients.
In the hopes of helping others in search of a healthier Halloween, I have compiled my research into this post. I’d love to hear what healthier trick or treating ideas you have come up with in the comments below!
Healthier Halloween Options for Trick or Treating
Food Options: (FYI all of the food items below are gluten-free)
1. Stretch Island fruit leather <– these are even cheaper at Costco!
2. Apples or bananas
3. Cuties mandarin oranges
5. free2B dark chocolate Sun Cups
7. Mini Larabar snack bars
9. Mini bags of Jackson’s Honest sweet potato chips
1. Halloween-themed foam stickers
2. Halloween-themed pencils
3. Natural and organic Tree Dough (play dough)
4. Mini Halloween coloring books
5. Halloween spider rings
P.S. One major positive of buying non-food items is that you can reuse the “leftovers” for years to come. Handing out year old candy wouldn’t be right, but nobody will ever know if your Halloween pencils have been around for two or three years!Tons of Healthier #Halloween Options for Trick or Treating! #healthy Click To Tweet
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