Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Last updated on October 11th, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Want some healthier alternatives to candy to pass out at Halloween?

Once you put your sugar-free but ghoulish thinking cap on, there are lots of healthy alternatives – edible and not – says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietitian and an American Dietetic Association spokesperson and director of wellness coaching at Cleveland Clinic. Look for small accessories such as light-up rings or individual packs of baked chips or pretzels at local discount stores, party supply shops and wholesale clubs. “Have a few choices to satisfy different age groups,” she suggests.

Here are a few more of Jamieson-Petonic’s favorite affordable and healthy alternatives to candy:

  • Packs of sugar-free gum
  • Sugar-free hot chocolate packets
  • Individual packs of roasted pumpkin seeds or trail mix
  • Stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Glo-sticks or slime
  • Small bouncy balls
  • Jump ropes
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Beanbags or hacky sacks

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Editor’s Note:  We are all concerned about childhood nutrition these days, which makes Halloween a particularly “tricky” holiday.  But there’s more than one way to skin a black cat!…as we see from two different perspectives on Halloween treats.  Today’s post looked at candy alternatives, while yesterday’s post  by Mommy Dietitian talked about letting kids have their candy on Halloween (as long as moderation prevails after the holiday). We hope you found some useful ideas to safely satisfy your “ghouls”!


About the Author

Victoria Clayton is a freelance health writer based in Southern California. She is the former “Growing Up Healthy” columnist for Msnbc.com and the coauthor of Fearless Pregnancy: Wisdom and Reassurance from a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom. Victoria‘s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times magazine, Self, Redbook, Prevention and elsewhere. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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  1. Oh I loathe Halloween just because of the terrible candy, this is a great post!

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