“Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet, Give Me Something Good to Eat!” is the anthem sung by children everywhere on Halloween. We’re not advocating the smelling of feet because, eww yuck. But, giving them something good to eat? Let’s get on that already! Children have been asking for years, so why don’t we listen?
This year, fill the jack-o-lantern pails with a treat that’s good for them and that they’ll actually enjoy eating. Yeah, we think kids should have more fruits and vegetables too. But, if you put an orange in those tubs, it’s not likely to make it to their bellies.
We scoped out some of the healthier treats available this year in cute Halloween packaging so you can feel good about giving them something less scary this year!
What’s In It: Four things – popcorn, corn oil, sugar, sea salt. That’s it!
The Numbers: The individual half-ounce bags have 70 calories and 4 grams of sugar.
Comparison: 1 roll of Smarties has 6 grams of sugar.
Where Is It: We found them at Target in a 24-pack for $7.99
Getting Unjunked is this candy company’s motto! Their healthier versions of the most popular candies, like M&Ms and Reese’s, use only natural ingredients and have no corn syrup, preservatives, GMOs, or artificial colors.
What’s In It: Nothing too weird. The Chocolate Candy Shell Peanuts has milk chocolate, blue agave, cane sugar, and things like beetroot and purple cabbage for dye.
The Numbers: A 42-gram serving of the peanut “M&M’s” has 200 calories and 16 grams of sugar. These have twice the fiber as the standard, too!
Comparison: Real Peanut M&Ms for the same serving have 213 calories and 21.3 grams of sugar.
Where Is It: Search their site, but we’ve seen them at Walgreens, health food stores, Kroger, and CVS.
It’s like a Rice Krispy Treat you can actually feel good about giving them! With all organic ingredients and some pretty yummy flavors, you might want to steal a couple for yourself.
What’s In It: All organic ingredients that you can recognize, like brown rice, toasted oats, cocoa, and cane sugar.
The Numbers: One Cookies & Scream bar has 9 grams of sugar and 100 calories.
Comparison: A 100 Grand bar has 21 grams of sugar.
Where Is It: We found these at Target, but Clif should be easy to find in major retailers.
These are almost too cute to eat. Almost. The Halloween Bunny Grahams come in a festive package with honey and chocolate flavors. Some organic ingredients are blended with natural ingredients for a much more wholesome snack.
What’s In It: Organic wheat flour and no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. A tiny bag has 50 calories and 3 grams of sugar.
Comparison: 5 packs of SweeTarts have 12 grams of sugar.
Where Is It: Any major retailer should have these in the 36-count box.
A few more healthier snack ideas for school parties or trick-or-treaters are:
- Snyder’s of Hanover Halloween-themed pretzels
- Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish Halloween-themed crackers
- Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops
- Eyeball or Pumpkin sugar-free gum balls or sticks of sugarless gum
- Homemade Microwave Popcorn with “Hand-O-Lantern” treat bags
- Boxes of raisins
- Glow sticks
- Magic tricks
- Tiny Play-Dohs
- Spider Rings