What are healthy alternatives to Halloween candy?

Molly Morgan
Nutrition & Dietetics
When it comes to planning a halloween party think of working in fruits, vegetables and whole grains with things like: 'ghost' bananas, clementine 'pumpkins', 'mummy' pizzas... check out these tips and more on my recent television segement: http://creativenutritionsolutions.com/news.aspx?zone=News Blog&nID=454
Healthy alternatives to Halloween candy may help prevent dental issues, weight concerns and overall unhealthy habits for kids. Think of using treats that taste good but are healthy, like dried fruits or sugar-free cookies. Be creative and fun, and kids will enjoy it.
Lisa Lillien
Nutrition & Dietetics

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Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
There are several alternatives to passing out candy on Halloween. Here are some suggestions that will make your neighbors both admire you and think twice about what they hand out next year:
  • Mini Toothbrushes
  • Halloween Stickers
  • Rubber Balls
  • Party Favors
  • Colored Pencils
  • Raisins Packets
  • Key Chains
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, research shows that children often prefer toys to candy on Halloween.  Consider non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos, puzzles as alternatives to candy.  If you are looking for healthy food choices--try small packets of pretzels, dried fruit, trail mix, popcorn, or even fresh fruit such as small persimmons, apples, pears.  Happy Halloween!
During Halloween, ghosts and goblins will be knocking at your door. When choosing treats, bypass the candy aisle in favor of healthier ideas like:
  • Trail mix
  • Nuts
  • Granola or cereal bars
  • Raisins
  • Dried fruit
  • Yogurt-covered raisins
  • Sugar-free gum, which can help promote cleaner teeth after indulging in sweets.
Or go the non-food route. Kids love stickers, toys, party favors and other fun trinkets that can be found in bulk at your local party store.

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