Halloween: How to Please the Goblins without the Sugar-Overload

HalloweenWith Halloween just around the corner, are you already snacking on more sugar than you do at other times of the year?

When you go to the grocery store, you can’t help but see all the candy.


It’s everywhere right now.

My youngest asks why we have not bought any Halloween candy yet. I tell her there’s no need to keep it in the house until right before October 31st, otherwise mommy and daddy would eat it all.

She didn’t like my answer.

Are you one of those people who buys their least favorite candy so there’s less temptation to eat it?

Or do you buy several bags of your favorite – some to eat and some to share?

I’m not sure what we’ll buy this year. I have a soft spot for candy corn.

Halloween Candy Corns isolated on white background

Yes, I like eating them one color at a time. But to be honest, I have not had candy corn in a long time. Too addictive for me to only eat a few. Plus it turns out I’m really sensitive to the food dyes in them. (they give me a headache.) So I’m better off not having any.

If you haven’t already bought your Halloween candy yet and you’re wanting to offer some non-candy options for your trick-or-treaters, here are some ideas.

Non-Edible Halloween Treats

  • Glowsticks
  • Small coloring books
  • Play-doh
  • Bouncy balls
  • Noisemakers
  • Spider rings
  • Halloween-themed toothbrushes
  • Stickers
  • Halloween-themed pencils
  • Markers
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Skeleton-decorated drinking straws

Healthier Edible Halloween Treats

  • Chocolate chip granola bars
  • Apple sauce squeeze pouches
  • Pretzels
  • Corn chips
  • Honest Kids juice boxes
  • Boxes of raisins
  • Small Lara bars
  • Apples
  • Clementines
  • Bottles of water decorated with Halloween stickers
  • Cheese sticks

Two young children dressed up in costumes are waiting at a house for candy while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.

I know what you’re thinking…

“I don’t want my house toilet-papered so I’d never give out non-candy treats.”

But what if you were to offer them a choice – candy or a healthier option?

You could even offer both. See what they do. I think you’d be surprised.

What about you?

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?




-Caitlin Russell MS RDN LD CLT

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