5 Healthier Halloween Trick-or-Treat Options
Halloween is just around the corner (literally) and I wanted to put together my list of top “Healthier for You” trick-or-treat options. No one wants to be the house that gets egged because they gave bad treats (is that even still a thing anymore?), but I do believe it’s important to be a home that provides safe treats for all and that includes those who have food allergies.
There is a movement I’ve heard about in recent years called the Teal Pumpkin Project. Their mission is to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion for all trick-or-treaters. If youare a home that is providing non-food treats for Halloween, you can add your house to a map online. You can also display a teal pumpkin in front of your home to let people know you are allergy friendly. This is the first year I plan on doing this. You can learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project here.
I also put together these “healthier for you” options that you can hand out to trick-or-treaters this year. Here they are:
Yum Earth Candy Corn or Licorice – I discovered Yum Earth products at Expo West earlier this year and I was obsessed. Licorice is one of the things I have truly missed since becoming gluten-free. I’m so happy that Yum Earth is proving a gluten-free option. They make delicious flavors of organic, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan licorice! I like the strawberry the best. You can find them online on Amazon and their website. I have also seen them at specialty grocery stores like the new Lazy Acres in Hermosa Beach. I’ve also seen them at CVS.
Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams and Bunny Snacks – These are not gluten-free, but I did buy a variety pack of them several weeks ago to give away to trick-or-treaters. I think they make a nice, “healthier for you” option that you can pass along to the kiddos. You can find these at most local grocery stores and Target. They are also available on Amazon.
Fruit Bliss Mini Packs – Fruit Bliss is one of my clients at my company, LTM Digital. I am obsessed with their products. They make organic rehydrated dried fruit and fruit and nut bites. Their dried fruit is rehydrated which makes it soft and juicy. They are also free of the top allergens, including sulfites. They have mini packs of their dried fruit and they are perfect for little ones! They come in a variety of Apricots, Plums and Dates. Gluten-free and Vegan. Awesome Toddler loves the apricots. They are available on their website and Amazon. If you’d like to purchase their products at a discount you can use the code HALLOWEEN25 for 25% off their mini packs.
Enjoy Life Foods – I’ve always been a fan of Enjoy Life Foods and their allergy These are a crowd pleaser and really anyone can enjoy. The Halloween Variety Chocolate Minis are certified gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. You can pick them up at Whole Foods or CVS.
Non-Food Items- Why not give your trick or treaters a little surprise?! Instead of candy, little ones will love having toys to play with at the end of their night. I recommend things like stickers, pencils, spider toys, and crayons. I’ve also seen people give out little jars of play doh and cards.
I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!
What about you? What do you give out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween? Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Post a comment and let me know!