“Hey, go to that house, they’re handing out KING SIZED bars!!!”
“Pssst. Avoid the house on the corner, they’re giving out raisins. Ewwww!”
I am now proud to say, that as a homeowner and “grown-up”, I’m the one at that dreaded house who’s handing out candy…. alternatives, shall we say? I just can’t reconcile what I do for a living, and the kind of food I believe in, with handing over my hard-earned dollars for junky candy each Halloween. I refuse to add to the childhood obesity problems and skyrocketing diabetes in this country. Call me a scrooge.
But you know what? Last year we were the hit of the block! I purchased tiny stuffed animals from Oriental Trading Company and gave them out in lieu of candy. Those little faces LIT UP when they saw, after houses and houses of the same old candy, that they were getting something new and interesting - a toy!
This year, we’re handing out tiny vials of bubbles that I purchased from Target. (Cheaper than the stuffed animals, and so much fun!) This got me thinking… what else can we do to reduce the amount of bad-for-you candy floating around each Halloween? How can we make Halloween fun and delight our kids, without making it all about sugar? Here are some ideas I came up with.
(Yes, not all of these are as budget-friendly as cheap candy purchased in bulk, but I’m looking at all you king-sized bar houses when I say that a few extra dollars for the health of our kids is worth it!)
Instead of handing out candy, try...
Small toys (stuffed animals, sticky hands, Play Doh, etc. - preferably individually sealed for safety)
Plastic spider rings
Juice boxes (organic, please!)
If you must do candy: Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks, Surf Sweets, or YumEarth Lollipops (available at Whole Foods and Amazon)
What ideas can you come up with? Please share in the comments below!
A Halloween post wouldn’t be complete without a few suggestions for Halloween party snacks and treats, so scroll down for some deceptively healthy snacks, below!
Coconut Oil Fudge
Recipe from The Coconut Mama
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- raw honey (or maple syrup)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Optional: 2 Drops peppermint essential oil (food grade!)
Measure 1/4 cup of coconut oil and scoop it out into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat until just melted, then cool slightly.
Mix the coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt together. Mix well and slowly add honey or sweetener of choice. Taste as you go to make sure you don’t over sweeten your fudge. Mix in 2 drops of peppermint essential oil if using.
Pour fudge into a 9×5 inch pan (this is a bread pan). Spread fudge evenly cover the pan with a lid or plastic wrap.
Refrigerate until fudge is set and hard, about 4 hours. Cut fudge into small squares and serve.
Recipe from Elena’s Pantry.
- ⅓ - ½ cup Vanilla Almond Butter, chilled for 24 hours (or almond butter mixed with a bit of vanilla extract!)
- 1 tablespoon golden flaxmeal
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Stir flaxseed meal into Vanilla Almond Butter.
Melt chocolate in a small pan over very low heat.
Using a small paint brush, coat the bottom and sides of a nut butter cup mold, mini-muffin liners, or full-sized muffin liners. (just depends what size you want your finished product to be!)
Place mold in freezer for 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
Use a mini ice cream scoop to place a scant teaspoon of vanilla almond butter into each cup.
Paint chocolate over nut butter.
Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
Turn mold upside down and pop nut butter cups out of mold.
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Jack O Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Wash and dry desired number of bell peppers. With a sharp paring knife, carefully cut around the stem and gently lift out the seeds and ribs. With a steady hand, cut a jack-o-lantern face on one side of the pepper. Proceed with any stuffed pepper recipe that you like.
Have a safe and healthy Halloween!