Halloween Candy Alternatives

With childhood obesity increasing at alarming rates, consider healthy alternatives when trick-or-treaters ring your doorbell. Make Halloween a healthier and more inclusive holiday for children and adolescents with diabetes and other health-related dietary restrictions by offering nutritious, tasty foods and a variety of fun, non-candy alternatives to promote health or get children up and moving to use the extra calories they consume.

Healthy Halloween Treats

  • Cereal or Granola bars (check sugar content first)
  • Pre-packaged snack packs of: raisins, cranberries, apricots, baked pretzels, gold fish crackers, peanuts*, unsalted almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, trail mix
  • Packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut* butter filling
  • 100 calorie packs of various products
  • Beef or turkey jerky
  • Fig cookies
  • Sugar-free gum or hard candy
  • Gummy candies made with real juice
  • Individual juice drinks (100% juice)
  • Single serve sugar free Jello with fruit
  • Single serve applesauce
  • Single serve packets of low-fat microwave popcorn

*Be aware that some children have peanut allergies so have a non-peanut alternative available.

Non-food Halloween Alternative Treats

 Children will also enjoy non-food treats but make sure they are age appropriate.

  • Glow sticks
  • Pencils
  • Pencil toppers and fancy erasers
  • Markers or glitter pens
  • Stickers, including reflective safety stickers
  • Rub-on or stick-on temporary tattoos
  • Slime
  • Playdoh
  • Crayons
  • Coloring tablets
  • Children's magazines or comic books
  • Bottles of bubbles
  • Coins (pennies, nickels, dimes)
  • Whistles
  • Toothbrushes


Alternative Halloween Treats to Promote Activity

 Encourage kids to be more physically active by giving small, inexpensive toys to get them up and moving.

  • A bouncy ball
  • A jump rope
  • Sidewalk chalk for drawing a hopscotch or foursquare game
  • A beanbag for hacky sack
  • A plastic or foam flier


— Dawn Swidorski, Public Outreach Director, Defeat Diabetes Foundation  www.DefeatDiabetes.org

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