If the amount of sugar consumed on Halloween has you spooked, you’re not alone. According to survey data, the average trick-or-treater consumes 3 cups of sugar… 576 grams more than the recommended daily amount of 6 teaspoons for children. While this statistic is alarming, the amount of sugar you consume doesn’t have to be so scary! By opting for candy-free Halloween treats, you can enjoy the holiday without the sugar overload. From trending crunchy snacks like pretzels and popcorn to sweet (but nutritious) treats like fruit snacks and PB cups, there are so many better-for-you candy alternatives that will help you enjoy the holiday in a healthy way.
Perfect for kids and adults alike, join us in celebrating a not-so-scary spooky season.
A Lower Sugar Celebration: Creating a Healthy Halloween Basket for Kids
Whether you have kids or not, asking little ones to celebrate the Halloween holiday in a candy-free way might sound like an impossible feat. But it’s not as scary as you think! With a few simple tricks and lots of healthy Halloween swaps, there are so many yummy ways to skip the sugar and indulge without candy. Approved by kids (and adults), here are some healthy candy-free Halloween basket ideas:
- Whole fruits, such as apples, cuties, or clementines
- Snack-sized packs of gluten-free popcorn
- Mini-sized boxes of raisins
- 100-calorie (whole food) snack packs
- Mini-sized granola bars
- Unsweetened applesauce or fruit and veggie pouches
- Mini-sized trail mix or nut packs
- Raw honey sticks or squares
- Nut butter packs
- Fruit leathers or whole food fruit snacks
The Healthiest Candy-Free Halloween Treats You Need This Season
Banana Joe BBQ Banana Chips
Lower in sugar and full of prebiotic fibers, these thin and crispy banana chips are the perfect candy alternative for savory snackers. Plus, they’re made with added probiotics for gut health support! Just 150 calories and one gram of added sugar.
Spudsy Hot Sweet Potato Fries
Step aside, processed sweet potato fries. These healthy “hot fries” are grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, and free from hydrogenated fats and high fructose corn syrup. Not only are they deliciously addictive, but they’re also sustainably sourced with upcycled sweet potatoes!
The New Primal Chicken & Maple Mini Meat Sticks
A better alternative to beef jerky, these convenient and flavorful mini meat sticks are perfect for kids and adults! Rather than snack on sugar sticks, grab this high-protein savory snack. Sneak them into your healthier Halloween candy basket for everyone to enjoy!
Simple Mills Pop Mmms
These baked cheese snacks are full of fiber from red beans and made with ½ cup of veggies per serving from seasonal butternut squash. The best part? They’re perfect for snacking. A single 120-calorie serving includes 50 crackers and just 1 gram of sugar.
Lesser Evil Cheddar Space Balls
Cheese balls, made healthy. Gluten-free, vegan, and less than one gram of sugar per serving. Made with vegan cheddar seasoning and omega-rich avocado oil for all your healthy Halloween snacking needs.
Lesser Evil Halloween Himalayan Pink Popcorn
Made with three simple ingredients: organic popcorn, extra virgin coconut oil, and a dash of salt.
No fillers, no added sugar, no sneaky ingredients! Gluten-free and deliciously yummy, grab these Halloween-themed healthy snacks while you can! With just 50 calories and 0 grams of sugar per bag, these Lesser Evil snack pouches are the perfect trick-or-treat snack.
NatureNates Raw Honey Minis
Looking to satisfy your Halloween sweet tooth? Opt for a treat that comes straight from Mother Nature herself — raw honey. While still sugar, raw honey is jam-packed with good-for-you nutrients (like enzymes, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties) that enhance immunity, lower blood sugar, support weight loss, and boost energy. Pretty much the opposite effects of processed Halloween candy! Made with just one ingredient (raw honey), serve these Raw Honey Minis as a sweet and nutritious alternative to sugary candy this Halloween holiday!
Perfect Snacks Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bars
Tastes like a candy bar, passes as a (kid and adult-approved) protein bar! When you’re craving chocolate-covered PB, skip the candy aisle and head to the fridge. That’s right — no processed, shelf-stable ingredients! Instead, enjoy a whole foods bar that’s made with 5 grams of protein, more than 20 superfoods (including alfalfa, kale, and rosehip), and only 150 calories. With these perfectly portioned Perfect Bars, go ahead and snack away in a guilt-free way.
Choose from Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter, or Peanut Butter flavors. Plus, Perfect Bar recently released their newest product: Perfect Bar Layers! Think: layers of crispy peanut butter and cashew with berry or chocolate layers. Yum.
Perfect Snacks PB Cups
If Chocolate PB cups are more your thing (and you’re not already making your own), give these Perfect Bar PB cups a try. Infused with superfoods and made with a blend of creamy nut butter and honey, enjoy as a healthier alternative to Reeses and processed candy.
Barnana Coconut Banana Fruit Snacks
Why settle for processed gummies when you could indulge in fruit snacks made with zero added sugar and real, whole food ingredients? These mouth-watering Barnana Fruit Snacks are made with just banana and coconut — it’s as simple as that! Think: a chewy version of banana bread with a coconut twist. Enjoy straight out of the bag or customize at home with a DIY chocolate drizzle. P.S. if you offer candy, grab the snack-size packets for healthy Halloween handouts!
MadeGood, Bar Granola Chocolate Chip Mini
Think: a chocolate chip rice crispy treat, but made with oats and crispy brown rice instead of refined ingredients! And not only are these MadeGood minis nut-free and organic, but they’re also free from spooky ingredients. A better-for-you granola bar that’s just 50 calories, made with 4 grams of sugar and serves as the perfect candy alternative.
That’s It Probiotic Fruit Bars
Say goodbye to roll-ups (and even healthy fruit leathers) and say hello to this healthy candy-free Halloween alternative: probiotic fruit bars! Made with just real fruit and gut-healthy probiotics, have your fruit and eat it too! While this yummy on-the-go option tastes as sweet as candy, it’s free from added sugar and full of fiber, antioxidants, and probiotics.
Looking to load up your healthy Halloween basket? Fill it full of other That’s It candy-free options like kid-approved Crunchables Apples Fruit Snacks or Apple + Pumpkin Seeds Plant-Based Protein Pouches.
Solely Mango Cacao Fruit Jerky
Speaking of fruit snacks, we’re giving you another healthy store-bought option — this time, with a chocolatey twist. This mango fruit jerky is made with just two ingredients: whole organic mango and 100% cacao drizzle — no preservatives, purees, or concentrates. It’s hard to believe you’re eating healthy when healthy tastes this good! Available in single-serve pouches, support a healthy Halloween, and hand these out as a scary-good treat!
And if you’re more of a gummy lover, their new Organic Fruit Gummies made just real fruit and Vitamin C are the perfect snacking alternative to Halloween gummies full of sugar.
GoGo Squeez Halloween Variety Pack Applesauce Pouch
The perfect sweet and spooky after-school snack or trick-or-treat pick that’s portable and practical. These limited-edition fruit pouches come in 3 delicious flavor varieties (Apple Apple, Apple Strawberry, and Apple Banana) — and contain nothing other than pure fruit goodness. Free from dairy, nuts, gluten, and added sugar, feel good knowing your little ones are loading up on all the good stuff.
Simple Mills Sweet Thins Cookies
Skip the sugary chocolate bars and satisfy your craving with this nutritious and delicious Simple Mills alternative. These paleo-friendly nut and seed cookies (made with watermelon, cashew, sunflower, and flax) have the rich taste of a chocolate brownie and the satisfying texture of a crunchy cookie. Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and made with 10 other whole food ingredients, load up on good-for-you nutrients like plant protein and healthy fats as you crunch away.
Navitas Organics Superfood Power Snacks
Snack on superfood energy that tastes like a treat. Made with ingredients like antioxidant-rich cacao, protein-packed pumpkin seeds, and a blend of superfoods like maca powder, goji berries, chia seeds, and lucuma for a nutritious snack that feels like a dessert. Why settle for sugary candy when you could nourish your body with superfood snacks? Trust us, you + your kiddos will be battling over who gets the last bite.
Looking for a healthy indulgence? These Larabar Minis are made with six simple ingredients (cashews, dates, chocolate chips, apples, sea salt, and vanilla extract) and taste like a combo of raw cookie dough and candy. Sweetened naturally with fruit, free from added sugar, fillers, and artificial ingredients, and filled with healthy fats, plant-based protein, and fiber. With just 100 calories per serving, they’re perfectly portioned to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Choose from a variety of flavors like cookie dough, cherry chocolate, or peanut butter chocolate chip.
Dark Chocolate Mush Overnight Oats
If you have access to a fridge, you’ll want to load up on these single-serve Dark Chocolate MUSH Overnight Oats. Reminiscent of raw brownie batter, it’s hard to believe they’re healthy. But the ingredients don’t lie! And there are only five of them — rolled oats, cocoa powder, almond milk, dates, and sea salt. Enjoy as a healthy Halloween breakfast, snack, or dessert — without the added sugar, dairy, and sneaky filler ingredients.
Harmless Harvest Organic Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
A healthy chocolate smoothie that tastes like a milkshake — yet it’s dairy-free, vegan, and made with just three whole food ingredients: coconut water, coconut meat, and unsweetened cacao. Sip in heavenly satisfaction as you enjoy a candy-free Halloween! It’s made with zero added sugar, less than 150 calories, and is full of good-for-you nutrients like potassium and fiber.
Perfect Balance Raw Trail Mix Snack Packs
The perfect balance of salty, sweet, and healthy. Enjoy these Raw Trail Mix snack packs as a candy-free Halloween basket filler or a healthy on-the-go holiday snack. With naturally-sweet superfoods like goji berries, mulberries, and raisins, and protein-packed savory nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, almonds, and cashews, snack with 100% satisfaction and 0% guilt.
Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers
Why complicate things? Keep Halloween snacking simple with Simple Mills. A grain-free chip alternative (made with ingredients like cassava, almonds, sunflowers, and flax) that’s nutrient-dense and perfectly portioned into mini snack packs.
Emmy Organics Coconut Cookie Bites
These better-for-you cookies will satisfy your sweet cravings without the refined sugar and processed additives found in most traditional store-bought Halloween cookies. Available in the original Coconut Macaroons (with various flavors), or the new Chocolate Covered bites!
Siete Foods Churro Strips (Snack Size)
These single-serve churro snacks are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Full of cinnamon sugar flavor, but made with healthy ingredients like cassava flour, avocado oil, and coconut sugar. Each pack is only 130 calories with just 5 grams of sugar.
Simple Mills Sandwich Cookies
Another Simple Mills sweet snack worth munching on are these nut butter-stuffed sandwich cookies. If you love Oreo’s, think of these as your childhood favorite cookie reimagined. Choose between two flavors: Cocoa Cashew Creme or Creamy Peanut Butter. They’re gluten-free, vegan, and naturally-sweetened with coconut sugar!
No Tricks — Just Healthier Halloween Snacks That Are Shockingly Delicious
As you can see, enjoying a healthy, candy-free Halloween is easier than you think! There are so many indulgent store-bought options that are equally nutritious and delicious. No matter if you’re looking for sweet or savory, candy or crackers, protein-packed or dairy-free, there’s something for everyone. Snack on these treats yourself, share them with your kiddos, or fill up your Halloween doorstep basket for the whole neighborhood to enjoy! Even though your goodies are “candy-less,” we’re willing to bet you’ll be the go-to house on the block.