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I may look forward to Halloween as much as my kiddos do. This year will be my youngest’s first Halloween to trick-or-treat and I can’t wait to see her toddle up to the neighbor’s front doors and say, “Please” and “Thank you” and hold out her little bucket. I can’t wait to come home and dump all of the candy out on the living room floor and sort each piece by their categories. And as we’re sorting and inspecting my momma bear eyes can’t help but read the back of each package to see what the ingredients I’m about to let my kiddos to ingest are.
Now, you may be reading this and thinking, “Oh, what’s the big deal? A few pieces are harmless.” I once thought that as well. I was the mommy that wanted to let my kids live a little and experience all of the commercialized holidays and everything that came with it. And then my twins got older and started having issues. Migraines, tummy aches, and eczema are just a few of the side effects the twins started experiencing. When I became pregnant with my youngest I was older, too, and much more aware of what I was consuming as well.
I enjoy reading and would start reading everything. Boy have times sure changed! When I expected to read ingredients like milk chocolate, sugar, and peanut butter I was thrown for a loop as my eyes would scrunch up trying to pronounce words like tert – butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) and polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR). TBHQ has been linked to the rise of food allergies and PGPR is fairly new on the scene. It’s a slimy, yellow, fatty substance used to stretch cocoa by making it go further.
Made with organic wheat flour, Annie’s bunny grahams are non-GMO verified and don’t have any artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives. and no high fructose corn syrup.
USDA certified organic made with real fruit juice, no artificial flavors, colors, or high fruit cornstarch and are gluten free.
Special edition gummy jack o’lanterns and bats and candy corn that are non-GMO, gluten-free, and USDA organic.
Certified USDA Organic and gluten free, Justin’s peanut butter cups are AMAZING! I actually prefer them to Reese’s. These perfect cups are made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa and sustainably sources palm fruit oil.
All treat and no tricks with these delectable candy bars! Ochos Candy bars are certified organic, non-GMO, and the coconut and dark chocolate peanut butter bars are certified vegan. They come in bite=sized minis or full sized candy bars. My favorite is the variety bag because there’s something for everyone in there! The guys scarf down the peanut butter while us gals savory the coconut and we all share the caramel. These guys do not disappoint and definitely do not last long in our home.
These are like peanut butter cups but with a crispy twist! Think Nestle Crunch bar with peanut butter.
An M&M alternative! Woohoo! The guys at Unreal have created some of our favorite treats with nothing artificial, all certified organic, fair trade, and sustainable ingredients, They’re non-GMO verified, vegan, and the peanut butter and almond butter cups are certified gluten free. It it unreal how amazing these goodies are!
Glee Gum –
Made in the USA with all natural ingredients, sustainably harvested rainforest chicle, and are gluten free. So absolutely no scary ingredients found here!
There are even mini box options to hand out this Halloween. Cute things come in small packages!
- Halloween Bouncy Balls
- Halloween Pencil Top Erasers
- Halloween Stencil Bookmarks
- Halloween Stickers
- Halloween Rubber Duckies
- Bendable Halloween Characters
- Halloween Bubbles
- Trick-or-Treat Mini Puzzles
- Halloween Plush
- Halloween Silly Bands
- Halloween Pencils
- Target Mini Notepads
- Target Mini Erasers
- Target Silly Putty
- Target Bug Flingers
Christian non-candy Treats
I really love the idea of handing out Halloween-themed goodies to share the light of Jesus on an otherwise scary holiday!
- Christian Halloween Bendables
- Christian Pumpkin Bracelets
- Christian Pumpkin Tattoos
- Little Boolievers and Truth & Treats Tattoos
- Christian Pumpkin Stickers
- Christian Pumpkin Pencils
- Christian Mini Pumpkins Notepads
- Christian Pumpkin Magnets
- Plush Christian Pumpkins
- Christian Pumpkin Stampers
Baby & Toddler Options
Ever wonder what those adorable little trick-or-treaters may have when they came strolling or toddling up to your door? I have and I always feel bad when I don’t have something for the little ones. So I got to thinking and came up with a few tot approved treats.
- Organic Puffs
- Organic Teething Wafers
- Organic Pouches
The Teal Pumpkin Project
If you haven’t heard of The Teal Pumpkin Project allow me to give you a quick rundown. Food Allergy Research and Education started to raise awareness for children with food allergies so that they, too, may still participate in the Halloween festivities without worry. Simply paint a pumpkin teal or display one of these adorable signs created by Dawn Warnaar over at Dawn Nicole Designs. A special thank you to Dawn for allowing me to share her cute printables!
Just click on the printable below to print out and display!
Candy & Non-Food Treat Sign
Non-Food Treat Sign
I hope this guide has been helpful, informative, and has given you some great ideas to make everyone’s Halloween a little healthier and safer. If you have an idea that you didn’t see listed, please comment and share below. I’d love to hear from you!
Have a happy and safe Halloween!