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Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween can be stressful for parents trying to encourage their children to eat more nutrient-dense foods and stay away from sweet treats. Parties and trick or treating make for lots of situations where you’ll want to have healthier alternatives.  Of course, the goal is to still have some spooky fun–so consider these ideas we’ve rounded up from our favorite sources!

Halloween Party Foods

Get the kids in the kitchen and have them help them make these fun monster creations!

Zucchini Eyeballs

Halloween Zucchini Eyeballs
Photo: Super Healthy Kids

Cheese and pretzel broomsticks

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Photo: One Little Project Blog

Hummus & Veggie Fingers

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Photo: Fire Eye Blog/Vlog

Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail

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Photo: Family Fresh Meals

Trick or Treaters

You can always consider little trinkets like fun Halloween stamps or temporary tattoos, pencils and erasers, or bubbles as an alternative to handing out candy. Or these decorated food options keep up the Halloween spirit.

You can also help kids get their fruit and veggies with some decorated healthier snacks:

Mummy Applesauce Packs

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Photo: See Vanessa Craft

Jack-O-Lantern Oranges

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Photo: Cooking Mamas

Enjoy your healthy Halloween!

Jennifer Martin-Biggers

Jennifer is the Associate Director for Nutrition Sciences and Regulatory Affairs at Munchkin. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and holds a MS and PhD in Nutrition as well. Jennifer is a child nutrition and nutrition communication and research expert. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society for Nutrition, and the Institute of Food Technologists.