Halloween is synonymous with candy and treats, but you can make some eco-friendly and non-toxic choices to promote a healthier holiday this fall.
1. Ditch The Plastic Pumpkin
Rather than a plastic bucket for carting treats around town, try a cloth bag (or a pillowcase in a pinch) or even a metal bucket that will stand the test of time. Reusable options are more eco-friendly and will reduce your child’s exposure to VOCs, phthalates, and other toxins found is mass-produced plastic containers.
2. Treats With No Tricks
Cut back on the tricks when you offer your kids a candy swap! For each piece of questionable candy they bring home, offer to trade them for healthier alternatives.
YumEarth offers organic pops, gummies, and more in festive Halloween shapes, perfect for a seasonal treat for your little one. Stock up to give these out to the kiddos in your neighborhood too!
For a crunchy treat, try an assortment of snack crackers and cookies from Bitsy’s Brainfood, specializing in veggie-based crisps that your little one won’t suspect are actually healthy!
Try Justin’s for healthier peanut butter cups - their dark chocolate options are dairy free, perfect for lactose intolerant or dairy-allergic kids. If your child has a peanut allergy or is taking snacks to school, opt for SunCups by free2b, made with sunflower seed butter (or “sunbutter”) instead of peanuts! Free2b makes candies free from common allergens for a truly healthier Halloween.
Another allergy-friendly brand is Enjoy Life Foods, offering everything from chocolate bars to cookies and more, all free from gluten, nuts, dairy, egg, and other common allergens. Stock up on their seasonal Halloween Chocolate Minis before your store runs out!
3. Plan a Trunk or Treat
You can remove the hit-or-miss candy quality and safety concerns about walking down busy streets by partaking in a local “Trunk or Treat” or other celebration. A Trunk or Treat is usually put on by a group of local families who decorate the trunk of their cars for Halloween and let the kids “trick or treat” just among the group, traveling to each car. This is a great way for groups of allergy parents to put something together where they can trust everything will be nut-free, dairy-free, etc. but it’s also great for children on the autism spectrum who may be overstimulated in large crowds. (Plus, it’s a relief for the parents too).
By throwing a Halloween party or Trunk or Treat, you can also control the food and drink to offer things like homemade caramel apples, apple cider, pumpkin goodies, etc. to cut back on exposure to artificial flavors and dyes, GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, and allergens.
4. Choose Non-Toxic Makeup
For makeup and special effects on your little one’s sensitive skin, look for non-toxic makeup kits like Natural Earth Paint’s Natural Face Paint Kit or mineral based makeup. Real Purity has a variety of blushes, lipsticks, and eyeshadows in many hues to find your perfect match as well - all made without harmful ingredients and perfect for adult and kid costuming needs!
5. Make Memories Without Candy
Put on a Halloween classic and join the kids for potions-making in the kitchen! Make the most of the fall season by focusing on carving jack o’lanterns and brewing up some homemade mulled apple cider with your kids. Projects in the kitchen will make lasting memories your kids will remember forever.
This isn’t to say that we recommend doing this instead of Trick or Treat - because, let’s face it, Trick or Treat is fun - but as a festive addition to involve the kids in activities all month long leading up to Halloween.
Any Other Ideas?
What’s your favorite way to have a healthier Halloween? Share in the comments!