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10 healthy Halloween alternatives that will save you money

10 healthy Halloween alternatives that will save you money
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It’s an unfortunate truth universally acknowledged that a child in costume must be in want of sugary treats every Halloween.

Yet as being health consciousness continues to grow, more of us are looking for healthier alternatives to the sugar-induced comas that go hand-in-hand with Halloween each year. Sadly, most people think it will cost a fortune to cut out the junk and substitute a better choice.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth!

Here are 10 alternative treats for Halloween that you can get cheap

1. Honey sticks. They’re like pixie sticks, but all natural and yummy to boot! Most natural health food stores carry these, and they are relatively inexpensive to stock up on.

Price: $12 for 50 on Amazon.

2. Stickers. These are always fun to get, and a pack of them can be picked up inexpensively at various stores.

Price: $1-$5 for a pack

3. Party rings. You can get a pack of them for 99 cents at most places right now, which is saving you money and avoiding handing out sugary candy.

Price: 99 cents

4. Annie’s gummy packs. While these do contain sugar, it is organic and doesn’t have any synthetic dyes, pesticides, and they are gluten-free as well. Costco carries boxes of these in bulk.

Price: $9.79 for a  24 pack at Costco.

5. Popcorn balls. I know a lot of parents are wary now of finding homemade items in their trick or treater’s bags, but this is a great choice if you’re handing out treats at a “trunk or treat” event or you’re going to a party and need to bring some treats along.

Price: $5 or less.

6. Glow sticks. Another non-eating item, glow sticks are a great thing to pass out that will actually help keep the kids safer while they go from house to house after dark. Dollar Tree carries packs for just a $1.

Price: $1

7. Party favor packs from the dollar store. We think about it when a birthday is coming up, but not really for Halloween and it’s a shame because those packs of party favors can be fun toys to hand out to all the kids. With how much candy the kids end up taking home, a fun toy will be a nice change and exciting for children.

Price: $1

8. Fruit leather. This makes for both a healthy and delicious treat that can also go into the lunchbox for school the next day.

Price: $10-$20 per pack of approximately 48, depending on the brand.

9. YumEarth Organic Lollipops. These lollipops are free of dyes, pesticides, and are gluten-free. You can find them at your local health-food grocery store, or pick them up in bulk on Amazon.

Price: $27.91 for a 5lb bag on Amazon

10. Small juice boxes. I know what you’re thinking — lame! But the kids are walking around the neighborhood, and no one has hydration on the mind. Find a juice that has no added sugar, and you’ve got a healthy why to hydrate your trick or treaters. Costco carries various juice box brands for a good bulk price.

Price: Varies

With a little creativity, it is possible to have a healthier Halloween without it setting you back financially. What are some of your favorite treats to hand out?

About the author: Crystal Collins, a DealPro, is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at