Healthy Halloween Treats

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

When trick-or-treaters ring your doorbell this year, what will you give them? If you choose candy for treats, look for those that are lower in fat and sugar. Choose bite-size candy bars based on the least amount of fat and calories per serving. The calories in all those bite-size Halloween treats add up quickly. Four “bite size” chocolate bars contain approximately 320 calories, 25 jelly beans have 140 calories, and 20 pieces of candy corn add up to 100 calories.

Healthy Food Treats: Offer treats that are lower in fat and sugar but may provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. Set a good example for your own children and the neighborhood kids by passing out healthy treats that may include cereal bars, animal crackers, 100 calorie packs of various products, single serve boxes of ready-to-eat cereal, mini boxes of raising or chocolate covered raisins, sugar-free gum or hard candy, snack pack pudding; and sugar-free hot chocolate or apple cider packets.

Non-food Treats: Children also will enjoy non-food treats like the items typically given in birthday goodie bags such as small toys and pocket-sized games, glow sticks, and small stuffed animals. Consider pencil toppers and fancy erasers; markers, stickers, crayons, coloring tablets; or bottles of bubbles, fake money and whistles.

Halloween Party Theme:

If you have time, host a Halloween dinner for kids and parents. Focus on fun
Plan party activities like dunking for apples; walking through a haunted house; a hayride; a bonfire; decorating pumpkins; pinning a heart on a scarecrow; a costume contest; face painting and temporary tattoos. Offer kids fruits and vegetables of the season: pumpkin muffins; pumpkin pie; pumpkin cookies; hot apple cider; popcorn or baked apples. The recipe below is a tasty, healthy choice for pumpkin dessert.

Peter Pumpkin Bars

16 ounce can pumpkin
1 ½ cups rolled oats

1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

4 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

¾ cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ cups flour

Directions for 48 bars:

1. In a mixing bowl stir together, pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs and oil until well mixed.

2. In another bowl, combine flour, oats cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.

3. Combine flour mixture with pumpkin mixture and mix well.

4. Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch pan.

5. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.


Eleanor Summers
Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences