Smarter Halloween Treats

Smarter Halloween Treats

Halloween is coming! Let’s have some fun.

Many of you know that I’m all about food that is easy to prepare. If a recipe requires too many steps or too many ingredients, out it goes.

Since many of you share my love of in-and-out kitchen tasks, I thought I would round up some Halloween treats that are easy to make and won’t chain you to the kitchen for an entire day.

If you are fond of channeling Betty Crocker and Julia Child, then I happily accept donations…especially chocolate ones.

Stick around and I’ll also share what’s in our cauldron for the trick-or-treaters. No homemade goods there. Those get tossed first by conscientious parents, including me.

I am really excited to try this 3 Ingredient Maple Pecan Candy. Anything caramel-ey and pecan-ey gets a big thumbs up in my book.  Homemade Mommy has made me very happy yet again (and not just because she’s my bud).

Paleo Pumpkin Butter Cups by Civilized Caveman Cooking look like expensive chocolates from a specialty store but again meet my criteria for quick and easy. Win. Win.

If these are as good as they look, they’re going on my Christmas menu too.

Paleo Pumpkin Butter Cups

The homemade apple dips by Primally Inspired are a must for any homemade treat list.

Apple dips are always a huge hit at my house year-round.

Coconut Almond Candy Bars by Girl Meets Nourishment. Almond Joys are still my hands-down my favorite candy bars, and some days I miss them like crazy. These will be mine!


These are the most awesomely gross homemade gummy worms I have every seen by Oh! Lardy. Kids everywhere are going to squeal with glee when you whip these out.

Though we still limit eggs around here and Katie is citrus-free, I had to share this refreshing Candy Corn Parfait. Though the name kind of throws you, it looks deliciously light.

I think I’m going to try it with some elderberry juice and frozen blueberries. Yum.

Here’s what I always pass out to trick-or-treaters

YummyEarth Organic Lollipops* (are only 9 cents each in the 5 lb bag)

and an extra non-candy treat like glow stick bracelets*

(*affiliate links)

You would not believe how popular the non-candy treats are. I had bags of extra candy the first year we did it, just in case it was a flop. We ran out of the little Halloween whistles way before we ran out of candy (and it was the ‘good’ candy bars back then too).

And for anyone that has overdone it on the treats this year, here are some homeopathic remedies to try. You’re welcome tired and frazzled parents of spaztastic children.


Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

6 thoughts on “Smarter Halloween Treats”

  • Thanks for the suggestion for Halloween hand-outs! I have been trying to figure out what I can hand out that will make the kiddos happy and leave me with a clean conscience too 🙂

  • I was wondering about what to give the children that come by, because I’d rather not give homemade or traditional sugary things. Granted, the lollipops are still sugar, but I suppose it’s better than some other artificially-colored alternatives. I had wondered about non-candy options and if those would be a flop or a hit. Sounds like you’d had good success with that, so I might try that out. Any other ideas for non-candy items? Also, do you make or buy elderberry juice? I often want to try making gelatin gummies for my toddler but don’t like the idea of using so much citrus (I think it can be a problem for little ones, right?) or bottled juice (lots of sugar). I’m thinking of trying to make gummies with hibiscus or rosehip tea, which I think should be safe for a toddler. But I hadn’t thought of elderberry juice and would like to know more about what you use.

  • We did the suckers and glowy things and had so much fun with them. Thanks for the suggestion! The kids thought it was awesome to actually get to have one of what we were giving away.

    • That’s great! The non-candy treats were so popular this year that we’re moving to all toys from now on. Best part is that we can buy the variety bags throughout the year when they’re on sale and store them indefinitely.

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