Halloween Treats: Best & Worst Picks

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For health-minded parents, picking out a Halloween candy can often feel like a choice between two tough options. Go with the traditional sweet treats and turn a blind eye to sugar, or opt for the sometimes “less fun” but healthier option?

The important thing to remember is that when it comes to Halloween candy, there’s no worry that kids won’t end up with enough of the sweet stuff. For parents who are looking to hand out options that offer an alternative treat without the tricky sugar content, there are actually more options than you might think!

Here are a few ideas for well-priced Halloween options that parents can actually feel good about, as seen on WGNO's "Love It, Like It, Hate It" segment.


  • Popcorn snack packs like Angie’s BoomChickaPop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn. About 70 calories, 9 grams carb, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar per pack with ingredients like sunflower oil, dried cane sugar, and sea salt.
  • Apple “Chips” like Bare Snacks 100% apple, with no sugar added!
  • Non-edible treats! Halloween tattoos, bracelets, bubbles, bouncy balls, or glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth!


  • Teddy Grahams & Annie’s Bunnies. About 50 calories per pack with 8 grams carb, 1 gram fiber, and 3 grams of sugar.
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish “with whole grain”. As a nutritionally "neutral" option, parents can feel a little bit better when the ingredients include whole wheat flour, cheddar cheese and about ~50 calories per pack.
  • Pretzel packs or Sun Chips. Mostly white flour, but still not a lot of sugar!


  • Most chocolate candy bars, and pure-sugar candies like Starbursts, Skittles, Candy Corn, and Gushers. Typical ingredients include sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, and artificial food dyes
  • “All natural” fruity-sugary candies like Fruit Snacks + “Organic” Gummy Snacks. Ingredients still typically include brown rice syrup, cane sugar, gelatin, fruit juice…
  • Chex Mix Muddy Buddies. Made with 3 different types of sugar + BHT preservative. Same goes for other “healthier” treats like Rice Krispie Treats, “yogurt” pretzels, etc.

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