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5 healthier Halloween treats that won't disappoint kids

Oct. 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM ET

Michelle Hainer /

When Halloween rolls around each year, I have a hard time deciding what to hand out to trick-or-treaters. I don’t want us to be known among neighborhood kids as the house that gives out “weird” stuff like dried fruit or apples. But I also cringe at the thought of plying kids with candy that’s loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. I usually cave and end up buying the fun-size bags of popular candy brands — but not this year! Thanks to these organic and natural brands, Halloween just got a little healthier. Trick or treat!

Sun Cups

Kids with peanut or gluten allergies will love these organic chocolate cups filled with nut-free sunflower butter, caramel or mint. But even if you’re partial to peanut butter, you’ll agree that these are a tasty alternative!

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Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders

Made with organic fruit juice and sweeteners and free of corn syrup and GMOs, these organic gummy candies are bursting with flavor.  Plus, a portion of the proceeds benefits EcoMom Alliance.

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Candy-coated chocolates from UNREAL.

UNREAL

It may look like typical candy—and cost the same!—but UNREAL’s line of bars and candy coated chocolates don’t contain corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, GMOs, artificial flavors or synthetic colors. Oh and UNREAL has less sugar too. What’s more, the company sources their cacao beans from farms that do not employ child slave labor.

Lily’s Dark Chocolate

The first Fair Trade stevia-sweetened chocolate, these bars are available in four flavors—original, coconut, crispy rice and almond—and have 25 percent fewer calories than other 55 percent dark chocolate bars.  Plus the company donates a portion of their profits to organizations that support children battling cancer.  

Trader Joe’s Organic Lollipops

These pretty pops don’t contain artificial flavors or dyes (they’re colored with veggie extracts) and come in five flavors—watermelon, pomegranate, orange, lemon and raspberry. They’re affordable too: One package contains about 25 pops and costs around $3. 

Get more tips and recipes for seasonal eats at Made By Michelle.

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