As October rolls around I start to get really excited. You see, I REALLY love the holiday season! I mean 3 months of fun holidays in a row?! You get to dress up crazy for Halloween, eat an amazing Thanksgiving feast, and of course make all sorts of Christmas treats. Plus the decorating, gift giving, and spending quality time with friends and family just makes me happy.
My little man is only 17 months old and not walking yet so we're probably not going to go trick-or-treat this year… but I will definitely dress him up! This year he's going to be a lion. Last year he was a cute chubby dragon:
Around Halloween I also start thinking about what I am going to do when my kids are older and start getting all sort of junk food candy. I'm not going to be the parent who tells my kids they can't trick-or-treat because that is just cruel and unusual punishment.
Plus, a main belief at our blog is that it's ok (and sometimes preferable) to eat junk food on special occasions. Of course, our kids don't need 10 pounds of the stuff either.
One thing I have decided that I'm going to do is bring the Switch Witch into my house! It's a pretty clever idea actually. Basically it's like the tooth fairy. The kids give the Switch Witch their candy and the next morning it's replaced with a toy or something else your child wants.
With older kids you could skip the whole Switch Witch idea and give the extra candy directly to our troops through Operation Gratitude. I'm sure our soldiers love getting packages from home.
Let's be honest, you don't REALLY want to be the boring house that hands out a box of crayons and every kid wants to egg right? You know most parents won't trust your healthy homemade stuff but you don't want to give out crap candy either. Don't worry there's still hope!
Check out the Natural Candy Store! They have no artificial colors or dyes, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives, and no hydrogenated oils. They seek out recycled and biodegradable supplies and support fair-trade efforts too.
Also, while I don't know replacements for all my favorite candies, I do have a good one to replace Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I highly recommend Justin's Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. (CONFESSON: I buy a package from my local healthy food store about once a weekish!)
Real Food Halloween Treat Recipes
Okay now on to the stuff you've been waiting for!
First thing I want to show you is that you can add healthy food coloring to your treats. You have to have fun colors every once in a while right? Check out the India Tree food coloring. Now on to the actual recipes!
- Dark Chocolate: This one is from yours truly! Super easy to make and you can pop them into some cutesy Halloween silicone molds (just ignore the Easter bunnies for now).
2. Peppermint Patties: This recipe is from Thank Your Body. My dad's favorite candies are the York Peppermint Patties so maybe I'll try making these one day to give to him!
3. Marshmallows: This recipe is from Mommypotamus. All I can say is thank goodness for other real foodies to come up with awesome recipes! Combine this with some healthy rice krispies cereal and butter you're good to go.
3. Maple Pecan Candies: This recipe is from Homemade Mommy and looks TASTY!
4. Pumpkin Caramel Carmels: This recipe comes from Real Food Outlaws and is super easy peasy.
5. Honey Caramel Apples: This recipe is from Nourished Kitchen. I feel like if you don't have a caramel apple sometime during the fall, then your life isn't complete.
6. Black Cat Pops: This recipe is from Fork and Beans. Very clever and cute!
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7. Chocolate Spiderweb Cupcakes: This recipe is from Texanerin. I like her name! Check out these Halloween cupcake
8. Glowing Ghost Gummies: This is another recipe from Nourished Kitchen. I'm impressed with how she figured out to get food to glow!
9. Pear Ghosts: This recipe I found on RealFood.Tesco. These are super cute aren't they?! I'm constantly amazed at how people turn food into other objects. I mean c'mon, pears into ghosts?
10. Gummy Eyeballs: This recipe is from The Things We'll Make. Now these are ingenious and pretty creepy looking. Good job Tracy!
11. Candy Corn: This recipe is from Little Homesteaders. I'm not a fan of candy corn but I know some people almost die without it. Kind of like me with the Cadbury Mini Eggs at Easter time.