Healthy Halloween Tips and Tricks: Juicy Mango Wigglers and Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies {Podcast #163}

Cut the sugar and the fright from Halloween night with our Healthy Halloween Tips and Tricks … and two new recipes for all-natural Juicy Mango Wigglers (a makeover of Jello Jigglers) and Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

Juicy Mango Wigglers via #makeover #halloween #jello #jigglers

Don’t be intimidated by gelatine. It’s easy to use in this Jello Jiggler makeover, and with just four basic ingredients, our lower-sugar Juicy Mango Wigglers come together quickly.

Juicy Mango Wigglers via #makeover #halloween #jello #jigglers

On October 31st, kids from coast to coast will dress up, stay out late, and fill their Halloween buckets with lots and lots of candy. It’s just one of those days where kids’ sugar consumption increases dramatically. What’s a concerned parent to do? On this week’s Cooking with the Moms, we make gooey, chewy, sugar-laden Halloween treats less horrific with recipes for Juicy Mango Wigglers (a homemade makeover of Jello Jigglers) and Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

Tune in to our Cooking with the Moms radio podcast to hear all about a healthier Halloween by clicking the play button above. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes.

Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies via #dessert #healthy Halloween #pumpkin

The addition of pumpkin ups the nutrition in our Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, and we don’t use any butter in the batter or filling. On the show, we also share some creative tricks for downsizing your Halloween handouts and managing all the candy your little goblins bring home Halloween night. Tune in for all the gory details!

Juicy Mango Wigglers

Makes 12 Servings

In No Whine with Dinner, we offer a strawberry version of these wigglers. You’ll find the recipe in the snack chapter on page 166. Both recipes are lower in sugar than Jello Jigglers, and there’s no artificial colors anywhere in our recipes.

1½ cups 100% tropical mango juice blend, divided (you can also use mango juice or orange juice)
1 cup frozen mango
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1.  In a blender, blend together 1 cup of juice and the frozen fruit until smooth.  Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir occasionally to break up any frothy bubbles.

2.  Meanwhile, place the remaining 1/2 cup juice in a large bowl.  Sprinkle the gelatin over the juice and let stand 1 minute.  Add the hot juice mixture and stir, or gently whisk, until the gelatin completely dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar.

3.  Pour the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch pan or dish. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.  Cut into twenty four, 2 x 1 1/3-inch rectangles (Use an off-set spatula to remove them from the pan).

Nutrition Information per Serving (2 pieces):  35 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate, 1g protein, 20% vitamin C

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Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies via #dessert #healthy Halloween #pumpkin

This is an “encore” recipe. We featured it on Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen in May as part of our Food Network Throwdown series.

Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Makes 14 Pies

For the Cakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • One 8-ounce package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside, Whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Combine the sugar, pumpkin, and oil in a large bowl and beat on medium speed until well blended, 1 minute. Add the egg, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and continue to beat until smooth. At low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture until just combined.

3. Drop heaping tablespoons of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between the cakes. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, about 8 minutes, or until the cakes are puffed and springy to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring the cakes to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining batter. You should make a total of 28 cakes.

4. For the filling, place the cream cheese, pumpkin, and vanilla extract in a large bowl, and beat at medium speed until blended. Gradually add the  powdered sugar, cinnamon, and salt and beat at low speed until blended. Raise the speed to medium once the sugar is incorporated and continue to beat until creamy.

5. To assemble, spread1¾ tablespoons of the filling on the flat side of half the cakes, and then top with the remaining cakes.

Nutrition Information per Serving (1 whoopie pie):  230 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated), 40g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 320mg sodium,  5g protein,  30% vitamin A

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128 responses to “Healthy Halloween Tips and Tricks: Juicy Mango Wigglers and Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies {Podcast #163}”

  1. Love this utensil set and it would go perfectly in my kitchen! For Halloween candy I throw out all the really bad stuff, leave some out for 1 a day for a while, then freeze the rest for when we need a candy fix throughout the year. Most of all, I tell my daughter to only take 1 piece per house. Still looking for fun and healthy Halloween treats. We’ve made some fun witches hats, mummy dogs, and creepy punch in the past.

  2. I can get away with this because me kids are still young, bu this is how I manage the candy intake:

    We trick or treat early when it is still light out. The kids can have 1 piece of candy while we trick or treat and 1 after we get home. Then, after I put the kids to bed (or while my hubby has them in the bath), I got through the candy and pick out a few handfuls of the favorites, toss the rest in my giveaway bucket and start handing it out to the older trick or treaters!

  3. Tara Oliver says:

    Iove the recipes!

    I like to make popcorn balls with a few M&M’s in them. or halloween-themed skewered fruit. that’s about all the healthy you’ll get from me. 🙂

  4. Tara Oliver says:

    I’m an e-mail subscriber!
    tara.the.equestrian at gmail dot com

  5. Tara Oliver says:

    I like you on Facebook. thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Peggy says:

    I posted a comment on FB and shared the link. This is a great giveaway. Really excited to make these recipes too!

  7. carrie r. says:

    We let the candy hang out at our house for a week. My daughter eats a piece with her lunch and dinner. Whatever is left after that goes to work with my husband. Not really promoting healthy lifestyles for my husband’s coworkers, but they’re adults, and SHOULD be able to set their own limits for a reasonable amount of candy, right?

  8. carrie r. says:

    I like you on FB and I saw a recipe (I think from Martha Stewart.) using leftover candy to coat frozen chocolate dipped bananas. A little healthier than munching the candy straight from the bowl. We tried it last year with all our reese’s pb cups.

  9. In all the years I’ve been developing recipes, I’ve never given consideration to doing jello jigglers sans jello. But I love this! Made with real fruit juice + no artificial colors. Definitely something I’d serve my kiddos.

    …and the pies are beyond yummy-tempting. Hmmm… maybe you’ll send them into Healthy Aperture and I can look at them even more often 😉

  10. Jenna Z says:

    I have always LOVED popcorn balls. My friend’s grandma gave them out every Halloween so we made sure to hit her house first…and then maybe again on the way home. 🙂

  11. Robbie says:

    I love the utensil set. I think my favorite healthy halloween snack is just simple baked apples. They are soooo delicious and warm after being out in the cool air walking around the neighborhood all night. I just put a little brown sugar in them, and tons of cinnamon. Super healthy and delicious.

  12. dnewell says:

    My problem is not eating all the Halloween candy I buy to give away before the big day. My solution: I store it at my neighbors!

  13. Jen says:

    Pumpkin muffins!

    Then we ask the children to “store” most of their Halloween candy in our Christmas baking box in the freezer: all chocolate bars will be chopped and put into Christmas cookies, all hard candies will be used for gingerbread houses. This keeps them from eating all of that candy, and allows me to affix it to some whole grain baked goods later in the year! 🙂

  14. Can’t wait to try the whoopie pies!!

  15. Schmidty says:

    I throw out anything that isn’t factory wrapped and portion off a small amount for the kids and drop the rest off at the local senior citizen’s center.

  16. Schmidty says:

    I am subscribed to your RSS feed.

  17. Schmidty says:

    I follow you on facebook (Rust Hawk).

  18. Miranda says:

    I send a bunch of the candy to work with my husband and then let my son have a piece a day until he forgets about it and doesn’t want it anymore. Usually abot a week.

  19. Miranda says:

    I’m an rss subscriber.

  20. Miranda says:

    I’m a FB follower.

  21. Kelly R. says:

    Pumpkin!! I’ve been so inspired by all your pumpkin talk over the last year or so that, epecially in the fall, I’m adding pumpkin into everything! I particularly love the TJ’s brownie mix made over with pumpkin. As for Halloween I love caramel apple bites – a toothpick with a bite of apple and a square of caramel. Yum!! Thanks for all you do! I love your podcast.

  22. Kelly R. says:

    I like you on Facebook, too!

  23. Donna Beecy says:

    My kids are in middle school so it gets harder and harder to “control” the candy. One rule that has never changed is that all candy must stay in the kitchen (no candy bags in the bedrooms!). They sort thru for their favorites and fill a bag for me to bring to work with the stuff they don’t like as much. They can choose a few pieces for an afternoon snack or for dessert but after a few weeks I toss what’s left. They are usually sick of candy by then!

  24. Michele says:

    Hey ladies. I stumbled upon your podcasts because I had to give up my cable, which meant no more Food Network, and I needed to get my fix of food and cooking. I don’t have any problem controlling Halloween food as I don’t have any kids yet so I have no tips there. However, you spoke a lot about canned pumpkin on your last podcast and I thought I would share with you, one of my favorite uses for it. Here goes: I add a tablespoon or more to my morning oatmeal and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice and some walnuts on top. Sometimes, I stir in a bit of vanilla yogurt to make it nice and creamy. Warms up my belly on those cold fall mornings!

  25. Claire says:

    I love peeps!! They only come around during the holidays.

  26. As a mother of 4 boys, I always ensure we have a healthy dinner before they head out for trick or treating. I like to make a all in one casserole with whole wheat pasta, a throw together pasta sauce (sauteed minced garlic in a dash of olive oil and add a combination of low sodium tomato sauce and diced tomatoes or fresh chopped tomatoes), part skim mozzarella cubed, lean turkey either ground or crumbled from italian sausage style (this gets sauteed with the garlic), chopped fresh kale, acorn squash and sage all mixed into a casserole dish sprinkled with a touch of real parmesan cheese and heated in the oven until warmed through. This is a great combination of fiber, whole grain, vegetable, protein, dairy and some fat. Next we plan a specific route that we will be trick or treating as this keeps us from wandering too far, collecting too much candy. We have a rule to take only one candy from each house and all of it goes into a bowl when we get home. My husband and I throw out anything that could be opened and is not sealed from the factory. We then allow a couple pieces after meal or healthy snack time a couple times per day and ditch whatever is leftover after a week. We also make a point to get out for “fall walks” and have the kids raking the leaves for extra activity during this time.

  27. Suzanne Haiker says:

    Fall and Halloweeen are my favorite seasons/holidays…
    Anything with pumpkin puree is popular with me and my family…on Halloween night I usually make Pumpkin Soup! served with roasted pumpkin seeds,

  28. Jane says:

    Our neighborhood has a non-candy trick-or-treat street where kiddos can get little toys or pretzels, etc instead of candy.

  29. Amanda Leon says:

    I like popcorn balls! I don’t have a whole lot of advice on controlling candy intake yet bc my kids are still small. I let them have a few pieces for a couple days, then hide excess from them and they forget about it after a few days. lol

  30. Amanda Leon says:

    And I “liked” you on facebook!

  31. Janice says:

    Michele, love the idea of adding a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to oatmeal! I was just thinking that the next time I open a can, I’ll freeze what’s left over in an ice cube tray so that I can just pop a cube into the oatmeal in the morning. Sarah, love your casserole concept – perfect for fall!

  32. Laura J says:

    Our favorite healthy Halloween snack is jazzed up clementines- I use a sharpie marker to make jack’o lantern faces on them so they look like little pumpkins. My three and five year old love them!!

  33. Ana says:

    My boys are only three so we only leave a few pieces in their bags and use the rest of the candy as topping on ice cream and other deserts throughout the year. If there is an outrageous amount of candy I take it to work and offer it to coworkers.

  34. Stacey says:

    We love all things pumpkin…. one of our favorite this time of year is Orange Pancakes for breakfast (or sometimes dinner!). I put 1/2 cup of pumpkin in pancake batter in place of other liquid. If I’m feeling creative I even make them pumpkin shapes. BTW- we also have Pink Pancakes (pureed strawberries) and Purple Pancakes (pureed blueberries). Never plain ones…. Thanks for all your tips. I love them!!

  35. Stacey says:

    I am a facebook fan.

  36. Stacey says:

    I also subscribe to your podcast.

    Oh- the magically disappearing candy…. I leave a few of the favorite pieces for the kids, give my husband his favorites for his lunch during hunting season (always the week after Halloween) and take the rest to school. Our secretary has a candy jar on her desk and our Halloween contributions last all year. 🙂 My kids thing this is perfectly normal.

  37. Becky V. says:

    I have been very into canned pumpkin lately, inspired by you ladies! We love your pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, only I substitute chopped walnuts for the chocolate chips. My four-year-old gobbles them up! I’ve also been making lots of pumpkin smoothies. I do exactly what you mentioned above, freeze canned pumpkin into ice cube trays, and use the cubes in smoothies that all three of us love. As for Halloween candy, I pick out a few pieces to keep at home for treats, then take the rest to work. Luckily our son is only 4 so we can do that for now! He’s not a big candy eater and forgets about it if it’s not in plain sight.

  38. Molly Jo says:

    I really like raisins. I know not many people do, they think it’s a “cheater” treat, not sweet enough, etc. But I loved getting those little boxes. Since my daughter doesn’t like them, she’d give them over to me for bread baking and treat making.

  39. Molly Jo says:

    I just subscribed via RSS feed.

  40. Molly Jo says:

    I just tweeted this page.

  41. Molly Jo says:

    I “like” you on facebook.

  42. Amy says:

    We have a few candies around Halloween and then they go into the pantry where we forget about them. After a while we remember and take them out and conduct “experiments” with them- putting them in cups of water, vinegar and mixing different types and colors. The kids enjoy their free time with the candies and they get used up without getting eaten.

  43. Amy says:

    I “like” you on FB.

  44. Lisa says:

    I have already “like”d you on FB.

    My trick for Halloween candy is to only trick or treat for a short period and then when Thanksgiving rolls around it gets thrown away – no if’s and’s or but’s about it. WIth the holidays coming there will be more than enough opportunities for goodies in the house until Jan we certainly don’t need Halloween candy.

  45. cathy castro says:

    I so need new utensils. I have been using mine for almost 20 yrs and it shows. This would be great. My healthy snack is not eating all the candy that my kids bring home. thank you

  46. Renee says:

    I love mini kit kats!

  47. cathy castro says:

    i subscribe via email. thank you

  48. Lori Krasner says:

    Middle Eastern sesame squares! Outstanding!!! Bay Sweets in West Roxbury, MA sells a large bag with individual packets with 2 in each.. Sweet, but those sesame seeds make it a good healthy treat.

  49. Louise says:

    Love the utensil set! We’re going to mail our extra candy to the troops overseas this year.

  50. Lori says:

    We cut back on the candy by donating some of it to a local dentist office. They collect the candy to send to the troops overseas & give the kids non-sweet treats to take home. Thanks.

  51. eatingRD says:

    I like all the suggestions here. Would let them pick a big handful of favorites and donate or giveaway the rest. A few for fun, then the rest is done 🙂 I need to make those whoopie pies!! I’ve wanted to try making whoopie pies for awhile now. Love the look of those utensils!!

  52. Lisa SR says:

    Hi! I love your podcasts and your first book has become a staple in our home – it’s been a lifesaver for our picky eater!
    My favorite snack around Halloween sounds kind of strange, but it is pumpkin waffles. I make them on the round waffle maker, fill them with yummy healthy canned pumpkin and wheat germ, and top them with a bit of powdered sugar. My daughter is picky, but she thinks these are delicious for a special dessert while we work on planning our Halloween festivities and costume details.
    Thanks and I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  53. eatingRD says:

    Tweeted this post 🙂

  54. eatingRD says:

    also posted on facebook

  55. Katie says:

    I’m crazy for pumpkin bread. We grow our own pumpkins, so that makes it even yummier. My friend just told me about a pumpkin flan recipe that I’m going to have to try, too.

  56. I would love to win the set!

    I make sure we have a good meal before we start trick-or-treating, so the kids won’t eat lots of candy as we go. I let them pick one or two things to eat at the very end of the night. The rest is very slowly parceled out over the next few months. I previously was able to siphon off some from each child to send to work for my husband to share, but now they are older and notice too much. 🙁

  57. Sandra King says:

    We love frozen banana ghost. We take small bananas and cut them in half. Insert a popsicle stick into the cut half on each and freeze on a cookie sheet. Melt white chocolate and dip the frozen banana halves into the chocolate to cover. Hold up for a minute to let the chocolate set and then lay flat onto frozen cookie sheet. Use mini chocolate chips to press in eyes, nose and mouth. I serve these in a pumpkin stand. I take a white or green pumpkin and use a hammer to hit a flat screw driver into the top several times. When it is time to serve, the frozen pops come out of the freezer and I place them into the pumpkin slots and put on the center of the table. Boo!

  58. Brigette says:

    I let my kids eat a lot of the candy the first few days. . . they just have to brush their teeth right away. They get sick of it after that nad I can throw the rest out!

  59. Amanda Tyman says:

    Love the orange utensils! Too cute! As for Halloween candy, my older son is only 2 1/2 so its easy to dole out the pieces according to my schedule and not his. Plus my husband and I end up helping ourselves to some of it! Lol!

  60. Rachel says:

    My favorite Halloween treat is making Mummy Dogs with hot dogs and refrigerated breadstick dough.

  61. Amanda Tyman says:

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  62. Rachel says:

    I also subscribe to the RSS feed.

  63. April Kofler says:

    We don’t Trick or Treat, what we have always done is make snack foods and cookies or a cake and watch the old scary movies. (Dracula, and all those old black and white) my kids look forward to it every year. We thought we would go out Trick or Treating last year and they did not like it as much. So this year it is hot wings, seven lawyer dip, cookies that look like fingers, veggies and dip as well as punch.

  64. Jill Zamoyta says:

    Halloween is my least favorite holiday of the year because of the huge focus on candy and sugar. I try very hard to minimize (not ban) junk and sugar in my house and in my son’s diet, so it’s very hard for me to explain to him that although it’s fun to do all the Halloween activities, he doesn’t have to gorge himself on candy to have fun. He actually has a very healthy relationship (I know, ironic phrasing there) with junk food. He likes it, but he doesn’t go cuckoo for it, and some of it he has realized he doesn’t really like.
    Anyway, we have a tradition in our house, kind of like the Tooth Fairy, except that on Halloween night, the Pumpkin Fairy comes and visits. She takes most of the candy (she leaves his favorites to munch on for a few days after Halloween), and leaves him some little gifts, stuff from the dollar store, or something he’s been wishing for that’s not too expensive. He loves it and will write a letter and draw a picture for the Pumpkin Fairy before he goes to bed, and doesn’t miss the candy at all!

  65. Jill Zamoyta says:

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  66. Julie says:

    A good alternative to give out at the door on Halloween night is Stretch Island Fruit Leather. Costco sells a 48 piece box which is usually more than enough for the ghost and goblins that visit our house.

  67. Laurie Grief says:

    To minimize the candy my kids eat, we always have the candy fairy come visit. Each child gets to pick their 10 favorite pieces of candy, and the rest is left for the candy fairy. She takes all the candy (I actually hide it in the freezer for when I need a sugar fix!), and she leaves them with a small gift ( a DVD, stuffed animal, puzzle, or something else they have been wanting). The kids are always amazed that the candy fairy knew exactly what they wanted!

  68. Jill Zamoyta says:

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  69. Christy Bailey says:

    I once heard of a dentist that was buying candy from the neighborhood kids. Why not do it for your own? The candy I bought at the store was 10 cents per piece (average, with my coupon). So I think I’m going to offer to buy my kid’s candy off of them for 5 cents each. Then what’s left will be rationed out at a piece or two every few days. I can freeze it to give away next year, or just chuck it. I figure I’ll get next year’s candy at a bargain, the kids can use the cash for whatever, and maybe they can learn a financial lesson to boot!

  70. Christy Bailey says:

    And I “liked” you on facebook! I just found your website last night, and I am inspired already!

  71. Kira says:

    Carrots are about the only healthy Halloween treat I’ve been able to come up with! They’re orange like a pumpkin 😛 As for curbing the candy overload, I actually keep the kids candy, and every day they get to choose a limited amount, then it goes back into the special hiding place! I love some of these other ideas though – the Pumpkin Fairy especially!!

  72. Paty Mitchell says:

    My twin grandsons ( 7 years) Get Two pieces each day for a couple weeks then they forget about with frest fruit.

  73. Amanda S. says:

    After Halloween, we take candy to work and share with the adults there. Then our 3 year old gets to pick one or two pieces a day for a few weeks. They offer a candy exchange here in our area and we may think about that this year. Would love some more suggestions 🙂

  74. Amanda S. says:

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  75. Amanda S. says:

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  76. Tammy says:

    My kids love to come home – dump all the candy out – count how many pieces and do some trading amongst each other. They have a piece after dinner for a week or so and then they forget about it. I hide the bags up high in the pantry and then find them a month later and throw them out.

  77. Tammy says:

    already a facebook fan – that is how I saw the giveaway

  78. Jenn says:

    We limit the candy to one a day for the first week or so. Our dentist office has takes up a collection of candy to send to the troops, so we give away the excess to them. Our healthy treat is roasted pumpkin seeds harvested from our jack o’ lanterns. A little canola oil, cinnamon and sugar and a trip to the oven – they make a delicious snack!

  79. Katharine Mooney says:

    Although I’m not a trick-or-treator anymore 🙁 I do remember some rules my mother had to keep my sugar consumption under control. Basically, I was allowed 3 pieces of candy per day, and the rest stayed in a bag on top of the refrigerator – where I couldn’t see or reach it!

  80. Jenny says:

    The Halloween Fairy comes to visit on Halloween night. My kids choose a few of their favorite pieces of candy to be put away and enjoyed at a later date, then the rest goes in a bag and put on our front porch. During the night, the Halloween Fairy takes the bag and leaves a small, non candy treat in return. I take the bag of candy to our local dentist who collects it to send to troops overseas. When my kids outgrow the Halloween Fairy, they can take the candy to the dentist themselves and get a small moeny reward.

  81. Janel says:

    I like you on Facebook 🙂

  82. Janel says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed 🙂

  83. Janel says:

    The healthiest I’ve gotten on Halloween is carving little pumpkin faces on tangerines for the kiddos to eat. We just go whole hog on the candy unfortunately but when it’s gone, it’s gone! I also bring some to work to giveaway….

  84. Christa says:

    I’m going to try the whoopie pie recipe and I think that will be our new favorite Halloween treat!

  85. Beth says:

    We also have the Halloween Fairy visit to exchange most of my kids’ candy for a non-food treat. My kids love it!

    We give out a quarter to each kid that visits our house. That way I am not tempted to snack on candy Halloween night. Plus, we don’t end up with leftover candy. The kids are thrilled, because it is different from candy. We don’t have a ton of trick-or-treaters, but if a quarter was too much, then I might give a dime (the cost of many candies), or a small trinket.

  86. Tiffany Fullhart says:

    For halloween treats at my kids school Halloween Hoopla, the kids and I make little snack bags. We use the small snack size zip lock bags and add about 4-5 different cereals. I usually use regular cheerios, wheat chex, crispix, and fruit loops (for a little sweet). We also at 2-3 small pretzels and a tbsp of m&ms (ends up being about 4 pieces per bag). My kids love to help make them (ages 9 & 11) and the kids at the Hoopla like to receive them!

    This is also great for younger children as a regular snack. There are different shapes and colors, if you use fruit loops. And with just a couple m&ms, they think they are getting a forbidden treat! 🙂

  87. I like to arrange crudites on a platter in the shape of a skeleton with the head as the dip. Fun for the kids!

  88. Janice says:

    My husband makes a big pot of chili for Halloween. This is a delicious and filling meal for before trick-or-treating. After, the kids pick through and keep their favorites and the rest goes with my husband to work.

  89. Alexandra says:

    I liked you on facebook and tweeted 🙂

    I try to focus on the non-candy part of halloween. We make a big deal over our costumes and dressing up, always making our own. I find that shying away from the candy/sugar obsession and making it more about ‘make-believe’ is more fun for me and the kids! I also usually take at least 1/2 of the candy out of their bags at night and bring it to the office. Hoping I can get away with that for awhile 🙂 Alex

  90. elisa avellana says:

    whooopiieee pies!!!!!!! yum! 🙂

  91. Kristen says:

    I allow my little one to have a few pieces of candy on Halloween and the days after, and I keep the candy stash on top of the refrigerator out of reach of little hands! Then after a week or so, whatever is left goes to work with me so we can get it out of the house.

  92. Louise says:

    I buy the small size bags of m&m’s & candy bars. That way portion control is easy with the leftovers! Thanks for the contest.

  93. Brooke says:

    I sift thru the candy after kids have gone to bed, throw a lot away, freeze some. Give some to my mom to take to her office. Out of sight, out of mind! With the bounty they still have left, I’ll allow one or 2 pieces after dinner or lunch. I still will go thru and make a few pieces disappear every so often!

  94. Brooke says:

    Just shared on Facebook!

  95. Martha Anne says:

    I am so excited about the remake of the jello jigglers! I’ve got a picky eater that won’t eat fruits or vegetables and this might be another way to get fruit into him! I already make brownies with baby food instead of oil (that way I can use fruit and veggies) as well as almond flour for that extra protein and calcium.

    We don’t have a healthy Halloween treat, but we do limit the kids to 5 pieces of candy per day during the Halloween season. I say season as my kids have already trick-or-treated at Daddy’s office and Halloween is still 4 days away! 5 pieces may seem like alot, but that’s throughout the whole day. They start the day off with a breakfast “dessert”. 🙂

  96. Mindy says:

    I don’t have any tricks for making Halloween treats any healthier! But this year, as soon as the kids bring home their goodies, I’m going to go through it and toss out the yucky ones. This might cut down on the ridiculous amount of candy they’ll get!!

  97. Elizabeth says:

    For one, our “neighborhood” consists of only about 15 houses and it takes us several hours because, yes, we walk the 3 mile course. After the kids get home, they pick out a few favorite pieces to eat and a sandwich baggie for snacks over the next month. In the spirit of Charlie Brown, everything else is left for “The Great Pumpkin” who redistributes it to a local charity. In exchange for the “kids hard work” he leaves a new toy or video.

  98. Margaret says:

    I love caramel popcorn because it’s relatively healthy compared to all the other sweets out there. it’s low in saturated fat, is high in dietary fiber, and if you don’t add salt there’s low sodium too. plus i can never seem to stop, but that’s ok because it’s so low-calorie!

    Margaret 🙂

  99. sunchicka says:

    pumpkin pancakes!

  100. Jessica says:

    We take out a few of their favorites and then the rest goes to work. Our children are young enough that they don’t notice it is gone.

  101. Lisa says:

    We manage candy by allowing them to enjoy several pieces after trick-or-treating and then 1 or 2 pieces as a snack or dessert the next few days. After that the novelty seems to wear off so the kids choose several favorite to enjoy over the next week or so and we take the rest to our workplaces to share among LOTS of people — it disappears pretty quickly.

  102. Lisa says:

    I like you on Facebook, too! Loved seeing your familiar faces on the cover of American Profile when it arrived with my newspaper!

  103. Kimberly Fought says:

    I freeze all the full size chocolate bars! Love the utensil set 🙂

  104. Sandra H. says:

    We let them eat all they want the first day… then 1 piece a night for about a week after. Then the rest gets shipped over seas to the active military.

  105. Patti Burch says:

    Love your website and hope I win the utensils!

  106. Kathy Casserly says:

    favorite treat is pumpkin cookies. They are a BIG hit, and never last long.

  107. Kathy Casserly says:

    i already subscribe to your feed

  108. Kathy Casserly says:

    I already have “liked” you on facebook.

  109. Jenny B says:

    I freeze the chocolates for use in Christmas cookies…defrost and chop them to add to any kind of batter! Also, after two weeks, I get rid of what hasn’t been eaten to avoid mindless munching on candy we don’t even like 🙂 Much easier that way!!

  110. Alison Card says:

    My favorite healthy Halloween treat is anything involving pumpkin! I even make pumpkin muffins in place of cupcakes for my kids’ birthdays, and their classmates always rave about how good the “cupcakes” were!

  111. Joan Harrod says:

    Caramel apples.

  112. Pascale T. says:

    After we get home, my kids get to eat all they want until bedtime, which is about 30 minutes. Then we pack the rest up to give to a dentist in town, who sends it to soliders overseas.

  113. Jane says:

    Our neighborhood has a non-candy street for trick-or-treating, where instead, kids get little toys, pretzels, balloons, etc.

  114. Lisa S says:

    We love pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies…mmm.

  115. Marla says:

    We’ve been “swapping” our daughter’s candy for a toy since she was two (and old enough to know what candy is!)

    She usually has something on her wishlist like a toy cash register, a hula hoop, or a craft item. She chooses her 5 favorite pieces of candy and the rest go in the trade bag (which is a Ziplok bag.) The next day, the item in trade appears and everyone is happy.

    She also gets to keep anything like pretzels, stickers, etc.

    Last year, my husband and I ate a lot of the candy she “traded”! This year, that candy will not be in the house after Halloween!!!!!

  116. Yvonne says:

    I like to make pumpkin muffins with whole wheat flour, dried fruits, walnuts & applesauce! Super fruity!

  117. Leah says:

    My son is 19 months so I do not have the candy-collection issue yet but plan to have the Halloween Fairy pick the candy up the following night, after he has selected some favorites, and leave a toy swap.

  118. Juan Gonzalez says:

    My boys are 3 and 5, we’ve been good at keeping them from eating alot of candy from parties and Halloween, we go through them take out a few good ones mainly lollipops, they love lollipops. they are just getting into chocolate so it’s going to be hard this year. I love pinterest and will be doing the banana ghost and nectarine pumpkins for snacks at home.

  119. Bonnie says:

    We let our kids go kinda bananas on Halloween night then they trade in the rest of the candy for a fun activity. This year we are taking the kids to an indoor trampoline place.

  120. Marge says:

    When my kids were younger (they are now teens), we used the Halloween Witch to get rid of most of the candy from trick or treating. The kids were allowed to pick 10-15 pieces of candy (or whatever number you choose) to save and the rest was put into a bag which we left out for the Halloween Witch! The “witch” would come on Halloween night and leave the kids a small toy or token in exchange for the candy which my husband would take to work with him to get it out of the house. The kids loved it and it worked for a number of years.

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