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Halloween is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, and we all know what that means: sweet temptation lurking everywhere from your coworker's desk to the doctor's-office waiting room. And the trick's on you, because you can easily consume an extra 200-400 calories each day from chocolates or sugary candies alone. (The horror!)

But don't fret: Thanks to a recent surge in healthy snacks, it's possible to treat yourself and your kids to a nutritious, delicious holiday. Instead of ghoulish gobstoppers and spooky "fun-size" candies, fill your bags and bowls with my top 5 picks for better-for-you goodies:

Pirate's Booty

Trying to steer your kids away from sugary snacks? Hop on board with Pirate's Booty (, a baked, all-natural treat with zero grams of sugar that kids love and parents can feel good about adding to the Halloween bowl. The cheesy corn puffs are also gluten-, peanut-, and tree-nut free, so they're safe for trick-or-treaters or classmates with these common food allergies. An added bonus: the Pirate is already dressed for the occasion. Limited-edition Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Halloween packs are available at Target stores nationwide.

KIND Minis

Instead of filling your trick-or-treat bag with mysterious artificial ingredients you've never heard of, opt for the natural goodness of KIND minis. KIND ( bars are made from nutritionally-rich whole nuts and fruit, so they won't lead to the notorious sugar crash you get from the processed junk.

Happy Squeeze TREAT Caramel Apple

These portable pouches are a great way to enjoy the festive flavor combo of caramel and apples without the 250 calories you'd find in a typical candy apple. Each serving of Happy Squeeze ( contains just 100 calories of real fruit and fruit juice, so you can indulge guilt-free - and no sticky hands, either!

YumEarth Organics

This planet-friendly brand's fruit snacks and gummy bears are the perfect alternative to their conventional counterparts. They're sweetened with real fruit juice -- no high-fructose corn syrup -- and each pack provides 100 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Plus, with fewer than 70 calories per serving, you can let your kids enjoy YumEarth's ( fruity treats all year long.


This "guilt-free Scandinavian treat" comes in 3 flavors that'll satisfy any sweet tooth -- dark chocolate mint, coconut cream, and brownie -- and with only 4-7 raw ingredients, you won't be haunted by artificial sugars or sweeteners. Delights ( are also vegan-certified, organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO -- no tricks with this treat! And feel free to dig back in your bag for seconds: the bite-sized, individually wrapped portions will set you back only 65 calories.

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