Allergy-Friendly Candy, Sustainable Costume Ideas, and More Tips for a Healthy Halloween

October 3, 2022

Ghouls, goblins, ghosts, and… gluten-free candy? 

If you’re working with food allergies, it can be tricky to navigate the candy aisle when shopping for sweets to fill your trick-or-treat bag. With that in mind, we’re making it easy to find healthy Halloween treats that suit any dietary restriction, from dairy-free to sugar-free and everything in between. 

While we’re at it, we’re also considering all the other ways to make Halloween a bit healthier: things like cutting down on waste when choosing a costume and planning a Halloween party that’s both spooky and sustainable. If you’re getting ready for chilly nights and Halloween festivities, check out our complete guide to making Halloween a whole lot more savvy than scary.

Allergy-Free Halloween Candies 

Whether you’re looking for gluten-free Halloween candy, nut-free Halloween candy, dairy-free Halloween candy, or other healthy Halloween treats, we’ve got you—and your little ones—covered. 

YumEarth Sour Giggles Chewy Candy Bites 
These gluten-free Halloween candies come in flavors like green apple, lemon, orange, strawberry, and grape, and are made with only organic ingredients.
The good stuff: Gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free 

Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels
Delicious caramel without dairy? Cocomels made it possible with a creative coconut milk swap. Try them in flavors like sea salt, vanilla, or original coconut.
The good stuff: Gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free

YumEarth, Organic Black Licorice
For licorice fans, YumEarth makes a gluten-free version that’s safe for just about anyone with food allergies. 
The good stuff: Gluten-free, dairy-free, organic

SmartSweets, Red Twists
These berry-flavored, licorice-like candies are sweetened with natural allulose, monk fruit, and stevia and free from artificial flavors. 
The good stuff: Gluten-free, low-sugar, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free

Lily’s Sweets Sour Gummy Worms
Instead of conventional sugar, these gummies are sweetened with stevia for those looking to cut down on sugar. 
The good stuff: Low-sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free

Lily’s Sweets, Gummy Bears
Sweetened with stevia instead of sugar, these fruity gummy bears have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. 
The good stuff: Low-sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free

SmartSweets Sweet Fish
Sweet gummy candies without the icky ingredients are SmartSweets’ specialty. These bright red gummy fish are a low-sugar, allergy-friendly version of one of your favorite classic gummy candies. 
The good stuff: Low-sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free  

Cocomels Low Sugar Coconut Milk Caramels 
These dairy-free caramels are sweetened with allulose and monk fruit, so they’re low-sugar and keto-friendly.
The good stuff: Sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, organic


Healthy Halloween Treats (That Aren’t Candy)

Joolies Pitted Date Snack Packs
In lieu of candy in your trick-or-treat offerings, go for nature’s candy: sweet, chewy dates picked fresh in California. 

Thrive Market Goods Paleo Snack Mix
Planning a Halloween party with paleo guests on the list? Hand out these paleo snack packs in flavors like Savory, Chipotle BBQ and Ranch.

LesserEvil Organic Popcorn Halloween Snack Pack
Everyone loves popcorn, so everyone is sure to love these better-for-you popcorn packs made with coconut oil and Himalayan pink salt.

Annie’s Organic Crispy Snack Bars
These individually wrapped snack bars are gooey, sweet, and gluten-free. 

Honest Kids Appley Ever After Kid’s Drink Pouch
Instead of sugary soft drinks, hand out naturally sweet (and seasonal) apple juice pouches.


Healthy Halloween Party Foods & Beverages 

Planning a party? These recipes for healthy Halloween treats will feed your whole group of ghouls and goblins (no matter what their dietary restrictions may be). 

Rosemary Apple Picnic Pies

Spiders on a Log

Homemade Twix Bars

DIY Keto, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Almond Joys

Chocolate-Covered Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Honey Almond Popcorn Balls

Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars


Sustainable Halloween Tips 

  • Instead of buying a costume, make your own using reclaimed fabric scraps and repurposed thrift store finds. Need some inspiration? Become a mummy by using torn-up bed sheets; create a cactus costume by dying an old sweatsuit green tying on white yarn for needles; or make your own robot costume using the cardboard from Thrive Market boxes! 
  • Skip the store-bought trick-or-treat bags and use a basket, a reusable tote, or an old pillowcase. 
  • Save some plastic by skipping the individual bags and simply allowing trick-or-treaters to grab their own selection from communal bowls of candy. 
  • Most Halloween decorations are pretty wasteful. Instead, create authentic seasonal decor with what you find in nature or around the house: carve your own jack-o-lanterns, create luminaries out of painted tin cans, or make a giant spider web by using scraps of yarn from other crafts.
  • Be conscious of the waste at your Halloween bash. Instead of single-use plastic, choose compostable plates, compostable utensils, and sustainable food wrap for any leftovers. 

Trick-or-Treat Health & Safety Tips 

Stay safe from spooky germs with these Halloween cleaning and safety tips for your party or trick-or-treating excursion. 

Rosey All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes, Fresh Lemon
Wipe up high-traffic surfaces like counters and candy baskets with these easy-to-use cleaning wipes without the harsh chemicals. 

Thrive Market Organic Hand Sanitizer Spray, Peppermint
Spritz trick-or-treaters’ hands with this convenient hand sanitizer spray. 

wellmade Organic Elderberry Syrup
Support little ones’ immune systems before the big night out with this elderberry syrup that’s sweetened with coconut sugar. 

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Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts is Thrive Market's Senior Editorial Writer. She is based in Los Angeles via Pittsburgh, PA.

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