The Best Eco-Friendly Halloween Treats
Halloween is always a fun holiday — until you think about all the environmental harm that comes from those Halloween treats you hand out to trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, there are a variety of eco-friendly Halloween treats you can give that are better for the environment and your trick-or-treaters will love.
Before trick-or-treat night rolls around this year, learn more about the best eco-friendly Halloween treats you can hand out that will please every witch, goblin, and superhero in your neighborhood.
Celebrating an Eco-Friendly Halloween
Whether it’s waste from candy wrapped in individual pieces of plastic or the dangers from pesticides and other chemicals used to grow ingredients to make candy, the treats you hand out on Halloween can have some pretty scary negative impacts on the environment.
If you’re looking to have an eco-friendly Halloween and you’ve already put together your DIY Halloween costume, your next step is to get some eco-friendly Halloween treats to hand out to all of your trick-or-treaters.
In an ideal world, you’d be able to purchase eco-friendly Halloween treats that are organic, sustainably harvested, made using Fair Trade practices, AND packaged in easily recyclable materials. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world.
Therefore, you might have to make some compromises when purchasing your treats. For example, while some of these treats are made using Fair Trade practices and organic ingredients, they might come in plastic wrapping.
However, we did our best to find the most eco-friendly Halloween candy options possible. Now you can rest easy knowing the treats you’re handing out are better for the environment and the children.
Plus, we even included a few non-candy options if you would prefer to give out something healthier for Halloween!
Recycling Candy and Snack Wrappers
Some waste around Halloween is unavoidable. After all, we have to have individually wrapped candies to keep them safe to eat.
But instead of just throwing those wrappers away, one unique way you can have a zero waste Halloween is by getting a TerraCycle box for candy and snack wrappers. Simply collect candy wrappers in your TerraCycle box, ship it to them for free, and they’ll safely and sustainably recycle the wrappers.
The TerraCycle Box can accept individual, multi-pack, and family-size snack bags and wrappers, including candy, chip, and granola wrappers.
1. Endangered Species Bug Bites
Endangered Species chocolate bars are my favorite treats to turn to when I need something sweet. They’re made with ethically traded and sustainably grown cocoa, free of GMOs, and a portion of the profits help support wildlife conservation efforts.
Of course, as much as kids in my neighborhood would love it, handing out large chocolate bars for Halloween isn’t exactly financially feasible.
That’s why I’m so happy that the company also offers Endangered Species Chocolate Bites. These individually wrapped chocolate squares are made with the same sustainable and environmentally friendly practices as the large bars.
A portion of the net profits also go toward supporting conservation efforts. Plus, the back of each package comes with an educational and fun fact about the endangered species.
2. Equal Exchange Chocolates
Equal Exchange chocolates are bite-sized Fair Trade chocolates made with organic ingredients and cacao sourced from democratic co-ops. These worker-owned co-ops benefit small-scale farmers in Latin America and ensure an equitable supply chain.
3. Glee Gum
Glee Gum is an excellent choice if you’re looking for eco-friendly Halloween candy that’s environmentally and socially responsible.
The gum is made using sustainably harvested chicle (tree sap) instead of a synthetic mix of materials and plastics. The ingredients are also Non-GMO Project Verified and don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.
The company that makes Glee Gum works in a solar-powered building. Plus, the gum comes in cardboard packaging that’s easy to recycle.
4. YumEarth Organic Lollipops
If you tend to get a lot of trick or treaters at your door, a bulk bag of YumEarth Organic Lollipops is a fantastic option. These lollipops are USDA Organic, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified, dairy-free, and nut-free.
They also don’t contain any artificial colors or flavors. Instead, they’re flavored and colored with real fruit juice.
5. YumEarth Organic Sour Beans
Another excellent option from YumEarth are these YumEarth Organic Sour Beans. Just like the lollipops, the Sour Beans are vegan, USDA Organic, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, made without artificial flavors or colors, and free from the top food allergens.
6. Unreal Candy
If you want to hand out candy but you’re interested in something that offers a little less sugar than traditional candy bars, go with Unreal Candy.
These candies are vegan and gluten-free. They’re also made using Non-GMO Project Verified and Fair Trade certified ingredients. Plus, since the company doesn’t use sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners, some candies have as little as 3 grams of sugar per piece!
7. GoOrganic Fruit Chews
If you’d rather hand out fruity snacks instead of candy, GoOrganic Fruit Chews are a fantastic option. These individually wrapped fruit chew packs are gluten-free and USDA Certified Organic.
8. Alter Eco
For a slightly indulgent Halloween treat, consider Alter Eco chocolates. These candies offer plenty of impressive sustainable benefits.
They’re made with Fair Trade, organic, and non-GMO ingredients. The company itself is committed to reforestation and carbon neutrality practices. To top it all off, the candies even come wrapped in compostable wrappers.
9. Temporary Tattoos
If you don’t want to hand out food treats or you’re participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, temporary Halloween tattoos are an excellent option.
If you’re not familiar with the Teal Pumpkin Project, it’s a movement to hand out non-food treats to make Halloween safe and inclusive for all children. And it’s near and dear to my heart.
My son has an egg and peanut allergy, which makes trick-or-treating a bit… well… tricky. When he gets back, we go through his haul like every other parent. But we have to remove candies that are literally life-threatening, and it often leaves him with very little to enjoy.
With the Teal Pumpkin Project, you place a teal pumpkin on your porch to let trick-or-treaters know you have non-food goodies available.
These temporary tattoos are an excellent eco-friendly option for the Teal Pumpkin Project because they’re made with non-toxic ink. Plus, kids always have fun putting on temporary tattoos.
If you’re interested in participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can also get a 140-piece kit that comes with everything you need or check out this list of the best Teal Pumpkin treats.
10. Pencils and Erasers
The great thing about pencils and erasers is that they’re something kids can actually use. Plus, they come in fun designs that kids will enjoy.
Exciting Eco-Friendly Halloween Treats
Your trick-or-treat night doesn’t have to produce a ton of excess waste. Instead, you can enjoy a more sustainable holiday that’s better for the environment and safer for the children when you choose to hand out some of these eco-friendly Halloween treats.
More Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips
Now that you see how easy it is to get eco-friendly Halloween treats, are you ready to make all of your holidays more sustainable? Then be sure to check out some of our other popular posts:
- Celebrating an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving
- The Best Eco-Friendly Gifts
- How to Have an Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day
- Easy Steps to Celebrate an Eco-Friendly Easter
- Outstanding Eco-Friendly Gifts for Mother’s Day