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Zero Waste Candy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters

It’s that time of the year again where we can bring out the cute Halloween decorations and plan for fun holiday activities. For fellow Halloween lovers, trick-or-treating might be the first thing that comes to mind. Today we discuss how you can approach trick-or-treating this year (and every year thereafter!) in low waste fashion. Keep reading for our favorite zero waste candy alternatives for trick-or-treaters.


Bulk Candy

We all know buying in bulk is a great way to reduce waste on one's grocery adventures, but did we ever think about how it can help us reduce waste during the holidays? If you have bulk options near you, consider bringing your produce bags to the store and filling up on a few treats. Then when you get home, consider packaging the candy in a sustainable material such as 100% recycled paper snack baggies.

*Our recommended snack baggies can be found here.

Sweets in Recyclable or Compostable Packaging

While many candies are packaged in single-use plastic packaging, we are happy to see many companies stepping up their ecofriendly games and offering compostable or recyclable packaging. Our recommendations can be found below.

  1. Alter Eco Truffles. These epic truffles are the only truffles we know of that come in 100% compostable wrappers. 
  2. Junior Mints. These little guys come in recyclable boxes, and are the perfect serving size for kids. Find a 72-count $23 dollars here.
  3. Nerds. Yes, nerds is another candy you can find in recyclable boxes. While they are not the healthiest treat, they certainly are packaged more sustainably than the other candies on the market. Find a 14-count for $16 here.

    Fresh Fruit

    You may have rolled your eyes as you read fresh fruit, but we are serious! Fruit is a sweet treat that provides a healthier alternative to candy. Consider the follow fruits. Get creative! Consider using a non-toxic market to draw spooky faces on the fruits that have inedible peels.

    1. Oranges
    2. Apples
    3. Bananas 

    Inedible Alternatives


    Try something new this Halloween by offering an inedible treat to your trick-or-treaters. Your treat will most likely be the most unique offering of the night! Check out the fun and sustainable alternatives below.

    1. Tiny ecofriendly notebook for writing/doodling
    2. Ecofriendly pencils. Check out this option by Three Leaf Pens & Paper or this option by Sprout
    3. Reusable tote bag
    4. Small succulent cutting or plant

    Homemade goodies

    As always, making something from scratch or even just partially homemade takes more time. This is why most people go out and spend 10 minutes buying bags of candy! However, taking an extra hour out of your day once a year to bake some yummy cookies or rice crispies can go a long way. Making homemade sweets can contain zero waste and provide children with the highest quality goodies they’ll get all night. It can also be fun to bake, so if that’s your hobby already, you might as well put it to use here! Baking homemade candies or treats can be a simple add-on to all those hours you put into decorating your house beforehand. Here are some fun ideas for making homemade treats, but feel free to create your own unique recipes!

    1. Candy corn filled rice krispies
    2. Orange M&M filled brownies
    3. Ghost shaped marshmallows
    4. “Candied apple” slices

    It's important to ask the parents of the children trick-or-treating if their child has any food allergies. This goes for any goodies you are handing out, not just homemade ones!

    Thanks for joining us another blog post on the {Zero} Waste Kit blog! We hope you feel inspired to kick your eco anxiety to the curb and continue on your journeys to zero waste badassery. If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them below. Lastly, don’t forget to share this post with someone who would appreciate it! 

    Say hello to our guest author, Jason! Jason is attending Emory University and is studying Business and Environmental Management. He loves skiing, the environment, and his foodie lifestyle, brought to life by his Instagram @eats.byjay.


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    • A few of the inedible alternatives are not good options. The plastic sunglasses, wind up toys, erasers, will all eventually make there way to a landfill.

      Patti Blust

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