When it comes to trick or treats—we all choose treats! However, if the thought of your little monsters eating handfuls of store-bought candy filled with refined sugar, added coloring, and chemical additives sends a shiver down your spine, I’ve got a serious trick up my sleeve.

Try handing out these eight homemade Halloween treats—they’re a fun, healthier take on store-bought sweets, and they’re frightfully delicious…

1. Classic Caramel Corn

A classic crunchy, chewy, caramel-coated Halloween snack—caramel corn can be wrapped in ghost and witch themed baggies and filled to the brim with a homemade recipe made with canola oil, air popped corn, unsalted butter, sea salt, vanilla extract, and light brown sugar. You can even add raw nuts and chocolate chips for added flavor. This version features only natural ingredients from your panty instead of spooky trans-fat oils and refined sugars.

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2. Halloween Chocolate & Caramel Covered Marshmallows

If you scream for marshmallow treats on a stick—you’ll go absolutely batty for these tiger-tail inspired Halloween chocolate and caramel covered marshmallows! Enlist the help of your little goblins to help decorate treats like ghastly ghosts, perfect pumpkins, and wicked witches using colored sprinkles.

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3. Candy Corn Butterfingers

Its scary stuff (in a good way) when you’re favorite Halloween treats can be prepared at home using just 3 simple ingredients. These candy corn butterfingers are seriously supernatural in taste—made with melted candy corn, melted peanut butter, and melted chocolate.

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Source: Southern in the City

4. Halloween Trash Trail Mix

This monster mash of naturally sweet treats—like banana chips, nuts, mini pretzels, and dried fruits—won’t have you scouring the trash bins after midnight. Inspired by bagged Chex mix, you can pack your version of Halloween Trash Trail Mix into spook-tac-u-lar mini baggies.  Don’t be a scaredy-cat! Infuse your own favorite nuts, dried fruits, and candies into the mix!

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5. Halloween Candy Apples

Nothing takes the bite out of the crisp autumn air like a candy apple. And the apples in this Halloween basket are all dressed up for trick or treating! You already know your door-to-door guests will be awestruck by dem apples when they’re rolled in chocolate and colored sprinkles and mounted on sticks for the perfect portable treat!

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Source: Southern Living

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6. Jumbo Jello Frankenstein and Bride Gummies

Frankenstein and his bride may scare the wits out of the little ones in person, but make them into sweet, giant gummies for eating and suddenly everyone wants a monster in his or her basket! Using candy-sized Halloween Jello molds, mix unflavored gelatin with your favorite JELL-O flavored package. I like to stick with red, yellow, and orange to flatter the season.

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7. Gooey Monster Cookies

If you’re little monsters are intent on attending Monster University this Halloween, initiate them properly by tucking these gooey monster treats into their knapsacks. Gooey Monster Eye Cookies are a colorful ode to everything Mike Wazowski (from the Disney movie) baked warm in greens, blues, pinks, and oranges with lots of eye balls, of course!

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8. Witches Hat Cookies

You’ll hear the cackles and shrieks of joy round the entire neighborhood when you present innocent little trick-or-treaters with these chocolate covered cookies shaped like hats on the witching hour. Each hat is simply a round vanilla wafer cookie covered in decadent chocolate with a Hershey kiss on top!

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Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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