I thought of making dark chocolate dipped fruit and nuts and individually packaging them in baggies but let's face it...when their parents are sorting through the candy bag that night looking for needles and unwrapped items one of the 1st things that will go is the unlabeled, homemade, chocolate dipped fruit for fear that it has been laced with something(I wouldn't dare..or would I....mehaha!)
I did not give up there though. So far I have come up with a couple some great alternatives, two of which involve honey. Honey happens to be a natural energy booster, helps the immune system (perfect time of year for that) and has been known to heal many other ailments or centuries. "Yes, Timmy you can have a Halloween treat before school! In fact I encourage it if it is made of honey."
HONEY STIX: These are a great alternative. They come in many different flavors and ironically resemble those dyed sugar "pixie stix".
Sesame Sticks: These are super tasty and again so much better for children. They come individually wrapped and are typically easy to find and inexpensive. They have them at our local Granary in bulk.
Fruit leathers are also a good sweet treat to pass out. I found this picture with a quick search on the Internet but most "green" sections of the grocery have their own brand. Do not mistake these for "fruit roll ups" that can be packed with preservatives and unnatural sweeteners like HFCS. READ THAT LABEL!