Ditch the Candy: 9 Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters

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October 02, 2019

Photo By: Ariel Skelley

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Let's face it, we all love candy, but too much can make anyone sick. Plus, a lot of the candy given out on Halloween is filled with artificial coloring and flavors, two things you may not want your child eating. And, if you have a child with food allergies, Halloween can feel like a stressful time filled with checking labels, figuring out what’s safe and endlessly negotiating what they can and cannot eat.

If you opt for giving out non-candy treats, don’t forget to place a teal pumpkin outside of your home. This lets families with kids who have allergies know that you are giving out non-candy treats that are safe for all kids!

Spooky Pencils

Pencils are one of those things you can never have enough of, and these Halloween-themed pencils are so much fun.

BUY IT: Amazon, $13

Bouncy Balls

There’s nothing more fun than a good bouncy ball! This set of 72 Halloween-themed balls are perfect for trick-or-treaters.

BUY IT: Amazon, $9

Glow-in-the-Dark Critters

There’s something about glow-in-the-dark toys that makes all children go crazy for them. These 144 creepy crawlers are a really fun toy to give out on Halloween night. Don’t forget to leave them close to a light so they’re glowing when the trick-or-treaters come.

BUY IT: Amazon, $7

Halloween Stamps

This pack comes with 50 stamps featuring all sorts of spooky icons. The ink in these little stampers will last way past Halloween night!

BUY IT: Amazon, $8

Halloween Foam Gliders

Give an activity the kids can put together once they get home. This pack of 48 gliders will be a neighborhood favorite!

BUY IT: Amazon, $12


You can never go wrong with Play-Doh! This set comes with 36, 3-ounce cans of assorted Play-Doh colors. Kids will cheer when they see this in your treat bucket.

BUY IT: Amazon, $25

Stretchy Skeleton

Remember those stretchy toys that were popular when we were kids? They’re making a comeback this Halloween! This pack of 48 skeletons comes in assorted colors.

BUY IT: Amazon, $14

Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets

This classic toy is loved by all kids and adds an extra layer of safety while out trick-or-treating in the dark. Place this pile of 100 bracelets in a big vase and let the kids pick their favorite colors.

BUY IT: Amazon, $9

Halloween Toy Pack

Don’t want to go through the trouble of buying several different toys? Save yourself some time and get this set that comes with 156 Halloween-themed trinkets.

BUY IT: Amazon, $17

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