This year I’ve decided to give out non-candy, non-food Halloween treats to trick-or-treaters.
Might sound boring, right? Candy and Halloween just go together!
I’m encouraging others to do this too. But why would you want to do this, and what can you give out on Halloween that isn’t candy anyway?
I have some good reasons and over 50 fun non-food Halloween treat ideas to share with you!
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Why A Non-Candy Halloween?
Not because I don’t like candy (I LOVE candy), but for several reasons:
1. We could all eat less sugar in our diets.
Apparently America loves candy quite a LOT, because it’s expected that we’ll spend over $2.6 billion on it this year at Halloween! That much money and sugar is just overkill.
Sugar is in so much of what we eat and drink that it’s easy to become addicted without realizing it. While I haven’t banned added sugars from our household, I am trying to be more careful to check ingredients and make better decisions about how much sugar our family eats as we strive to be healthier.
My child eats plenty of sugar on a regular basis and he doesn’t need more sweets. Let alone the tons he’ll get from Halloween events. Having so much candy around just makes me want to eat more of it too!
2. I’m cheap and want more value for my money.
Bags of candy are getting ridiculously expensive! And when kids are literally getting pounds of candy, half or more of it ends up going in the trash.
If I’m going to participate in trick-or-treating, then I’d rather buy small toys and art supplies to hand out that will get played with and used. Even if those things might not last that long.
I’ve listed ideas for non-food items for Halloween below that will work for a variety of budgets. Most of them are relatively inexpensive though. You can always save what isn’t used for next year, or another “kid” event.
SAVINGS TIP: Buy non-food Halloween treats on sale after Halloween to use for next year. They have great sales at Target and Walmart afterwards, and since they aren’t candy, they won’t ever go bad!
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3. My son has severe food allergies.
He’s one of the estimated 5.6 million children under 18 in the U.S. who have food allergies. Instead of Halloween being a fun, exciting time, it’s a very stressful time for us- and for other food allergy families.
Any time he reaches his hand in a candy bowl while trick-or-treating, I cringe, scared of what he’ll pull out. Later we’ll go through the candy and see if he can eat any of it, but I always keep some “safe” treats for him.
All kids should be able to participate and enjoy these fun celebrations, so that’s why I’m participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project® from FARE: the Food Allergy Research & Education organization.
Basically, the Teal Pumpkin Project is encouraging everyone to make Halloween a safer, more inclusive event for all children. Doesn’t that sound great? Millions of children and especially their parents certainly think so!
How To Participate
If you’d like to participate, it’s easy!
Does that mean you can’t give out candy? Nope, that’s not what it means at all!
If you still want to give out candy or other food treats, go right ahead! Just be safe by separating the food treats from the non-food treats, and let kids know they have alternative, non-candy Halloween treat options.
Place a teal pumpkin outside your home, or a sign to let trick-or-treaters know that you offer non-food treats, and that’s basically it! You can also register your home online and let others know about the Project on social media.
Here are some cute, inexpensive options to use in your yard or entry way:
Halloween Non-Food Treats Sign
I also made a cute sign you can print and put on your door or entry way for the evening.
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Non-Food Halloween Treat Ideas
Need some ideas on fun non-food Halloween treats? Check out this big list of over 50 ideas below!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to steer clear of Play-Doh or similar items as they contain wheat, and items like balloons and bandages (band-aids) that are made from latex for those with latex allergies.
You could also use these for school or classroom Halloween parties, or church/community fall fest type events where you might need little prizes.
If you’re short on time, you can also find some of these packs at Walmart, Target, a dollar store, a party store (some of them sell Oriental Trading packs of toys too), Big Lots, or other similar stores.
- Assortment of Mini Notepads, Pencils, Stamps & Erasers
- High Variety Party Favor Assortment
- Halloween Toy Favors Assortment
- Fidget Toys Assortment
- Unicorn Assortment
Pencils & Erasers
- Halloween Pencils
- Block Brick Pencils
- Dr. Seuss Pencils
- Emoji Pencils
- Halloween Erasers
- Pumpkin Erasers
- Emoji Erasers
- Mini Animal Erasers
Mini Coloring or Activity Books
- Mini Assorted Notebooks
- Mini Coloring Books
- Mini Game/Puzzle Books
- Mini Space Coloring Books
- Mini Unicorn Notepads
- Mini Crayon Packs
- 3D Puzzle Foam Craft Kits
- Mini Watercolor Kids Paint Sets
- Emoji Stamps
- Halloween Stamps
- Glow in the Dark Toys
- Smile Maze Puzzles
- Mini Chinese Paper Yoyos
- Superhero Masks
- Halloween Masks
- Variety of Character Masks
- Silly Straws
- Bubble Wands
- Airplane Gliders
- Glow Sticks
- Mini Springs (Think Slinky)
- Small Water Bottles (Have you seen this canned water and this boxed water??)
- Kazoos or Noisemakers
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