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Fun Halloween Candy Alternatives

Updated on August 16, 2017
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Rachel Wesley is an American author and online freelance writer. She writes for several online businesses and has published two books.


Kids Love More Than Just Candy

Thankfully, trick or treaters aren't only seeking sticky treats to rot their teeth or keep them up all night, (although they don't mind getting those too!). They are also thrilled with something that lasts a little bit longer!

Kids won't be the only ones that are happy to see that they received something of substance, parents will be relieved that they won't have to inspect more candy, and that their kids are getting something that they can actually make some use of.

Here are some really fun alternatives that are sure to make your home the best stop on the block. And as an added bonus, most of these alternatives are actually a lot cheaper than buying candy anyway.

Two birds, one stone!

Not Sure What To Choose?


There are some really great alternatives to candy. One of my personal favorites are the glow-sticks. They serve more than one purpose, and they are a whole lot cheaper than buying candy!

Their purposes? They glow, so they are fun to play with in the dark. They also help keep children safe because they are more visible. They are safe so you don't have to feel guilty about giving out something unhealthy or unsafe. And really, who doesn't love things that glow in the dark?

Glow-sticks come in many shapes and sizes, so your options are virtually limitless. Necklaces and other "wearable" forms are really popular, and also incredibly convenient.

Necklaces aren't the only form glow-sticks can be used in, there are bracelets, head bands, rings, and even some big enough to wrap around like a belt. Some are made to connect with others like them and some are simple straight as sticks to just generally play with.

For an extra bit of fun, they also come in lightsaber form. Epic lightsaber sounds not included; must be performed manually!

Bouncy Balls

Bouncy Balls are, well, they are bouncy balls! Kids love these things. They are super fun, last a long time, and can be used over and over. Plus, some of them also glow in the dark!

They are more for indoor use but most kids don't really dig too far into the Halloween treat bags until they get home anyway. You might not be the most popular giver among parents with little bouncy balls flying all over their houses, but the children are certain to have hours of enjoyment with them.

The biggest downside though to bouncy balls is that they might not really be great for really young children, you know, the ones that still stick everything in their mouths. So just be aware of that.

If you see some really young trick or treaters and aren't really comfortable giving them bouncy balls, opt for a different method for them. The glow-sticks mentioned above are usually perfect for this as they are fun and safer for little ones.

Temporary Tattoos

Tattoos, whether glow in the dark or just regular are always a kid favorite. They can be given to younger and older kids, so you don't have to fret too much about that, and they are incredibly fun!

Most children usually enjoy getting all of the above-mentioned treats as alternatives to candy. In most cases they don't even really realize that they didn't receive something sweet to eat, all they see is something "cool" to go and play with.

Much like the ever amazing scratch and sniff stickers from your childhood. some temporary tattoos now come scented. Children love things that they can interact with. They can spend hours looking at their new tattoos, rubbing over them and having everyone they meet look and smell their new prize. It makes for a happy kid and a lot of fun and cute moments.

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I thought you would never ask! There are some other awesome options that haven't been mentioned yet.

Don't forget that you can also use some of your favorites as well. Everyone has a little creative spark in them, so think of something you would have enjoyed getting as a child trick-or-treating and give that.

It could be something like:

  • Bandanas
  • Inexpensive costume jewelry
  • Halloween themed shoe strings
  • Pencils or pens
  • Crayons
  • or even small Candles

One other option would be to give something homemade, but I would really only recommend doing this if you are giving out to people that you specifically know and that trust you, or if you are doing it in bulk, like at a church event or something similar.

If you do want to go this route, you can make one of your favorites like; fudge, cookies, brownies, chocolate covered pretzels, etc. Then just wrap them up individually in a Ziplock baggy and voila! You have an awesome homemade treat that is sure to please!

On the other hand, if you're still looking for some other non-perishable treats to hand out, look down below and see if you like any of these other kooky options!

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