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Fun Halloween Candy Alternatives

Updated on October 13, 2020
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Kids Enjoy More Than Candy

Halloween is quickly approaching, and with it comes the massive purchase and consumption of candy. Halloween candy is a staple of the holiday, and children and adults alike look forward to indulging in its sweet, unhealthy embrace.

There's nothing wrong with that, either, according to some experts. However, not all children can or should eat generous amounts of 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 bit longer!

Kids won't be the only ones that are happy to see that they received something of substance. Parents are often relieved that they won't have to inspect more candy. They may be happy that their kids are getting something that they can make some use of.

If you prefer something a bit different from the typical candy bar or gummy packet, consider these Halloween candy alternatives. They are sure to make your home the best stop on the block. As a bonus, most of these alternatives are cheaper than buying candy, so Two birds, one stone!

You want something fun but not too pricey or dangerous for small children.

Glow Sticks

One fantastic candy alternative is handing out glow sticks. They serve more than one purpose and will save you money when compared to buying candy.

Glow sticks are fun to play with, and children can use them right away if they like. They can also help children be more visible. They are non-toxic, so you don't have to feel guilty about giving out something unhealthy or unsafe. Who doesn't love things that glow in the dark?

Glow sticks come in many shapes and sizes. Your options are virtually limitless. Necklaces and other "wearable" forms are popular and convenient. There are also bracelets, headbands, rings, and even belts. Some are designed to connect, and others are straight to wave around and play with.

For an extra bit of fun, they also come in lightsaber form. Epic lightsaber sounds 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.

Have a Little More Time and Want to Share a Story?

Want A Couple More Fun Ideas?

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
  • General party favors
  • Silly string
  • 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 voilà! 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 options!

What do you hand out?

Do You Give Out Candy Or Other Treats?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Rachel Wesley

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