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Fun Halloween Candy Alternatives For Kids

Updated on October 5, 2014

Halloween Candy Alternatives

There are plenty of good alternatives to hand out to children for Halloween instead of candy. As a mom, I know how much my kids love to go trick or treating and bring home loads of candy, but I'm really glad when they are given something other than candy.

I've got a variety of suggestions for you including healthy food alternatives and small toys that will still bring smiles to your trick or treaters faces. Candy doesn't have to be the only things kids get for this spooky holiday.

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Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Glow Sticks
Glow Sticks

I remember how much I loved going Trick or Treat as a kid and getting candy and I also know how I feel as a mom as I see my kids getting tons of sugary candy. Fortunately, there are some great alternatives that will still please kids.

To start with, consider handing out glow sticks. Kids can use them immediately if they choose as it will be night time. They're bright and colorful and kids can play with them when they get home. If you buy a large amount of them, they can be quite cost effective. Even teenagers will get in on the fun.

What I personally like about this idea is that most kids will choose to use them immediately, meaning that they will become more visible to any drivers in the area. This is particularly handy in neighborhoods that are not well lit.

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Glow Sticks

Lumistick 10 Inch Glow Sticks - Glow Sticks With Necklace and Bracelet Connectors - Glowstick Bundle Party Bracelets (100, Assorted)
Lumistick 10 Inch Glow Sticks - Glow Sticks With Necklace and Bracelet Connectors - Glowstick Bundle Party Bracelets (100, Assorted)

These come in 5 different colors and will glow for 8-12 hours. With 100 glow sticks in this pack, it works out to less than 10 cents each.


Candy Alternatives For Halloween

Kids love stickers. If you have a local dollar type store, you can purchase stickers and cut them up to be able to give them out individually. These type of stores also carry mini coloring and activity books. Another idea is to give out temporary tattoos.

Online, you can find some good deals on silly bandz and slap bracelets. Younger kids particularly enjoy these and they can be purchased at reasonable prices.

Are you crafty? If so, how about making some Halloween bookmarks for the children? Most kids of all ages enjoy bubbles. You might additionally consider some sidewalk chalk.

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Fun Express, Metal Slap Bracelet Assortment
Fun Express, Metal Slap Bracelet Assortment

What a deal these are and there are some that appeal to boys and others that appeal to girls.

Silly Bandz Pets - 24 Pack
Silly Bandz Pets - 24 Pack

These fun and colorful bandz return to their original shape after being worn.


What to Give Out for Halloween

Bag of Balloons
Bag of Balloons

Drop a couple of balloons into a trick or treaters bag. If you don't mind spending a bit more, give out small cans of Play-Doh. (This was always one of my kids favorite items to get.)

Kids love toys. Consider buying a bag of dinosaur toys for boys and a bag of plastic rings for girls and hand them out accordingly. These can usually be a good value for the money. You can also give out pencils, but should you choose this, I would suggest decorative ones to make it more fun. A small box of crayons is also usually appreciated.

If you would like to stick to a Halloween theme, give kids plastic Halloween rings or vampire fangs,

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Kids Glow in the Dark Dracula Vampire Fangs (12pk) by RIN
Kids Glow in the Dark Dracula Vampire Fangs (12pk) by RIN

Don't these look like fun? My kids have had a lot of fun when they've received these in the past. I love that they glow.

U.S. Toy 4-Pack Kid Fun Crayons - 72 packs
U.S. Toy 4-Pack Kid Fun Crayons - 72 packs

Crayons can be used for so many fun projects and this is a real deal. You get enough for 72 kids for less than $15.


Rings are always fun!

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Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats
Halloween Treats

Should you prefer to give kids some kind of a treat, but want to go a healthy route, there are many options available. You can still give out candy, but give kids sugarless candy. Another option is sugar free gum.

One of my children's favorite non candy treats have been miniature bags of pretzels. You can also hand out bags of microwavable popcorn. As tempting as it may be to make popcorn and hand it out, I wouldn't suggest it.

I would never let my kids eat the popcorn as I don't always know the people who own the houses my kids trick or treat at and I don't want to take any chances. There have been too many horror stories involved with kids and poisoned food.

However, there are still many other healthy options including crackers, juice boxes, boxes of raisins and granola bars.

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Nature Valley Granola Bars

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats 'N Honey, 98-Count 1.49oz bars
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats 'N Honey, 98-Count 1.49oz bars

This delicious candy alternative is 100% natural with no artificial colors or flavoring. It's tasty and nutritious.


Healthy Halloween

As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to what to hand out for Halloween if you want to avoid giving candy. The one thing that can be tricky is trying to hand out something that kids of all ages enjoy. With candy, you don't have to worry, but with some alternatives you do.

What I have found that works well is to get a variety of items, (if you're give out nonfood items,) and place them on a tray. When kids come to the door, let each one pick one item they would like. This way, everyone gets something that they like.

If you prefer to stick to only one item, glow sticks or Capri Suns would work.

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Capri Sun Juice Drink Blend, Fruit Punch, Value Pack 180 fz (Pack of 1)
Capri Sun Juice Drink Blend, Fruit Punch, Value Pack 180 fz (Pack of 1)

This value pack comes with 30 pouches of fruit punch. What I particularly like about this box is that the packets contain 25% less sugar than the original.

Bubbles - 0.6 oz size - 24 per unit colors vary
Bubbles - 0.6 oz size - 24 per unit colors vary

In an assortment of colors, these bubbles come in a package of 24 and cost less than $4.00.


What's your favorite thing to get for Halloween?

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    • chrisilouwho profile image


      4 years ago

      These are great suggestions. We give out a combination of candy and alternative treats. It began when my neice developed allergies but when I realized how our stickers and glow sticks were so well received, I vowed to increase these types of treats a little each year.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      You've got some good ideas here. We usually give out candy, but sometimes change it up. Another idea that we have given out were super balls; the ones that bounce really high. I love the idea of the glow sticks, play doh, crayons, and slap bracelets. Thanks for the ideas. : )

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      Richard Binary 

      4 years ago

      Great idea and help for the parents of those kids who return from Trick or Treating high on a giant sugar rush for the rest of the night! Sticker sheets and temporary tattoos in the basket for them this year!

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @thebookhill: They're a lot of fun.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @atomicgirl24: That's good to hear!

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Merrci: The glow in the drak bracelets are even fun at my age.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: The dentists would certainly have an increase in business.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Kim Milai: Thank you!

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      4 years ago

      Last time I went it was only for the chocolate. Today, the same. But I kinda like the glow sticks too!

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      4 years ago

      This is a great idea. It amazes me how many people just ply kids with candy all the time and don't think of the health consequences, so I'm all for providing better alternatives.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great suggestion! I especially love the glow in the dark bracelets! Bubbles would be fun too

    • Kim Milai profile image

      Kim Milai 

      4 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I love candies AND all alternatives. What I don't love is the fact, we have only one Halloween per year. What about having it ones per month, or maybe even on weekly basis? Every Friday, maybe?


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