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Halloween Treats In Hospitals

Updated on July 10, 2014

Halloween Treats In Hospitals

Halloween is a time for dressing up, trick or treating, and stuffing yourself full of candy - right? Well, to some it is, but for many children in hospitals or with medical challenges, candy, or even solid food, is not something that they can eat.

Having spent some time in children's hospitals observing holiday celebrations, I have noticed that parents, friends, and even medical professionals do their best to make sure all holidays are fun and special for children who are hospitalized - but even they are sometimes at a loss in fulfilling the "treat" part of "trick or treating".

So, I'm offering my top five suggestions for treats for Halloween celebrations in hospitals - these suggestions can also be used for doctors and dentists offices, schools, or anywhere else you do not wish to provide candy to children. Happy Halloween!

#1 Halloween Rubber Duckies

My first suggestion for a non-candy Halloween treat is my very favorite - these adorable Halloween themed rubber duckies! Everyone loves a rubber ducky, and seeing these little guys dressed up for the holidays is sure to bring a smile to children and adults alike! These come dressed as a pumpkin, ghost, mummy, Frankenstein, witch, cat and vampire, and they'll provide fun long after Halloween is over! This assorted set is two dozen, and they are very affordable.

#2 Halloween Silly Bandz

Silly Bandz are the craze sweeping the nation - shaped rubber bracelets in bright colors are likely on a child's wrist near you. These Halloween themed Silly Bandz are sure to be in demand. Kids will mix and match and trade with friends this Halloween, so sit back and enjoy while they go nuts over the latest Silly Bandz! These come in a package of 24 and are very affordable.

#3 Halloween Play-Doh

Who doesn't love Play-Doh? No one! These fun-sized canisters are perfect for giving out as a Halloween treat. Encourage the kids to break them open and mold their own ghosts, pumpkins and black cats!

#4 Make A Pumpkin Sticker Craft Set

This adorable pumpkin sticker craft set has assorted eyes, eyebrows, noses and mouths - kids mix and match to create their own personal jack-o-lantern! These come in sets of 12.

#5 Pumpkin Bubbles

Bubbles are guaranteed to make anyone smile, and these jack-o-lantern bubble sets are adorable! These fun little bubble bottles contain about .6 oz. of bubble solution. The wand is attached to inside of cap, so they are easy to use and clean up. This package is for 48 bubble containers!


Before giving any treats to hospitalized children, be sure to check that it is age-appropriate and you have permission from their parents and doctors. Some treats listed here may not be suitable for very young kids. Be safe!

What are your favorite alternatives to candy?

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      simanrai 5 years ago

      Its a great thing that Halloween is a time for dressing up, trick or treating,

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      sunlightseer 5 years ago

      Great alternative treat ideas. Thanks for sharing about what many of us forget.

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      After just spending almost 3 weeks up and down to the hospital with 2 of my kiddies ill, I KNOW how depressing it can be for them... Lovely thought-provoking lens, thank you. Blessed by a SquidAngel x

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thank you for an important reminder, and for a very nice lens.

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      wondering-tharpe 5 years ago

      great lens ty

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      Marckahn54 5 years ago

      Its a great lens and good treats to offer.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      Neat ideas

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Spending time in a hospital during a holiday can be so depressing for a child. These things will help make a brighter day during their hospital stay.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Such great ideas. You sometimes forget that kids will be spending Halloween in the hospital. This is a great way to help them enjoy the holiday too.

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      APackageAtTheDoor 6 years ago

      Having spent two weeks in a hospital when I was 5 years old, I think this is a great idea and a great lens. Thanks!!