No Candy on Halloween?
I know what you’re thinking: Halloween is all about the candy. That’s what I thought too, until a couple years ago when I started handing out some alternatives. My husband was sure our house would get egged or toliet-papered, but I took the risk anyway! Our trick-or-treaters loved getting something a little out of the ordinary, and parents appreciated it, too!
Why not give out candy? I’m not anti-sweets, that’s for sure! It all started with the dang twenty dollar bags of candy! Candy is ridiculously expensive when you get the good stuff (which I would)! Then, with the dwindling number of trick-or-treaters I’d be left with candy galore and no self-control. So, one year I decided to try something different that was less expensive, and that I wouldn’t be tempted to devour.
Now, I’m not recommending you give out fruit and toothbrushes! Check out my list below!
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5 Non Candy Halloween Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
Non Candy Halloween Treat #1: Microwaveable Popcorn
Popcorn could be an after-school snack for the day after Halloween, and that saltiness will balance out some of the sweet! Plus, have you ever dumped a bag of M&Ms into a steaming hot bag of freshly popped kernels?! Try it! You can get buttery store brand popcorn at $5 for 24 individually wrapped packs. Check out my FREE printable Halloween Popcorn Labels HERE!
Non Candy Halloween Treat #2: Drink Pouches
Who doesn’t need a little refreshment during long hours of walking neighborhoods scavenging for candy! I’ve found these to be a hit. You could even have them on ice if you wanted to step up your game. I found some Halloween themed ones at Sam’s Club (around $5 for 40!!), but any will do!
Non Candy Halloween Treat #3: Glow Sticks
Kids LOVE glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces! And they add a safety factor too because they’ll be more visible to traffic. There are tons of different bulk packs available on Amazon for cheap!
Non Candy Halloween Treat #4: Slime
Slime is always fun…always. It’s not fun for parents and teachers, but for kids it’s a blast. (Sidenote: I once had a student throw slime, at my ceiling and it got stuck there. I was less than thrilled.) Amazon to the rescue again with bulk party packs of slime for a small price!
Non Candy Halloween Treat #5: Small Toys
The best thing about toys and trinkets is that you can save the leftovers year after year. They are also great for kids with food allergies! Have you heard about teal pumpkins? If not, keep reading!
The Teal Pumpkin Project
If you see a teal pumpkin on a front porch (or a sign like the one below) it means that the household is participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project. This means that they have committed to offering non-food treats for kids who have food allergies. Click the flier below for free printable signs and more information from FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education.
You might also enjoy my free Halloween printable! Click HERE!
What other non-candy treats would you add to the list? Will you be participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project? Comment below!