So you want to give out something other than candy this year for Halloween, but you’re afraid your home will be TP’ed by disgruntled kids looking for a candy fix. There are things you can give your little trick or theaters for Halloween that will keep them happy, and you from pulling toilet paper out of the trees at 3 in the morning.
Having four young kids myself, I do get concerned about the amount of candy they consume for Halloween. So I asked my children what alternatives to candy they would be happy with, all while still enjoying the Halloween event. We went over some things, and here the ideas we came up with.
- Stickers and washable tattoos
My kids love stickers and tattoos. Most discount stores sell these in large quantities, and you can buy a set for boys and a set for girls. These are great alternatives to halloween candy.
- Microwavable Popcorn
One year my children were surprised to find a mini bag of microwavable popcorn in their Halloween bag. Even though they loved the candy they had received, they were very excited for me to make each one their own little bag of popcorn. Many popcorn bags are decorated for Halloween, so that makes it all the more festive.
- Halloween Pencils or crayons
If kids are like mine, they go through a lot of pencils and crayons at home and in school. By giving these out as an alternative, you not only keep them healthy, but give them something that will be of use for a while.
- Glow Sticks
Probably one of my kids favorites are glow sticks. Glow sticks can be worn as bracelets or necklaces, and are very brightly lit. They are not only fun, but, are great for safety during dark Halloween trick or treating. Glow sticks can be found at glowuniverse.com or my favorite, orientaltrading.com.
- Mini play-doh
Play doh brings out hours of enjoyment, and allows children to use their imaginations. Mini play doh can be bought in large quantities, already packaged together. You will find these usually at Sam’s Club or Costco at a really good bargain.
These are the top 5 things that my children would be pleased with as alternatives to Halloween candy. There are, however, several other things that you may like to try, such as, bubbles, mini pretzels, fruit snacks, juice boxes, and little plastic Halloween toys. You can find most of these items in a local store, but Orientaltrading.com, has one of the best holiday items listings I’ve found. They have a lot of neat, as well as, quirky Halloween items that children will enjoy. You may be interested in checking them out for your alternatives to candy for Halloween; right now they are offering 20% off any order you purchase.