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Let's face it—Halloween is not what it used to be. There are so many things to worry about on both sides of the door that it is a surprise that we even still celebrate the holiday.
Food allergies have seemed to proliferate over the past few decades, and research continues to show just how bad processed sugar can be for the body. If you are still looking to celebrate, but you want to skip handing out candy, here are a few ideas that will leave both kids and parents happy this Halloween.
7 Candy Alternatives to Give to Trick-or-Treaters
- Small Party Toys
- Glow Sticks
- Craft Stamps
- Temporary Tattoos
- Crayons and Printouts
1. Small Party Toys
You can't go wrong with small toys or trinkets for the kids. Plastic party favors are cheap and will last a lot longer than a piece of candy.
I know my local dollar store has many different bags of Halloween-themed party favors, which makes it easy to mix it up. Be aware of the age range of the kids that tend to come by, as some smaller toys can be choking hazards for younger children.
Try to say bubbles with a straight face; seriously, try it. There will not be a parent or child that is upset that you are handing out bubbles this Halloween.
This is another product that you can buy in bulk from the dollar store or find online for cheap. With a little research, I bet you could even find bottles that are Halloween-themed. Hand out bubble-blowing kits, and I guarantee you'll see them in use don't he block in front of your house within minutes.
3. Glow Sticks
Glow sticks, like bubbles, are something that makes the entire family happy. Kids will be more than happy to see that you are giving out glows sticks instead of candy this Halloween.
Just like the other items on this list, you can buy them in bulk online, and they will probably end up costing less than a bag of candy. If families really luck out, you will be one of their first stops, and they can use the glow sticks as an added safety precaution for the rest of the night.
4. Craft Stamps
Craft stamps are another option that may cost a little extra, but a lot of kids will love them. You can easily find Halloween-themed rubber stamps online in bulk.
Kids can use these for all kinds of projects, from stamping paper to giving themselves some temporary tattoos. Best of all, they last, so kids can use them the following year to decorate cards or bags.
5. Temporary Tattoos
Speaking of temporary tattoos . . . these are an awesome idea for a non-candy treat to hand out for Halloween. They are another super-inexpensive item that you can find online, and they may be the prize of trick-or-treat night.
Again, you could easily find Halloween-themed tattoos, but any subject matter is sure to drive the kiddies wild. You can even keep a bowl of water and a sponge at the front door in case anyone wants to put theirs on right away.
6. Crayons and Printouts
This is another option that kids will love, and it's simple and inexpensive as well. In this case, you'd want to buy bulk packages of crayons, or you could even just buy a few boxes of crayons and give away a couple of crayons to each kid. Then all you have to do is find a couple of Halloween-themed images online and print them out to go along with the crayons.
The nice thing about crayons is that they are a gift that keeps on giving. Get a variety of colors, and choose a number of different coloring pages so each kid in a trick-or-treating group can get something different.
As adults, it is really hard for us to remember why stickers are so magical, but there is a reason why my kids go nuts over a silly sticker or two. When you take the joy of a sticker and give it a purpose, it becomes something that kids will cherish from this Halloween to the next.
You can buy fun sticker books or silly face stickers for fairly cheap, and you will have kids lining up around the block when word gets out.
Whether it is a health issue or a safety issue, candy has begun to fall out of fashion in every aspect of our lives—even Halloween. Even if it hadn't, giving out something other than the traditional treats will make kids feel like they are getting something extra this Halloween.
Make kids smile and make parents happy by trying something different. The best part is that it is not going to cost you that much more than buying a couple of bags of candy.