We put together a guide filled with some of the best non-candy Halloween treat alternatives. Great options for trick-or-treat, or for Halloween party favors. If you’re navigating food allergies, or want to offer healthy, non-food options, this list is for you!
Since our household is food allergy aware, we like to have two bowls of treats available for trick or treaters. The first bowl is filled with 100% nut free Halloween candy, since our son has a peanut/tree nut allergy. The other bowl is filled with non-candy Halloween treats — to make sure we have something available for all kids, no matter what allergy they may have.
Some of our littlest trick-or-treaters actually prefer choosing something fun and different to fill their treat bags with besides candy (and I know their parents probably do too!). So having candy and non-candy treat options is a great way to go.
You can find non-candy Halloween treat options at most grocery stores and drug stores, but I usually see them in really small quantities. So, for us, we choose to buy online, and our favorite place to shop for Halloween toys and trinkets is Oriental Trading.
Below, I’m including some of our favorite items to buy for Halloween. These are the items we’ve gotten the best response with from the kids in the neighborhood.
Trick-or-Treat Tip: We’ve put a bunch of non-candy Halloween treats in a big bowl for kids to choose from, and we’ve also made up little gift baggies, each containing a sampling of a few of the items. Ultimately, I think making the gift baggies is the way to go. Sometimes, the kids get paralysis of choice the other way. So it makes things easier.
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Best Candy Alternatives for Halloween
It doesn’t say it in the product description for some reason, but our order of these little guys glowed in the dark! Either way, they’re a fun, small token that especially younger trick-or-treaters will love. You get 4 dozen per unit. Kids can collect all types!
These are a popular option for all ages. We spend some time activating them and putting them together at the beginning of the night, and place them all-ready-to-glow in the bowl.
These are another fun non-food hand-out that can be used immediately. Most of the kids grab these and pop them in their mouths right away! The best part is they glow. What we do is place these under a lamp in the afternoon on Halloween, so by the time we place them in our treat bowl, their all-aglow!
These Halloween-themed temporary tattoos are another hit. Place them under a lamp in the afternoon, so they glow in your bowl! The kids can take them home and apply them to complete their festive Halloween look.
My son loves these mini bubble bottles. Our town does a community trick-or-treat, and a lot of the local businesses hand these out, knowing so many kids have food allergies, which is always so appreciated! They’re festive and kids love bubbles!
These are another fun item to hand out, especially if you create little goodie bags. Toss in a few glow bugs and maybe some stickers and you’re all set! Remember to charge them under some light before the Big Night.
This is a Halloween-themed cat version of the “sticky hand.” Same concept. Same giggly delight. Kids love these things. It’s another fun, little item that most toddlers and school-aged kids will appreciate!
Another fun, glow-in-the-dark treat. Can you tell I love the glow items? They really do make an impression on Halloween night. Mini rubber ducks wearing Halloween costumes? Cute. Plus, your kids can collect all the duck versions!
These are a fun little toy to hand out. Just pull them back, let them go, and watch them race forward. Fun colors, happy ghost faces. Another great non-candy treat option!
This is just one example of the Halloween-themed pencils Oriental Trading Company has on their website. These are some of my favorites, but browse around! Fun pencils are a great alternative to candy.
These are really cool Halloween-themed prism stickers, but shop on their site and check out all the options. I like to cut these into strips of one or two stickers to include in little goodie bags. Again, kids love stickers. Another great choice.
There you have it! I hope you found some fun, non-candy Halloween treat alternatives that you like! You really can’t go wrong with the selection at Oriental Trading Company. We use them year-round for all sorts of things, like non-candy Easter egg fillers, school party favors, birthday party favors, etc.