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Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Ideas for Halloween

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Here are over 50 of our favorite non-candy trick-or-treat ideas to give out this Halloween, along with links to where you can purchase some.

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Nothing makes a candy holiday worse than kids who eat too much and have an upset stomach or are too wired.

Our oldests’s first Halloween that she was old enough to eat candy, she threw up in the middle of the night.

And then she threw up again the next year.

So whether it’s food allergies or simply not wanting your kids to get a sugar high, there are many reasons to not want to hand out sugary treats on Halloween. 

Even though our kids don’t have any food allergies, we have several friends whose kids do.  So every year at Halloween, we put out our teal pumpkin so that families can know we are passing out allergy-friendly items.

Read on to see our favorite non-candy trick-or-treat ideas.

50+ Non-Candy Ideas for Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween

Quarters, pennies, etc.

Fake coins for pretend play at home.

Erasers

Stickers

Stamps

non-candy trick-or-treat ideas

Puzzle pieces

Redeemable tickets from the parents: “one day of not doing dishes” or “one vegetable-free meal” or “trip to the zoo”

Bouncy balls

Marbles

Rings

Earrings

Bracelets

Charms

Temporary tattoos

Play-do

Barbie clothes

Shells

Mini bubbles

Socks

Silly putty

Seeds for gardening

Nail polish

Lip gloss

Hair ties

Balloons

Punch balloons

Cars

Grow toys (the kind you put in water and they expand)

non-candy trick-or-treat ideas

LEGOs (which would be a perfect fit with our fun LEGO activity ideas!)

Plastic animals

Army men

Parachute men

Plastic insects

Wind-up toys

Whistles

Finger puppets

Keychains

non-candy trick-or-treat ideas
non-candy trick-or-treat ideas

Dice

Spinning top

Shoelaces

Glow-in-the-dark stars

Beads

Water beads

String/yarn

Stress ball

Mini yoyos

Mini notepads

non-candy trick-or-treat ideas

Crayons

Markers

Hairbows

Earphones

Fidget spinners/cubes

Polished rocks

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9 comments

Jessie October 21, 2019 - 7:30 am

Great list! I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a trick or treater at my house, is that sad haha thanks for sharing!

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Alexis October 21, 2019 - 9:11 am

Love that you gave so many alternatives to candy! Kiddos seem to have so many allergies and handing out non-candy items are an awesome way for everyone to enjoy the holiday. Thanks so much!!

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Rocio October 21, 2019 - 11:23 am

Great list! thanks for sharing. It very useful resource of ideas during this holidays 😉

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Jodi Graham October 21, 2019 - 1:36 pm

What fantastic ideas – candy is obviously everyone’s go-to treat, but games, crafts and toys are also so fun for kids!! Thanks for the list 🙂

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Jennafer October 22, 2019 - 8:51 am

As the mom of a child with allergies, I love these ideas!

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Ashley October 22, 2019 - 10:36 am

This is an awesome list!

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Joyce Rosselli October 23, 2019 - 7:11 am

Your list is great. It actually costs more to get non-candy items even if you order from Oriental Trading Co. or the dollar store. Didn’t order early enough this year. I once used the plastic insect rings and the kids loved them. I get about 100 kids in my neighborhood. Parents drive them over.

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Pam October 23, 2019 - 8:35 am

Thanks for the great list! We don’t get many trick or treaters but I will use the list for parties and such.

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Darrah October 24, 2019 - 7:38 am

“Halloween” is about way more than trick-or-treat… it seems like we have a couple of parties or celebrations every week this month! We definitely need some non-candy ideas to mix it up. We have many friends with allergies as well, so having plenty of alternatives is great. 🙂

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