50+ Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Ideas for Halloween

by Tiffany

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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.

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

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

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

  1. Quarters, pennies, etc.
  2. Fake coins for pretend play at home.
  3. Erasers
  4. Stickers
  5. Stamps
  6. Puzzle pieces
  7. Redeemable tickets from the parents: “one day of not doing dishes” or “one vegetable-free meal” or “trip to the zoo”
  8. Bouncy balls
  9. Marbles
  10. Rings
  11. Earrings
  12. Bracelets
  13. Charms
  14. Temporary tattoos
  15. Play-do
  16. Barbie clothes
  17. Shells
  18. Mini bubbles
  19. Socks
  20. Silly putty
  21. Seeds for gardening
  22. Nail polish
  23. Lip gloss
  24. Hair ties
  25. Balloons
  26. Punch balloons
  27. Cars
  28. Grow toys (the kind you put in water and they expand)
  29. Legos
  30. Plastic animals
  31. Army men
  32. Parachute men
  33. Plastic insects
  34. Wind-up toys
  35. Whistles
  36. Finger puppets
  37. Keychains
  38. Dice
  39. Spinning top
  40. Shoelaces
  41. Glow-in-the-dark stars
  42. Beads
  43. Water beads
  44. String/yarn
  45. Stress ball
  46. Mini yoyos
  47. Mini notepads
  48. Crayons
  49. Markers
  50. Hairbows
  51. Earphones
  52. Fidget spinners/cubes
  53. Polished rocks
  54. Play-doh

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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!

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!!

Rocio October 21, 2019 - 11:23 am

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

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 🙂

Jennafer October 22, 2019 - 8:51 am

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

Ashley October 22, 2019 - 10:36 am

This is an awesome list!

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.

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.

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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