Like most holidays, Halloween has become such a special holiday to celebrate. We play dress up, do fun activities, and, of course, eat lots of sweet treats. All of these are what makes spooky season both magical and fun, especially for kiddos. Most of us look back with fond memories of Halloween night. Hand selecting the perfect costume that captured our current obsession before getting to show it off for an extensive night of trick-or-treating. For me personally, there were few nights of the year I looked forward to more.
Part of the excitement was the loot of goodies I would come home with after a long night of doorbell ringing and “trick or treat” saying. Then, after my mom graciously let me eat one too many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, came the impending stomach ache and late night sugar high.
While kids tend to love candy, the fact of the matter is there’s no benefit to eating that much candy in such a short amount of time. And like with all good things, moderation is key! Not to mention, many kids have sensitivities or allergies that prevent them from eating candy, and lots of schools have restrictions for handing out candy at parties. For these reasons, we believe in having non-candy Halloween treats readily available. Many of these items can be found in dollar bins, party stores, or online for the same cost (or less!) than candy.
If you’re looking for some candy alternatives that are just as fun and festive to hand out this year, we’ve got a treat for you. Read on for our favorite non-candy Halloween treats for kids.
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If there's one thing we can't get enough of, it's coloring books. There's nothing like keeping your kiddos occupied for a few minutes before they're onto the next activity.
Bubbles are universally exciting—even adults love them. This time of year, many retailers will offer mini versions in Halloween themes like these.
Play-Doh is always a good idea. Not only is it an easy option, but kids will get to use their creativity when playing with it—exactly what Halloween is all about!
Markers and crayons will always get tons of use, even after Halloween is long over.
Stickers are a definite win for kids, especially when they're festive and puffy!
I've yet to meet a child who doesn't light up at the sight of a glow necklace. As a plus, these simple treats can help keep little ones visible and safe on Halloween night after the sun starts to set.
Did anyone else collect tiny, cute erasers as a kid? No? As it turns out, most kids love tiny, cute things—themed erasers included!
Bouncy balls can be a pain to have in the house, but since you are giving these away, all you'll have to risk is becoming labeled "that house that gives out the fun stuff."
This may be a toy from days gone by, but it's time that kids today are introduced, don't you think?
Perfect for trick-or-treaters or the craft at the classroom Halloween party.
While slime may be the bane of a parent's existence, Halloween is the perfect time to let kiddos win the battle.
OK, this might not be the most fun treat, but it's definitely needed on Halloween night—all those treats and walking make for some pretty parched kids.
Temporary tattoos are by far the most desired goody in our non-food bowl year after year. You can't go wrong with fun characters or features—like glitter or glow-in-the-dark tattoos.
Yes, these are back! And party stores have them in every assortment, including holiday, characters, and local sports teams.
Little duckies now come in costume—adorable for Halloween fun and the subsequent bath to follow.
It's no secret that kids love anything they can squish. That's exactly why these Halloween-themed mini squishies will be the hit of the neighborhood.
One of the sweetest things about kids is they can quickly attach sentimental value to anything. We know these adorable balloons will become their newest prized possession.