15 Fun Non-Candy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

15 Fun Non-Candy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

Think beyond the candy wrapper with these crowd-pleasing Halloween treats you don’t eat!


By: Heather Chaet

We have walked the same trick-or-treat route every Halloween for four years, and there’s a dentist who lives on our spooky route. Can you guess what she hands out on Oct. 31? Right, she gives each costumed kid a toothbrush.

Maybe that’s not the most exciting Halloween treat, but I silently applaud her selection of something other than candy. My daughter has severe nut allergies, and Halloween is a tricky holiday for us. I use that word not to make a pun, but because it’s the best way to describe the night for me. As we weave up and down the various sidewalks, I’m constantly teetering on an imaginary parenting tightrope, balancing the need to keep her safe and her ability to join in the fun and have a good time.

So, when we arrive at a house that passes out a pumpkin pencil or black cat stickers, you can imagine my internal Halloween happy dance. Why not hand out something other than the mini chocolate bars this year? Non-food treats don’t have to be boring, and some may even make your house the most popular stop on the block. Here are 15 non-candy ideas sure to please all of the neighborhood kids and parents.

1. Glow sticks. These plastic tubes are always a popular item on Halloween. Seriously, what could be better than a stick with neon goo that lights up?

2. Plastic vampire fangs. It’s classic Halloween fun that never goes out of style. Score “cool mom” bonus points if you wear them as you greet the trick-or-treaters.

3. Temporary tattoos. Halloween party bags have been stuffed with this go-to favor for years now. Fill your candy bowl with them for a guaranteed hit with the kids.

4. Ghoulish rubber duckies. Even the older tweens in the neighborhood will get a kick out of these cute critters.

5. Kazoos. Parents may not be so thrilled at this headache-inducing treat, but kids will have a blast tooting a spooky tune as they head door-to-door.

6. Small flashlights. Double-duty fun: Keep kids safe while trick-or-treating and encourage reading under the covers past bedtime!

7. Hair accessories. Bat barrettes, leopard-print headbands, and orange hair ties can be handed out as chic treat alternatives for the gals on your block.

8. Sports cards. From baseball to football, basketball to hockey, have a huge stash of trading cards for kids to choose from – a good second choice if the boys don’t want hair clips.

9. Yo-yos. Instead of snacking on chocolate, kids can learn to “walk the dog” or “rock the baby.”

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10. Mini notebooks. Children love anything that is their size, so handing out little spiral pads they can doodle on later is a great idea.

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11. Pirate eye patches. Argh, matey! This fashion accessory of the high seas is a cool addition to any dress-up box.

12. Sidewalk chalk. A solid choice that will please both kids and parents alike. Halloween hopscotch, anyone?

13. Pet rocks. Gather up some rocks from your yard or buy a bag at the garden store. Paint some eyes and a goofy grin to transform them into portable sidekicks.

14. Balloons. Everyone loves balloons. You can fill them up with helium ahead of time, or avoid the flyaway factor by tying a group of uninflated balloons together with a ribbon to let kids blow them up at home.

15. Anything that glows in the dark. Think bouncy balls, creepy spider rings, rubber band bracelets … anything that shines when the lights go out!

What is your favorite non-food Halloween treat?



Heather Chaet documents her mini parenting successes, epic mommy fails, and everything in between for a plethora (love that word!) of publications and websites such as CafeMom, New York Family, and AdWeek. While her online persona is found at heatherchaet.com, Heather lives in New York City with her film director husband and one insanely curious, cat-obsessed daughter.

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