No one wants to be the one that gets egged for handing out raisins on Halloween. But no one wants to be a buzz kill either. So when it comes to one of the largest candy-giving occasions (the other being Easter – here are 24 Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers), how do you maintain the status of coolest trick-or-treating house on the block without passing out giant full sized candy bars? (This post contains affiliate links.)
We’ve got you covered. These are all super fun, sure to be hits. In fact, I remember one year my daughter got back with her bucket o’ candy, and there was a mini bag of microwaveable popcorn in there. At first I felt a little offended for her treat bucket. Then when she wanted to eat it right away I realized how genius it was!
12 Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Ideas
It Still Counts as Food!
1. Fruit snacks are always a better option than candy, and one still reasonable for your pocketbook. You can even make your own super easy, though this may be one time it’s best to stick to the packaged goods.
2. Popcorn – They usually have the little mini bags in the store, which are perfect.
Sporting the goods!
3. However, sometimes avoiding food altogether is the best option. Why not hand out little rubber bouncy balls? Every kid likes something they can play with so just grab a big bag on Amazon and fill your bowl with no-calorie fun!
4. Of course, punching balloons are fun, flat for your treat bowl, and get kids active, too.
Play it proudly!
6. Want something more Halloween-inspired? What about plastic spider rings? Not only are they scary for the big night, but they can be used for dress-up long after the 31st!
7. Another great option would be getting stickers! Plenty of big, scary stickers they can save to wear later or score the 1000 packs of smaller stickers at the dollar store and cut off 5 at a time of their favorite super heroes to fill your bowl!
8. Along the same lines, grab some temporary tattoos. Tattoos are great for any age and can be fun at home after Hallow’s Eve is long gone!
9. If you want to go the useful route, buy some Halloween pencils. Every kid needs a pencil for school! Cheap and helpful! Not sitting around in a candy bowl come Christmas either.
Give it a go!
10. Feeling trendy? Why not make Halloween-inspired kindness rocks in orange and black? Put in little Ziploc bags with instructions to leave them somewhere and put good into action! Little kids love the feeling of power they get from being in charge. Give them a chance to pay it forward! Here are some cute ones from Kecia at www.FromMomsDesk.com.
11. Rather go retro? How ‘bout making craft stick (aka popsicle stick) fortunes for the munchkins to grab? They’ll have plenty of fun reading their stick as they dig through the candy pile and it will definitely be memorable!
12. Of course, no kid is sad to get money! Willing to put out the big bucks, just not the full-sized candy bars? Head to the bank and load up on 50-cent pieces. They still fit in the candy dish but may even be a collector’s item one day for some lucky trick-or-treater!
So no worries! It doesn’t have to be a raisin holiday this year at your house! Nor will they forget your different take on Halloween! Instead, your house will be the one they remember for next year!
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