We all love a good treat, especially over Halloween, but do we really need so much candy? Between trick-or-treating, class gifts, parties, and special treats it can become very easy to over-indulge.
Here are 10 non-candy treats that kids will love just as much and get far more use out. These alternatives could be the perfect thing to hand out to school friends and at parties this Halloween.
Coloring pages and crayons
There are free coloring pages available for download all over the internet. Print out a few Halloween themed pages, roll them up with some twine and attach a small box of crayons. Better yet, melt down old, broken crayons in the oven, pour into Halloween candy molds and pop them into the freezer to set, making fun new crayons to go with those coloring pages.
Play-Doh and Cookie Cutters
Multi-packs of Play-Doh are everywhere right now. Pop one into a bag with a Halloween-themed cookie cutter, or cookie stamp. Kids will love making their own Play-Doh creations.
Kids love tattoos. Set up at ‘tattoo station’ at your front door for trick-or-treaters, and also at parties. Have a sponge and water ready to apply temporary sticker tattoos.
Glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces are a big hit, especially if kids can put wear them as they trick-or-treat!
Items such as squishy eyeballs, stretchy mice, spiders, fake fingers, glow-in-the dark bats, and vampire teeth are sure to have kids squealing in delight. You can find all kinds of multi-packs of these fun Halloween toys.
What kid doesn’t love slime? Make your own, or buy multi-packs of mini slime tubs.
Mini popcorn bags are the perfect snack for kids to enjoy once they get home and are settled in front of a Halloween movie.
Wrap colored paper around mini juice boxes to turn them into ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, and other fun Halloween characters. Draw on fun faces with a Sharpie. Put fun Halloween stickers over the labels of water bottles saying things such as ‘witches brew’, or ‘poison’. Kids will enjoy having a drink while trick-or-treating, or while enjoying some of their other Halloween treats.
Fruit Leather Mummies
Wrap packets of fruit leather up in bandages, and draw on eyes to make fruit leather mummies.
My kids are absolutely loving oranges right now. Draw a fun Jack-O-Lantern face on them and place them in a big fruit basket or cauldron to hand out.
Do have any other ideas for candy-free Halloween treats? Leave them in the comments to build upon this list.