Non-Candy Halloween Treats Kids Actually Love

Armies of Moms have puzzled over the years about non-candy Halloween giveaways that will bring a smile to the most discerning little ghosts and goblins.

The fact is, for most young children, the fun of trick-or-treating door-to-door in costume is more exciting than the treats they happen to collect – and many parents confiscate most of the sweet stuff anyway once it reaches home. 

A panel of parents brainstorming at a PTA meeting in California came up with a formidable list of stuff that makes a great alternative to candy treats.

More good ideas can likely be found at your nearby dollar store.

Food treats:

  • Juice boxes – Little trick or treaters can work up a thirst. Be sure to choose no-sugar added juices.
  • Fruit cups – Tie a black or orange ribbon around individual cups of applesauce or other cut-up fruit. 
  • Granola bars – Kids never get tired of these chewy little treats. Seasonal pumpkin-flavored varieties are available.
  • Raisins – Those tiny little boxes of raisins seem to appeal to kids of all ages.
  • Baked chips – They may be fairly empty calories, but they‘re a sugarless, kid-friendly treat.

Non-food treats:

  • Slime – little plastic containers of slime are a natural pick for the icky Halloween season.
  • Plastic body parts – Little kids are sure to get a kick out of plastic lips, noses, or fingernails.
  • Action figures – These or other small toys, such as Hot Wheels cars, are favored by  kids and great for trading.
  • Instant tattoos – Wash-off Halloween tattoos are widely available at this time of the year.
  • Play-doh – Individual containers of colorful Play-doh are a hit no matter the time of year.
  • Bubbles – Another perennial favorite, plastic bottles of magic bubbles are  a treat for most younger kids.
  • Stickers – You’ll find vast arrays of popular Halloween-themed stickers at almost any toy, drug or big-box store.

By Barbara Pronin. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2019. All rights reserved.

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