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Candy Alternatives for Halloween

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Halloween candy alternatives. Great options for food allergies and health-conscious parents. Fun ideas for halloween parties or trick-or-treating. Teal pumpkin project approved ideas.

No matter if you are looking for ideas for school halloween parties or sharing with kids who are trick-or-treating, sometimes you need ideas that are candy free. Here are some great ideas for kids of all ages to enjoy.

3 mini pumpkins are surrounded by halloween toys like pencils and spider rings. a black cauldron is blurred in the background.

These non-candy alternatives are a great option for those participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project on halloween night.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a mission dedicated to having non-candy treats for kids with allergies so that they can participate on Halloween night. By placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, you let kids and parents know that you have allergy safe non-food treats. In place of candy, you can offer goody bags filled with small toys and other non edible treats. You can even sign your house up as one that is safe!

These fun alternatives can be found at places like your local grocery store, local CVS or Walgreens, dollar stores, party supply stores, and of course, online. 

Remember to keep these in a separate bowl away from all other candy to make them safe! 

Non-Candy Items

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Halloween Pencils, Pens, Crayons 

My parents would get these every year and seasonal pencils are always fun. 

Halloween Play doh

This pack comes in fun Halloween colors. Note, this contains wheat and may not be suitable for all kids. 


Slime has made a comeback! Some varieties even glow in the dark. This one is galaxy themed. Note that some slimes can stain clothing, so supervise kids while they play with it. 


I was super into reading as a kid (and still am a huge reader!) so I loved themed bookmarks. 


These plastic lip whistles come in a bunch of fun colors. I recommend that you give them to kids not your own so you don’t have to listen to them. 

Stress Balls 

I love these little halloween themed stress balls. The ghost one is too cute! 


These come in a pack with different shapes all Halloween inspired. 

Bouncy Balls 

Always a fun toy, you can even get ones that glow in the dark. That would make for some fun night time party games. 

Glow Sticks 

These glow sticks are halloween themed and come in 9 different patterns and 6 colors. 

Glow Bracelets 

These glow bracelets are super long lasting and super bright! 

Wikki Stix 

These are latex free wax pieces that stick together and you can do so much with them. A super fun idea for any school parties. 

Halloween Bubbles 

Fun bubble wands with non-toxic and fragrance free soap. 

Mini Erasers 

This is a huge collection of mini erasers in different shapes. The cat is so cute! 

Plastic Spider Rings 

These rings look extra creepy and are perfect for kids. Use them on top of cupcakes for a fun surprise at any halloween party you have.

Vampire Teeth  

These vampire fangs come in a huge bulk pack that includes many colors, including glow in the dark. 

Mini Notebooks 

24 mini note pads so they can doodle with the halloween themed pencils and crayons. 

Mini Playing Cards

Perfect for go fish, crazy 8s, or solitaire. These mini cards are super adorable and perfect for smaller hands. 

Halloween Stickers 

There are so many stickers in this pack! What I like about them is they are already cut do you just have to hand them out. 

Temporary Tattoos 

A classic! These are halloween themed temporary tattoos and are a favorite every year. Some of them even glow in the dark! Just use caution if you have allergies to food colors and dyes.

Mini Fidget Spinners

This is a fun mini version that includes some pop fidget also built in. 

Mini Pop Fidget Toys

A small version of the super popular pop fidget toys. This one is even on a keychain they can take everywhere! 

Mini Crafts 

These scratch Halloween masks are pretty cool. It has 30 masks with 6 designs, another one that would be great for school parties. 

Mini Spiders 

When I was a kid I loved these things. My siblings and I would prank each other for months to come with these mini spiders. And with 300 pieces, you have spiders for next year, too. 


These are plastic so you don’t have to worry about metal allergies. 

Silly Glasses 

Perfect to wear with a costume or just on their own. 

Slap Bracelets 

Slap bracelets are another toy that has made a comeback. These are all halloween themed and come in a good sized pack. 

Bead Necklaces 

With little skulls and bones, these are a fun necklace for kids. 

And of course, there are allergy safe candies available. To make some sweet treats that are allergy safe, check out my Allergy Safe Halloween list!

Sweet Treat without the Sugar

If you are looking to just avoid candy and the sugar overload, here are some ideas for great alternatives.

Dollar Bills 

One of the more expensive options if you are handing these out, but older kids would love a bit of money to spend! 

Fruit snacks

These are a great treat that are sweet but not filled with sugar. My favorite brand is Annie’s.

Hot Chocolate mixes

Nothing is better than coming home after a cool night of trick-or-treating and enjoying a mug of hot chocolate. Note! Some mixes (like this one!) contain coconut and eggs and dairy.

Granola Bars

Packed with protein, this is a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition. Note, a lot of premade granola bars contain wheat and nuts and peanuts.

Juice Boxes

A sugar free drink to keep kids going on halloween night.

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  1. My parents have done this since I was little…. They save their change throughout the year in a jar. Come Halloween night, they’d take a handful and drop the coins into each kid’s bag. The little ones are happy with a tone of pennies, the older ones we’d just drop what we grab and let them have fun comparing who ended up with more at the end of the night.
    Beware of juice boxes as they can leak and may contain allergens. 😉 Filtered water is very likely from coconut charcoal.

    1. Thanks! I remember getting coins when I would go out as well. Good point about juice boxes can leak. No one wants soggy candy! And yes, I’ve been looking into water filters and coconut charcoal. Again, it amazes me how much coconut can sneak into.

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