16 Trick-or-Treat Alternatives to Candy

Oct 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Non-candy Halloween treats
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Halloween is a holiday that revolves around two things: costumes and candy. The sheer amount of candy that is bought, distributed and consumed on Halloween is enough to make any parent cringe. My jaw hurts just thinking about it. But nobody wants to be that house — the one that made the mistake of handing out toothbrushes one year and was avoided like the plague the next October. 

So what's a parent to do? Candy is cheap and easy, but it is possible to ditch the candy and still maintain your trick-or-treating street cred, I promise. Stumped on what to hand out that will cause excitement among kids (and dentists)? No sweets, no sweat! We've rounded up 16 of the best non-candy trick-or-treating treats, so you can skip the sugar coma this year and get the approval of kids and parents alike. Without being a total Halloween buzzkill. 

1 /16: Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds
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1/16 :Pumpkin Seeds

2 /16: Flavored Honey Sticks

Flavored Honey Sticks
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2/16 :Flavored Honey Sticks

3 /16: Glow-in-the-Dark Marbled Balloons

Glow in the Dark Marbled Balloons
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3/16 :Glow-in-the-Dark Marbled Balloons

4 /16: Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks

Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks
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4/16 :Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks

5 /16: Shany Mini Nail Polishes

Shany Mini Nail Polishes
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5/16 :Shany Mini Nail Polishes

6 /16: Foam Magnets

Foam Magnets
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6/16 :Foam Magnets

7 /16: MadeGood Granola Bars

MadeGood Granola Bars
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7/16 :MadeGood Granola Bars

8 /16: Mini Halloween Cookie Cutters

Mini Halloween Cookie Cutters
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8/16 :Mini Halloween Cookie Cutters

9 /16: Mini Temporary Tattoos

Mini Temporary Tattoos
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9/16 :Mini Temporary Tattoos

10 /16: Mini Bubble Wands

Mini Bubble Wands
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10/16 :Mini Bubble Wands

11 /16: Face Paint Sticks

Face Paint Sticks
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11/16 :Face Paint Sticks

12 /16: Stretch Island Fruit Leather

Stretch Island Fruit Leather
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12/16 :Stretch Island Fruit Leather

13 /16: Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

Glow in the Dark Slime
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13/16 :Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

14 /16: Mini Play-Doh

Mini Play-Doh
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14/16 :Mini Play-Doh

15 /16: Lego-Compatible People

Lego Compatible People
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15/16 :Lego-Compatible People

16 /16: Necklace Kit

Necklace Kit
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16/16 :Necklace Kit