16 Trick-or-Treat Alternatives to Candy

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. 

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