If it hasn’t started already, you are likely going to have trick-or-treaters at your door this week. Like many parents, I have come up with some great non-candy ideas to give out this year. I don’t want to be some grouchy sort of dentist handing out toothbrushes, so, I came up with some other great ideas.
1. Party Favors
Check out the party favor section of your local store and you are sure to find an assortment of noise makers. If you want to spare their parents ears, go with ones that do not make noise, but have the tassels on the ends.
An inexpensive alternative to candy would be to hand out balloons. You can go with a variety of colors or buy all the same color.
Pencils are another great alternative to sugary sweets. Since children are still in school, they would benefit from a new pencil. If you go to a party store, you will find Halloween designs.
For some reason, paste on mustaches are all the rage these days. You can purchase stick on mustaches in most party sections. These will require a bit more work, because each sheet comes with 3-4 mustaches on it.
Stickers are always a fun idea for children. You can purchase a large book of stickers and hand out a page to each child. Otherwise, you can get the larger stickers that come one to a sheet. Party stores typically sell these types.
6. Glow Sticks
Once it gets darker, glow sticks are a perfect non-candy option. Kids can use that right then and there to keep them safe while trick or treating.
7. Bouncy Balls
A small bouncy ball is a good idea for the older kids that come to your house. This is not necessarily a good treat for the toddlers that come through your neighborhood. If you choose to use bouncy balls, then you could add it to an assortment of other toys. Or at least offer an option for younger kids.
Staying in line with the practical school items, erasers would make for a fun trick or treat idea. You can purchase Halloween themed erasers, or go with a simple design that goes on top of the pencil.
9. Bags of Pretzels
In the candy section, you will find individual bags of pretzels that can be handed out in place of sweets. These are packaged for Halloween and sold in that section. I am sure it is for those that are looking for alternatives to traditional ideas.
Hopefully one of these candy alternatives will spark an idea in you. Stay safe in Dallas, TX. this Halloween and we hope you enjoy your time with your family.