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Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Many health-conscious parents dread the arrival of Halloween with its tooth-rotting, corn syrup-heavy, delightful but unhealthy fare. Treat your young revelers to tasty goodies that are healthy and fun—things that they won’t automatically trade their Reese’s Cups for! If you challenge kids to expect something a little different this Halloween, they will learn to enjoy the better things in life—and they won’t be wired into a sugar high all night long! Here are some of our favorite alternatives to Halloween candy.

alternatives to halloween candy

Healthy Snack Options

You can still give out food treats without giving out sugar-heavy food. For people who are giving out treats, healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters:

  • Packages of low-fat crackers with cheese
  • Single-serve boxes of cereal
  • Mini boxes of raisins
  • Single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn
  • Prepackaged fruits/vegetables
  • 100-calorie packets
  • Granola bars

School Supplies

School supplies may seem boring at first glance, but buying items in Halloween or fall themes makes these items fun.

  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Erasers
  • Pencil toppers
  • Coins
  • Rulers
  • Stencils
  • Bookmarks
  • Mini crayon set
  • Mini marker set
  • Halloween rubber stamps
  • Mini paper pads

Small Plastic Novelty Toys

Kids love small toys. My son will covet the smallest items for weeks. And Halloween time is no different. There are so many items and options you can get at party supply stores, online novelty sites and super craft shops.

  • Plastic spiders
  • Yo-yos
  • Kazoos
  • Fake vampire teeth
  • Wax lips
  • Mini containers or play-dough
  • Silly Putty
  • Bubbles
  • Slide puzzles
  • Puzzles
  • Slime
  • Fake eyeballs
  • Spinning tops
  • Bouncy balls
  • Straws
  • Glow sticks
  • Whistles
  • Mini Slinky
  • Jumping spiders
  • Stress balls
  • Wind-up toys
  • Finger puppets
  • Slide whistles
  • Balloons
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Mini koosh balls
  • Bendable plastic character figures

 Plastic “Dress-Up” Items

Don’t forget how much kids love pretending and dressing up. All these items are perfect for both boys and girls.

  • Plastic bracelets
  • Snap bracelets
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Adjustable rings
  • Disguise glasses
  • Glow-in-the-dark bracelets
  • Face mustaches
  • Bat/Spider rings

A little candy isn’t going to hurt anyone, right? But offering candy alternatives to kids teaches them Halloween can be fun without overdoing it on sugar!

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