When it comes to candy alternatives for Halloween, you can find some exciting items that kids will love.  We’ve searched and found the most amazing non-candy treat ideas.

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Why Have Candy Alternatives for Halloween?

It’s not that we are down playing candy, it is for other several reasons.  Someone may be looking for candy alternatives for the following reasons:

Specific Food Allergies

Kids may have food allergies or intolerance to some of the items found in candy such as gluten, tree nuts, or peanuts.

Chronic Illnesses

Some chronic illnesses may need a reduction in the amount of treats with added sugar.

Teal Pumpkin Project

The teal pumpkin project was started to help signal that a house has candy alternatives for Halloween trick-or-treaters.

Classroom Rules

Some teachers may ask parents to bring non-candy alternatives for a class non-candy treat exchange for holidays.  This list is also ideas to keep in mind when planning birthday snack ideas for school parties.

Balancing Candy with Other Alternative Items

Some parents may be looking for a balance of both candy and other Halloween non candy treats.

60 Candy Alternatives for Halloween

Let’s get to the candy alternative list!  The items listed below are not age-specific.  Always make sure to check the age requirements on the package. Be sure to choose items that are specific to your audience.

Some of the items are best for a party favor bag rather than mixing with candy.

List of Halloween Candy Alternatives

The following are non-food alternatives. Party favor items can be something fun and unique.  This list includes light up items for night timie activities along with items that can be crafted after Halloween.

Glow Sticks

Perfect for night time activities.

Bouncy Balls

A traditional rubber ball that kids enjoy.

Spider Rings

Festive spider rings to wear for the occasion.

Temporary Halloween Tattoos

Tattoos can be Halloween oriented or lots of other themes.

Decorative Treat Bags

Kids may already have treat bags but they don’t mind getting a new one to use for next year.

Vampire Teeth

These glow vampire teeth are fun for evening activities.

Halloween Stickers

Stickers seem to never get old and great for all occasions.


Glow Bracelets

Every evening event needs glow items, right?!

Pumpkin-Shaped Erasers

A nice fall party favor especially for the classroom.

Play Doh (Play Dough) or Galaxy Slime

Find the mini-packs Play-Doh or slime for a great party favor.

Fidget Spinner

Halloween fidget spinners are a great goodie bag stuffer.  These are likely one of the best options for a Halloween party.

Halloween Stamps

Stamps in the Halloween theme are great for craft projects after Halloween.

Slap Bracelets

Always a fun items weather it’s at a parade or in a party favor bag.


Small crafts that kids can do after Halloween are a fun idea.

Bubble Wands

A party favor that never gets old is bubble wands. 

Stretchy Party Favors – Skeletons and Spiders

Great for a trinket bag.

Halloween Coloring Books

Nice activity for kids during and after the Halloween festivities. It’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.

Halloween Activity Books

Additionally, another great activity following the Halloween events.

Scary Halloween Glasses

These glasses are cute scary, not really scary.

Fidget Bracelets

Bracelets that are colorful and keep kids busy with its unique features.

Barnum’s Animal Crackers

Such a fun and unique item.  The label does say contains wheat and soy.

Pumpkin Coil Springs (Slinky)

A traditional trinket is the coil springs.

Halloween Punch Balloon

These are traditionally a birthday party favor, but this is fun for Halloween as well.

Decorative Pencils

Every student can use more fun pencils.
candy alternatives for halloween

Light Up Necklaces

Necklaces that light up make fun alternatives, and they are great for evening activities.

Fidget Keychain

A fidget keychain is a bubble popping keychain.

Wooden Puzzles

A great way to keep the kids busy are wooden puzzles.

Jumbo Ink Pen

Decorative ink pens are a great prize.

Spinning LED Wand

A bigger prize for your favorite trick-or-treaters is a spinning LED wand.

Neon Friendship Bracelets

A simple friendship bracelet will make any Halloween guest excited.

Puffer Balls

These puffer balls are a fun novelty gift.

Halloween Bookmarks

Bookmarks are a budget friendly option that is always appreciated.

Novelty Foam Glider

Kids and kids at heart alike enjoy foam gliders.

Parachute Toys

Entertainment for hours with little parachute toys.

Mini Flash Lights

Flash lights are fun for Halloween night time activities.


Decorative headbands are fun for little friends.

Colorful Bandana

A relatively inexpensive item is a bandana.

Mini Note Pads

Take note of mini note pads for a great favor item.

Decorative Water Bottle

colorful water bottle is a fun way to say Happy Halloween.

Mini Squish-Mallow

Such a fun little gift for any occasion.

Halloween Mask Craft

Scratch art masks are a fun creative gift favor.

Stress Balls

Why stress about Halloween?  Grab a stress ball and have fun.

Pop Toys

Similar to the fidget bracelet, these are fidget pop toys.

Food Items That Candy Alternatives

There are some fun candy alternatives in this list that are great alternatives for Halloween candy.  The following are edible treat items for candy alternatives.

  • Mott’s Fruit Snacks
  • Go-Go Squeeze Packs
  • Fruit Cups
  • Pudding Cups
  • Dried Fruit like Raisins
  • Snack Size Chips
  • Meat Sticks
  • Juice Boxes
  • Mini Boxes of Cereal
  • Popcorn Packs
  • Apple Sauce
  • Fruit Leather
  • Protein Bars
  • Ramen Noodle Packet
  • Mini Bottles of Water
  • Mini Bag of Pretzels
  • Granola Bars A soft granola bar makes an easy snack for later.  These Blake’s are allergy-friendly.
  • Hot Chocolate Packets -There are several options of hot chocolate packets – original, sugar-free, peppermint.

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Hoping these candy alternatives for Halloween gave you some good ideas for non-candy treats.

Be sure to check out this Pumpkin Spice Hummus to add to the fall menu.


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