As the parent of a child who has anaphylaxis dairy allergies, occasions like Halloween can be stressful. I want to make sure my child is safe. That is why I love it when people hand out Halloween candy alternatives.

I have also come to be on the lookout for teal pumpkin signs. The teal pumpkin is an initiative that was launched back in 2014. It means that non-food treats are available at that particular home.

Whether food allergies impact your family, or you simply don’t want all the junk food and candy in your home, you may be seeking out some non-food Halloween treat ideas.

Today I thought I would share some exciting and creative Halloween candy alternatives with you!

Check out these Halloween candy alternatives! Over 20 ideas that don't involve food! #halloween #halloweentreats Click To Tweet


Colouring Books

Colouring books are easy to find and inexpensive when purchased in sets or from places like dollar stores.


Stickers are a beloved treat. They don’t have to be Halloween-themed stickers either!

Bouncy Balls

What child doesn’t love a bouncy ball (although it might not be a favourite in the eyes of adults. *wink*)

Glow Sticks

Kids LOVE glow sticks / glow jewelry. Plus if they want to wear it trick or treating, it makes them more visible!

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are loads of fun for young children.

Decorative Pencils

Let’s face it, every kid uses pencils. Why not hand out some fancy ones? To keep costs down, pencils can often be purchased in large sets.

Special Erasers

Fancy erasers are fun too!


Okay, the kids may not like you for this treat, but it is practical! These toothbrushes are individually wrapped.


Individually wrapped flossers are inexpensive and help keep kids’ teeth healthy as well!

Smelly Markers

Why not purchase several sets of smelly markers and hand out one per child? Kids LOVE smelly markers!

Writing Journals

Writing journals are a great alternative to treats and can be purchased from dollar stores or during back-to-school sales.


Bubbles are loads of fun, regardless of the child’s age!


Mini containers of playdough are inexpensive and are a great way to spark a child’s creativity.

Containers of Slime

Slime is a great non-food treat for the older kids!

Activity Pads

Activity pads are fun and can last for a few weeks after Halloween has passed.

Rings & Necklaces

Rings and necklaces are fun items to give away. I find the Halloween-themed ones go over BIG with the kids!

Cookie Cutters

A cute cookie cutter is a fabulous item to hand out to the kiddos!

Bubble Bath or Bath Bombs

Everyone needs to take baths right?! These little bath bombs are especially cute!

Playing Cards

Kids can play all sorts of games with playing cards!

Flower/Herb Seeds

We live in an area where the snow is usually settling on the ground around Halloween. However, herbs can be grown indoors or the seeds can be saved until next spring! These Earth paper seed cards are the cutest!

Sidewalk Chalk

If it hasn’t snowed yet, sidewalk chalk is a fun item to give away to your trick or treaters!

Hair Combs

Why not give out brand new hair combs?!

Hatch and Grow Dino Eggs

Kids love these dino eggs that you hatch and grow!


This one is a hit with the older kids. Who doesn’t want to find some change in their Halloween bag?!

While this list isn’t exhaustive, I hope it spurs some non-food Halloween treat ideas for you!



Jennifer Bly on FacebookJennifer Bly on InstagramJennifer Bly on PinterestJennifer Bly on Twitter
Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

Cookies are disabled. This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Click the ACCEPT COOKIES button to enable cookies. LEARN MORE

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.


Cookies are disabled
Accept Cookies by clicking "ACCEPT COOKIES" button.