Growing up, every year my siblings and I, like many kids, would get all dressed up and walk around our neighborhood trick-or-treating in the hot pursuit of Halloween candy. Candy that would be gobbled up over the next few days. And like many kids, Halloween was my favorite holiday next to Christmas. As such, ever since I’ve been vegan I’ve thought about candy alternatives (aside from vegan candy) people could hand out at Halloween that would still be fun for kids to get, whether they're vegan or not. So here are 12 trick or treating candy alternatives!
I’m quite certain each of these alternatives would have made even my younger Halloween-candy-crazed-self happy. I’m also pretty sure most parents would appreciate an activity their kids could do or something they could play with after trick or treating instead of eating Halloween candy. Or in reality, while they’re eating Halloween candy!
Halloween Pencils: Most of the trick-or-treaters are school-aged so a fun Halloween pencil, like these, would be perfect because they’d be able to bring it to school and use it beyond Halloween. You could also use non-Halloween assorted pencils, it’s up to you!
Stickers: Who doesn't like stickers? Something like these rolls of Halloween stickers would be really great, or these non-Halloween jumbo stickers! All you’d have to do is take some scissors and separate them ahead of time. Depending on how many trick-or-treaters you get you could give more than one sticker to each person!
Temporary Tattoos: These go hand in hand with the stickers. The same principle applies, buy a bunch and hand ‘em out! Here are some cute non-Halloween temporary tattoos and some Halloween temporary tattoos!
Coloring Pages: A Halloween coloring page would be perfect! Ah-hem, this Halloween design would be a great option ;). You could pick one or more designs, print them out, fold or roll them up, then hand them out! Including crayons is up to you, you could buy a bulk amount of 4-crayon packs or buy a bulk amount of loose crayons and hand them out like you would candy.
Activity Page: If you don’t want to even worry about crayons you could do a Halloween themed activity page like a Halloween maze or connect the dots, or both! This would also go great with the pencil idea! You could print two activities per piece of paper, cut it in half and roll one (or both) activity around a pencil and tie it with string or ribbon!
Play-Doh: This one is such a no-brainer, Play-doh even sells trick-or-treating Play-doh in 1 oz sizes and Halloween colors! Not to mention, kids of all ages can appreciate and use Play-Doh!
Glow Sticks: We gave out glow sticks one year and everyone loved them! They’re perfect for Halloween and are a fun accessory that other trick-or-treaters will see and think “I went to that house too!”. Here are some bracelet glow sticks.
Bouncy Balls: Here’s a few different ones I found that would be fun to hand out! Neon glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls, a bulk amount of assorted bouncy balls, and glow-in-the-dark smiley face bouncy balls! You might want to have a second thing to hand out, like Play-Doh or stickers, for the children that are too young to play with bouncy balls.
Chalk: Depending on what the weather's like where you live, sidewalk chalk could also be a great option. You could make your own with a DIY tutorial like this one, or you could buy a bulk pack of jumbo chalk and have each child choose a color! So fun!
Bulk Assortment of Toys: If you’d rather give out a bigger mix of items so that the kids have more to choose from something like this bulk pack of assorted toys would be perfect!
Mini Figurines: I think these would be super fun to get as a trick or treating goodie! Here are some horse figurines, dinosaur figurines, jungle animal figurines, sea creature figurines, and of course for Halloween: BUG figurines! I think my younger sister Darla got a white horse from the horse figurines when we were kids--or a similar mini horse--not from trick or treating but it was fun to see it (or something similar) in the lot of horses!
I had a lot of fun making this list! What candy alternatives would you pass out? Have you passed out something other than candy before? In my neighborhood growing up, there was a house that would pass out bags of chips and another house that would pass out raisins. I don’t think I ever got a toothbrush, or a box of floss, which might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of trick or treating candy alternatives! What do you guys think? I hope you have a great weekend and when/if you do go trick or treating you walk carefully and stay safe! Bring a flashlight!