26 Best Non-Candy Halloween Treats That Toddlers and Tweens Will Love

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October 31 is practically synonymous with Halloween candy, but that doesn't mean you have to hand out candy corn or a variety of mini chocolate bars every year. If you want to think outside of the box, there are plenty of fun and creative non-candy Halloween treats that parents will appreciate — and kids will be excited to play with long after the holiday is over. Not only are lots of these alternatives healthy and allergy-free (most being non-edible toys), they're also great options for your kiddo to hand out at school if candy is a no-go. Plus, they're budget-friendly and easy to order online from places like Amazon and Walmart.

But rest assured: There are no boring toothbrushes on this list (although brushing your teeth is still important!). From glow-in-the-dark goodies to easy DIY Halloween ideas, we have found the best non-candy alternatives for Halloween that won't put a frown on your trick-or-treaters' faces. You just might convince the kids on your block that their favorite Halloween candy has nothing on spooky LED rings or glow-in-the-dark slime. After all, they'll last a whole lot longer than the sweet stuff!

1. LED rings

Halloween-themed light-up rings are age-appropriate goody-bag fillers you can easily nab on Amazon or at your local dollar store.

2. Glow bracelets

Here's a not-so-fun fact: Children are most at risk for being hit by a car on Halloween night, according to TODAY. Hand out glow-in-the-dark accessories can help them stay visible. Plus, who doesn't love a glow bracelet?

3. Slime

Kids are slime-obsessed, and Amazon has lots of fun options, including these individual containers of multicolored metallic goo.

4. Plush toys

Not everything about All Hallows' Eve has to be spooky. Oriental Trading's mini plush Halloween characters, including a smiling ghost and piece of candy corn, make for the cutest keepsakes.

5. Hair scrunchies

Festive and practical, these Halloween hair scrunchies are less than 50 cents a piece.

6. Halloween whoopee cushions

If there's one universal truth known to all of mankind, it's that kids cannot resist the hilarity of a whoopee cushion. These ones feature funny Halloween puns.

7. Glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth

Even if they didn't dress up like a vampire, it's hard to resist these spooky glowing plastic teeth.

8. Novelty glasses

In nine different Halloween-appropriate styles, these glasses are a scream.

9. Magnets

If you want to combine your love for DIY projects and Halloween, these magnets are the best of both worlds. They're the perfect trick-or-treat bag stuffer when you're looking for a non-candy alternative.

10. Stamps

It's never too early to get kids interested in arts and crafts, and these toddler-friendly Halloween stampers are bound to do just that.

11. Bookmarks

Getting a child excited about reading can be difficult, but maybe a cool, festive bookmark will make it just a bit easier?

12. Slinkies

Slinkies are fun for everyone, and Halloween-themed slinkies make great candy alternatives for all the kiddos ringing your doorbell on October 31.

13. Mini skateboards

Before the fidget spinner, there was the Tech Deck — the miniature skateboard everyone played with in middle school during the aughts. Oriental Trading has the cutest Halloween-themed ones.

14. Stickers

What kid doesn't love decorating their notebooks with fun adhesives? Sheets of festive stickers make for fun treats that won't weigh down trick-or-treaters' bags.

15. Snack bags

If you don't have a ton of time to shop, prepackaged individual servings of pretzels, fruit snacks, and Goldfish from Costco are all great non-candy Halloween treat options.

16. Pencil top erasers

School supplies in fun shapes and patterns give them something to enjoy after Halloween ends.

17. Bubbles

Pick up Halloween-themed party-sized bottles or grab packs of plain clear bubble tubes and decorate each with Halloween stickers.


18. Mini bottles of water

Walking from door to door can be a workout, so help the kiddos stay hydrated while they make the rounds. Slap on a festive label and they're good to go.

19. Play-Doh

Whether you hand out a mix of shades or opt for Halloween colors only, kids will love playing with the goods inside these iconic canisters long after the holiday has passed.

20. Temporary tattoos

Halloween-themed tattoos are safe for the kiddos, easy to press on, and they'll have a blast showing them off at school the next day.

21. Bouncy balls

Opt for creepy eyeballs in the bouncy ball department if you want to stay with the Halloween theme on October 31.

22. Key chains

Whether they attach 'em to their jean loops or to their backpack, they'll love bouncing around with these cute pumpkin, skeleton, or ghost key chains.

23. Slap bracelets

You loved them in the '80s and '90s, and now your kids will know the joy of a slap bracelet, too. These festive versions keep the Halloween spirit alive.

24. Activity pads

Instead of a treat that'll last for all of five seconds, hand out 48 pages worth of assorted coloring sheets, puzzles, and games that'll keep them occupied for hours.

25. Drink packets

Give the kids a treat they can look forward to savoring later, like a mug of warm apple cider or hot chocolate on a cold winter night.

26. Pop fidget toys

Both kids and adults alike will enjoy these pumpkin-shaped pop fidget toys that help soothe anxiety one pop at a time.

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