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The Best Non-Candy Halloween Treats for Kids in 2019

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Candy on Halloween is something all kids look forward to! But, there are all kinds of reasons why you might need some non-candy halloween treats: allergy-friendly alternatives, healthier alternatives, dye-sensitivities, orthodontic-friendly treats, to name a few! Here are my top 10 non-candy halloween treats that kids will love this year!

non-candy halloween treats for kids: image of trick or treater holding a jack o lantern bag

As all of you know, I’m a pretty health conscious mom. I’ve always been an advocate for healthy, clean eating, and am often appalled at the junk that’s allowed into our food supply by way of packaged foods. I’m especially appalled at the marketing of junk food to kids.

So what does a mom like me do on Halloween? It might surprise you to hear this but I….

Let my kids go trick or treating and eat candy.


Because honestly, I don’t want to deprive them of enjoying a special, festive holiday. I also don’t want them to develop an unhealthy relationship with food, and I want them to learn that there’s a time and space to enjoy treats – and that treats are ok in moderation. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of candy, once in a while.

After we’re done trick or treating I let them pick out one or two pieces to enjoy, and then we put the rest away (and my husband slowly makes his way through the stash 😂). But when I’m handing out candy, I hand out a mix of traditional halloween candy, healthier sweet treats and non-candy treats to be both allergy-friendly and provide a healthier option for trick-or-treaters!

Here are my Top 5 Healthy Halloween Sweet Treats

Annie’s Organic Really Peely Fruit Tape

Like Fruit-by-the-Foot but with no artificial ingredients!

Honest Kids Organic Juice Drink

Still a sugary-ish drink, but WAY better than juice or soda, with the added benefit of being organic!

Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chip Snack Packs

Only 3 ingredients: organic sugar, chocolate, and cocoa butter!

YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks

Each fruit snack pack is less than 50 cents, and has much better ingredients than the typical fruit snacks handed out on Halloween.

YumEarth Organic Lollipops

50 organic, naturally flavored lollipops for only 13 cents each!

Here are my Top 10 Non-Candy Halloween Treats for Kids in 2019

Halloween-Themed Assorted Stamps

What kid doesn’t love stamps? These are super cute and affordable, great for handing out on Halloween

Halloween Themed Stickers!

I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t like stickers. These are inexpensive and easy to hand out.

Bubble Wands!

Another crowd-pleaser, and at a little over $1 per wand, it’s a great buy-in-bulk treat.

Bouncy Balls

At only 24 cents per bouncy ball, these halloween themed toys is something every kid will enjoy!

Paper Airplanes

These are a great alternative to candy, and are super fun for kids to put together and fly around!

Temporary Tattoos

My daughter is obsessed with temporary tattoos, and would take a couple of these over a piece of candy any day!

Light Up Rings!

Honestly, these things are AWESOME. And kids will love wearing them right after you hand them out as they walk around at night!

Glow Bracelets!

Along the same lines as the light up rings but cheaper!

Play Doh

You really can’t go wrong with this classic!

Invisible Ink Spy Pens

These are super cool pens — The ink is invisible after you write with it, unless you use the light on the pencap to see the message you’ve written!

No matter what you hand out at Halloween, the main thing is to just enjoy the holiday with your kids!! It only happens once a year, so if they eat a little bit more sugar than usual it’s not the end of the world ☺️

I’d recommend buying a handful of these non-candy (or healthier candy) treats to mix up what kids can pick out from your Halloween basket. It also helps to add these in if you’re trying to be a little healthier this holiday, provide something for kids who have allergies/dietary restrictions, or provide an alternative for parents want to reduce the volume of candy their child is bringing home. These treats are great options that kids will absolutely love! I hope you have an amazing start to this fall and holiday season and a great upcoming Halloween!

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