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Trick-or-(Unsweetened) Treat! 20 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween Candy Alternatives

I understand and respect the decision some parents make to hand out toothpaste and apples on Halloween — after all, there’s an obesity epidemic and cavities are awful! But honestly, what kid really gets excited for these items? This year, instead of handing out things kids are going to throw away (because they’re impossible to trade), try any of these candy alternatives. From gummy teeth to glow-in-the-dark goo, little ghosts and goblins everywhere will be treated.


  • Halloween mini pens 1 of 20
    Halloween mini pens
    Every kid will love one of these colorful mini pens! Each pack features an assortment of fun Halloween designs.
    $6 for 24 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Stickers 2 of 20
    Stickers
    Imagine the surprise at the post trick-or-treat-trading session when someone whips out a pack of stickers? Everyone will want one!
    $4 for 72 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Halloween stampers 3 of 20
    Halloween stampers
    Kids will be able to send spooky notes to each other with these Halloween stampers. They're also great for decorating your scrapbook pages.
    $7 for 24 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Glow-in-the-dark slime 4 of 20
    Glow-in-the-dark slime
    It's every kid's dream — a handful of oozy slime. Perfect for Halloween mischief!
    $10 per dozen at Oriental Trading Company
  • Bubbles 5 of 20
    Bubbles
    Kids will get a kick out of blowing bubbles from these colorful bottles. Sure to brighten anyone's dark Halloween night!
    $4.99 for 48 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Pencil top spinners 6 of 20
    Pencil top spinners
    These prismatic pencil toppers are a treat that'll last the rest of the school year. Watch the Jack-o'-Lantern spin on top of your pencil!
    $3.99 for 24 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Robot putty 7 of 20
    Robot putty
    These robots aren't filled with gears and wires — they're filled with stretchy, bouncy, silver putty!
    $3.19 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Halloween crayons 8 of 20
    Halloween crayons
    What kid doesn't enjoy crayons? This treat is way more entertaining than a chocolate bar (though admittedly not as tasty).
    $5.25 for 24 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Stretchable flying frogs 9 of 20
    Stretchable flying frogs
    Kids will be playing with these lively frogs all night. Loop one around your fingertip, stretch it back, release it and watch it fly like a witch on a broomstick!
    $2.99 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Monster pop-ups 10 of 20
    Monster pop-ups
    Press these vinyl monsters down and see 'em pop back up! With wide eyes and silly smiles, these colorful creatures are anything but scary!
    $4 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Monster rubber duckies 11 of 20
    Monster rubber duckies
    These ducks will scare up some fun for littler trick-or-treaters.
    $6 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Everyday origami booklets 12 of 20
    Everyday origami booklets
    Each booklet includes instructions and paper for making 12 amazing origami animals. Foldable fun for everyone!
    $8 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Foam ship craft kits 13 of 20
    Foam ship craft kits
    Raise the anchor, lower the sails and sail away on the Spirit of the Seas. This simple foam ship includes self-adhesive pieces and actually floats! (Candy can't do that!)
    $8 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Wacky monster bendables 14 of 20
    Wacky monster bendables
    Invite these bendable characters to your post-candy swap monster bash.
    $20 for 48 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Spool apple craft kits 15 of 20
    Spool apple craft kits
    These apples are way more fun than real ones! This kit includes wooden spools, self-adhesive foam pieces, paper tags and ribbon.
    $3.99 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Halloween dough 16 of 20
    Halloween dough
    This isn't your typical Play-Doh. There's a fun stamp on every lid and they "Boo Bunch" Halloween characters including a witch, green monster, vampire and werewolf.
    $2 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Inflatable mini Halloween beach balls 17 of 20
    Inflatable mini Halloween beach balls
    Give these inflatable mini Halloween beach balls to trick-or-treaters and the party will last into the summer. Or until the next pool party.
    $4.99 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Halloween reflector necklace craft kit 18 of 20
    Halloween reflector necklace craft kit
    You'll be able to provide safety tips AND craft lessons when you make these foam Halloween reflector necklaces with the kids.
    $4.99 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Flashlight key chains 19 of 20
    Flashlight key chains
    Why? Because every kid loves flashlights and it'll help them see on the candy trail.
    $5 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company
  • Monster Wind-Up Teeth 20 of 20
    Monster Wind-Up Teeth
    They 'cant to suck your blood! Wind up these chomping teeth and watch 'em chatter as they walk!
    $10 for 12 at Oriental Trading Company

 

 

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