Candy Free Halloween Ideas for Trick-or-Treaters

Did you know 1 in every 13 trick-or-treaters that will come to your door this Halloween will have a food allergy.  As in candy is a no go.  Keep the candy, but consider also stocking up on some fun food free toys and trinkets to hand out.  Some of these you can make yourself.  Put out a teal pumpkin and whip up a batch of slime or crayon bones with the kids.

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Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins as a primer.  In the video I talk all about what a teal pumpkin is and why.  You can also get inspired with my posts on HGTV, DIY Network and right here.  Once you have your teal pumpkin in place lot’s of people wonder about what to hand out and will it cost them more than a bag of candy.  The answer is no.  Goodies like stickers, temporary tattoos and spider rings cost about the same if not less.  Buy ready made toys to hand out or get crafty and make your own.

Candy free ideas for trick-or-treaters. DIY Halloween slime by Jennifer Perkins

Halloween Slime – My kids LOVE making slime.  Why not spread the sticky joy around with single serving ramekin sized slimes to hand out to trick-or-treaters.  Creepy eyeball optional, but highly suggested.

Candy free ideas for Halloween trick-or-treaters by Jennifer Perkins

Pencils and Erasers – School aged kids can always use pencils and erasers.  You can easily find these in bulk at the store or if you plan ahead you can get custom pencils made.  Check out this Halloween goodie bag buffet I made for more ideas.

Ideas for a candy free Halloween by Jennifer Perkins

The Witch Is In – Those pencils might also need sharpeners who wouldn’t want to stick a pencil up a witch’s nose to sharpen it.  Another fun hand out are plastic witch fingers.  Hosting a Halloween party?  How about some Witch Bowling?

DIY melted crayon bones for Halloween by Jennifer Perkins

Crayon Bones – Collecting broken crayons in the kids art box?  Melt them into something fun to hand out.  Baking tins come all types of fun designs.  Check out these Halloween crayons.

Candy free Halloween trick-or-treat ideas by Jennifer Perkins

Let It Glow – All kids love glow sticks and on a dark night like Halloween the parents will thank you for handing these out.

Give crafts not candy this Halloween with these fun food safe Teal pumpkin ideas for Halloween by Jennifer Perkins

Sticky and Spooky – Give crafts not candy is one of my favorite mottos.  Elmer’s was kind enough to send over all these mini glue bottles and I can’t wait to hand them out.

Candy free ideas for tween trick-or-treaters at Halloween by Jennifer Perkins

Tween Scream – slightly older kids might enjoy some Halloween bling.  Rings, polish and even necklaces can be found in bulk to please the trick-or-tweens in your neighborhood.

DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Chalk by Jennifer Perkins

Glow in the Dark Chalk – Making chalk is surprisingly easy and while you are at it, why not make that chalk glow in the dark.  Experiment with different molds – like eggs for Easter.

Teal pumpkin inspiration and candy free alternatives to handout at Halloween by Jennifer Perkins

Halloween is almost here!  What will you be handing out or bringing to the class party?  Halloween themed books to read?  Spooky Soap? DIY Coloring Books?  Remember 1 in 13 kids averages out to 2 children per classroom that might be excluded by candy.  Parents, dentists and kids with food allergies will thank you for stocking up on some fun alternatives like these.



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