According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), approximately 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million kids under the age of 18. That’s one in 13 kids. Therefore, chances are you have kids in your neighborhood that have food allergies or medical conditions that cause sensitivity to certain types of food, including candy.
This Halloween, you can show love to your neighbors (and put parents’ fears at ease) by providing alternative Halloween treats for kids. This will allow all kids in your neighborhood to join the fun of Halloween without worrying about their food allergies or sensitivities. You might even meet some new neighbors you haven’t had the chance to connect with yet.
If you decide to hand out alternative Halloween treats this year, you can put a teal pumpkin on your front porch to show you have safe treats for kids with food allergies. You can learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and read about how being a part of it makes a difference for so many kids on Halloween.
10 Alternative Halloween Treats for Kids
Slime is one of the most popular toys for younger and older kids. Whether it is fluffy, glittery, or glow-in-the-dark, any type of slime will be great on Halloween. If you decide to use slime as part of your alternative Halloween treats, you can buy it in bulk on Amazon.
2. Spooky Accessories
Since Halloween supplies are on their way out to make room for Christmas, there are a variety of spooky accessories you can buy for a great price at your local party supply store or craft store. While shopping in the clearance section, look for plastic vampire teeth, plastic spider rings, and other age-appropriate accessories.
Another popular toy that would be great for alternative Halloween treats is squishies. Squishies come in a variety of sizes and types. From favorite foods and animals to emojis and seasonal characters, there will be something for every trick-or-treater that comes and knocks on your door. You can find squishies on Amazon or at your local craft store such as Michaels.
4. Glow Sticks
Glow sticks make great alternative Halloween treats because kids love them and they can help light the way as they trick-or-treat in your neighborhood. And the best part is these are affordable and can be found at any local store, even the dollar store.
5. Play Dough
A toy that never seems to go out of style is play dough. It is great for ages 3 years and older. Kids can make all sorts of fun shapes, food, and characters. You can find party bag sizes at Costco and Target.
6. Activity Kits
Small activity kits typically include coloring pages, crayons, and stickers. You can find seasonal activity kits and a variety of popular characters such as Mickey Mouse, PAW Patrol, and JoJo Siwa. You can find them in the party aisle at your local Walmart or Target or in your local party supply store such as Party City.
7. Bouncy Balls
Another great find in the party aisle of your local store is bouncy balls. You can find a variety that go along with your Halloween theme. You can find bouncy balls in the shape of eyeballs or glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls (and then they won’t lose them while trick-or-treating).
8. Stickers and Tattoos
Kids love stickers and temporary tattoos. You can find a variety of characters or seasonal stickers and tattoos. You can give out a few to each trick-or-treater that stops by your house.
9. Bubble Wands
Although bubble wands are used more often in the summer, they still make great alternative Halloween treats. They will probably blow some bubbles as they walk around the neighborhood.
10. Halloween Pencils and Notepads
Who doesn’t love to doodle? Halloween pencils and notepads can be festive and fun for kids to draw pictures and write notes in. They might even use them at school the next day.
Having alternative Halloween treats for kids is a simple (but great) way to love your neighbors this year! For other ideas of how we can love our neighbors this Halloween, check out our seasonal blogs.