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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.
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?
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.
Festive and practical, these Halloween hair scrunchies are less than 50 cents a piece.
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.
Even if they didn't dress up like a vampire, it's hard to resist these spooky glowing plastic teeth.
In nine different Halloween-appropriate styles, these glasses are a scream.
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.
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.
Getting a child excited about reading can be difficult, but maybe a cool, festive bookmark will make it just a bit easier?
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.
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.
School supplies in fun shapes and patterns give them something to enjoy after Halloween ends.
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.
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.
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
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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