10 Alternatives to Halloween Candy for Trick-or-Treaters


If you’ve been following me on Instagram you would have seen that I was happy when I saw Halloween Play-Doh being sold at Costco (Yes, I know it’s August). I love Halloween and absolutely love the idea of people giving away “things” rather than candy. I know it’s still summer and my daughter is still very young, but I can’t help but think about what we’re going to do when our daughter brings home pillowcases FULL of candy after a night of tick-o-treating in a few years.

First of all, let me start by staying that I love Halloween. I love the tradition of going trick-or-treating, getting dressed up in a costume and carving pumpkins. I think the whole season is fabulous and I look forward to it every year

I’m not a big fan of candy. I get it though, it’s a kid thing… but I can’t see our family eating that much candy. It’s too much. I love the idea of her “things” or healthy alternatives (juice).

Here are a few ideas of cheap, fun things you could give away at Halloween instead of candy:

  1. Play-Doh (as shown above)
  2. Mini containers of bubbles
  3. Plastic creatures (dinosaurs, farm animals, monsters)
  4. Bracelets 
  5. Mini colouring books (with or without crayons)
  6. Mini note pads (with or without pencils and erasers)
  7. Stickers
  8. Costume accessories (vampire teeth, clown noses)
  9. Fake spiders and snakes
  10. Craft kits to DIY monster magnets (I’ll blog about this later in October)

This blogger at Play Eat Grow has some other really great ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy (juice boxes, nail polish, glow stick bracelets). Check out her blog here.

Do you have any ideas? What have you done in the past?



Follow Jenny Jenny’s board Collections on Pinterest.

Do you collect things? I do. I actually have a few odd collections.

When I was little, I used to collect pencils, erasers and stickers. I vaguely remember also collecting marbles and Pogs, but I can’t remember if I actually collected them per say or just played with them a lot.


These days, I have a more *ahem* sophisticated collection. I’m a huge Starbucks fan and have started collecting their mugs and gift cards. I would love to collect some Starbucks gift cards from all over the world, but so far I only have ones from Florida and Canada.

I’m also starting a temporary tattoo collection. I’m just at the beginning stage of this collection. I have High School Musical tattoos (I mean who wouldn’t want Zac Efron* tattooed on them) and Hello Kitty tattoos. I think this would be a fun collection to give to my daughter when she’s a little bit older. Maybe I’ll have enough tattoos that she can give herself a full sleeve. Ha! Best mom ever!

Do you have any collections? What do you collect?


* Speaking of Zac Efron, have you seen this Tonight Show video with Jimmy Fallon, Seth Rogan and Zac Efron. Ewwww!