We have put together a great guide to help you choose the best Halloween toys to hand out instead of candy! Candy is great for most kids, but there are a number of kids who can’t have candy because of certain food allergies.

On Halloween night, it is the outside of a house decorated with Halloween decor and two costumed children are at the door trick-or-treating with their pumpkin buckets.


It’s Halloween night and costumed kids are ringing your doorbell nonstop. You might think that all the ghosts and witches and princesses want candy!

But the truth is some trick-or-treaters have food allergies – meaning they can’t eat any of the sweets you’re offering.

That’s where Halloween toys come in!

Halloween Toys The Safer Alternative To Candy For Some

Halloween toys are a safer alternative to food for those trick-or-treaters who are allergic to the ingredients in candy.

We’ve rounded up 20+ Halloween toys that you can drop into teal trick-or-treat pumpkins that costumed kids are carrying – or feel free to offer non-food treats to all of your trick-or-treaters. (Perhaps, some kids would rather have a toy than candy!)

Or if you’re wondering what to put in Halloween goodie bags for a school class party or an upcoming Halloween party at home, the list below will be helpful.  

What Do Teal Pumpkins Mean?

We keep talking about Teal Pumpkins, but what do they actually mean?

Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep let’s trick or treaters know you have safe alternatives to candy.

A child carrying a teal pumpkin means that they have food allergies and would benefit from a toy better than candy.

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Where Did The Teal Pumpkin Idea Come From?

The Teal Pumpkin idea came from the Teal Pumpkin Project which was started by the people at Fare.

The people at Fare research food allergies and in 2013 Fare and others decided to bring awareness to food allergies when it comes to Halloween.

Thus making it safer for kids to enjoy trick or treating and making Halloween more inclusive!


So, you can let trick-or-treaters know that you have non-candy items available? Place a teal pumpkin on your doorstep!

You can use a teal pumpkin made of foam, a teal trick-or-treat bucket, or break out a paintbrush and paint a real pumpkin! There are even teal pumpkin signs!

These days, more and more stores are carrying teal pumpkins, including Wal-Mart and Michael’s.

A boy wearing a pirate hat and a striped shirt holds up a teal bucket filled with pencils and toys and other non-food items. He is standing in front of a house with two more teal pumpkins and an orange pumpkin.
Placing a teal pumpkin near your door lets trick-or-treaters know that you offer non-candy Halloween treats.

BEST HALLOWEEN TOYS To Hand Out Instead Of Candy

There are so many fun Halloween candy alternatives you can give out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Consider adding some Halloween-themed toys to your “candy” bowl this year. Trick-or-treaters with food allergies will thank you!

What non-candy items do you typically give out on Halloween night? Please share your Halloween treat bag ideas in the comments below. 

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Will you be handing out toys this year? What kind? Share with us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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