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.
HALLOWEEN TOYS ARE SAFER FOR SOME KIDS
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!
TEAL PUMPKINS FOR THE WIN
So, you can let trick-or-treaters know that you have non-candy items available? Place a teal pumpkin on your doorstep!
These days, more and more stores are carrying teal pumpkins, including Wal-Mart and Michael’s.
BEST HALLOWEEN TOYS To Hand Out Instead Of Candy
- Hand out homemade Halloween soap – with eyeballs or spiders or bugs inside!
- Make homemade playdough and give it out in plastic baggies. You could even include a Halloween-themed cookie cutter, too.
- Drop a glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball in her teal pumpkin.
- Hand out mini coloring books and crayons.
- Give out ghost slime!
- Fill teal pumpkins with glow sticks, glow bracelets or glow necklaces.
- Put Halloween pencils or erasers in his trick-or-treat bag.
- Share bottles of bubbles.
- Drop some finger puppets into their teal bucket.
- Hand out vampire fangs.
- Give out temporary tattoos.
- Share sheets of 3D Stickers with kids.
- Offer spider rings in a variety of colors.
- Hand out reusable Halloween drinking straws with pumpkins and skeletons.
- Drop a flying slingshot frog in her teal bucket.
- Give out mini sticky hands toys.
- Hand out mini vinyl paratroopers.
- Dish out some die-cast toy cars.
- Slap bracelets are a fun non-candy alternative!
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.
More Halloween Fun from Kids Activities Blog
- If your child has Autism, help others be aware by using a blue pumpkin Halloween bucket. A lot of people like to jump out and scare others, but letting others know your child needs a little extra care is a great way to help keep them happy and safe this Halloween.
- There are other ways to stay safe during Halloween too! We have all the safety tips!
- Check out these Halloween foods for kids! No candy involved, we promise.
- Your kids will go bananas for these Halloween banana pops treats!
- Need a quick snack for your child’s Halloween party? Here are 13 zombie treats that are sure to please!
- This Halloween punch for kids is delightfully spooky!
- You can find so many easy Halloween cookie ideas here.
- We’re so inspired by this company that makes Halloween costumes – free of charge – for kids who have wheelchairs.
- Sew a jack o lantern bag for trick-or-treating this Halloween.
- Are kids ever too old for Halloween? See what the experts say.
Will you be handing out toys this year? What kind? Share with us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!