Do you know about teal pumpkins? It represents allergies. And instead of kids with food allergies missing out on Halloween, we have a great list of Halloween toys which make great alternatives to candy. 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

1. Halloween Soap

Hand out homemade Halloween soap – with eyeballs or spiders or bugs inside!

2. Homemade Playdough

Make homemade playdough and give it out in plastic baggies. You could even include a Halloween-themed cookie cutter, too.

3. Glow In The Dark Bouncy Balls

Drop a glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball in her teal pumpkin.

4. Mini Coloring Books and Crayons

Hand out mini coloring books and crayons.

5. Ghost Slime

Give out ghost slime!

6. Glow Sticks, Bracelets, and Necklaces

Fill teal pumpkins with glow sticks, glow bracelets or glow necklaces.

7. Halloween Pencils or Erasers

Put Halloween pencils or erasers in his trick-or-treat bag.

8. Bubbles 

Share bottles of bubbles.

9. Finger Puppets

Drop some finger puppets into their teal bucket.

10. Vampire Fangs

Hand out vampire fangs.

11. Temporary Tattoos

Give out temporary tattoos.

12. 3D Stickers

Share sheets of 3D Stickers with kids.

13. Spider Rings

Offer spider rings in a variety of colors.

14. Reusable Halloween Drinking Straws

Hand out reusable Halloween drinking straws with pumpkins and skeletons.

15. Flying Slingshot Frog

Drop a Jump n Leap frog in her teal bucket.  

16. Sticky Hand Toys

Give out mini sticky hands toys.

17. Mini Vinyl Paratroopers

Hand out mini vinyl paratroopers.

18. Die Cast Toy Cars

Dish out some die-cast toy cars.

19. Slap Bracelets

Slap bracelets are a fun non-candy alternative!

20. Halloween Assorted Stamps

These are great alternatives to candy! Halloween stamps are fun, colorful, and allows a kid to decorate stuff.

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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