Anyone who has taken a child trick-or-treating knows those Halloween bags can fill up fast. The amount of candy can be staggering—and unhealthy. Sometimes, it’s wasteful, too, as many parents end up throwing a lot away. Consider these 21 alternatives that are both functional and fun.
1. Hand out spooky adhesive bandages.
Take the spooky route and grab a box of scary bandages, like these booboo monsters from Amazon where you get 20 for under $10.
2. Pass out fortune cookies.
Go for Halloween-themed fortunes through Oriental Trading where you get 50 cookies for $8.49, or buy regular fortune cookies. Either way, kids have something to look forward to reading.
3. Throw a bouncy ball into a trick-or-treat bag.
Bouncy balls are not only entertaining but they come in every imaginable design. Places like Oriental Trading carry these in bulk for as low as 50 for $13.99.
4. Give out monster bookmarks.
Inspire the reader in every kid. Try this easy tutorial using cardstock paper.
5. Opt for cereal bars instead of candy.
Here’s a healthier option that kids still love eating. You can get 98 Nature Valley bars from Costco for under $17.
6. Hand out Halloween-themed erasers.
Kids love decorating their pencils. Check your local Dollar Tree first where you can often find a dozen Halloween-themed erasers for a $1.
7. Offer trick-or-treaters real fruit leather.
You can buy a box of 48 eco-friendly ones for less than $20 on Amazon.
8. Throw a glow stick in a trick-or-treater’s bag.
Get a variety pack from Walmart: 100 pieces for under $6.
9. Hand out Goldfish cracker snack packs.
What kid doesn’t love Goldfish? Buy a box of 30 for less than $12 at Jet.
10. Send trick-or-treaters off with googly eyes.
Nothing beats a good laugh more than putting googly eyes on sippy cups or bananas. Amazon Prime members can get a bag of 500 for less $6.
11. Give out colorful hair accessories.
While Halloween-themed hair accessories are always fun, regular ones last all year.
12. Pass out organic juice boxes.
Costco sells 40-count Honest Kids Organic Variety Juice Packs for under $15.
13. Let kids pick out a mini army guy or two.
Buy a 100-piece set of plastic toy soldiers for under $9. These toys are for children over the age of 3.
14. Hand out mini boxes of crayons.
Look for a box of 100 4-set crayons at the Webstaurant Store for less than $9. Make sure these go out to kids over the age of 3.
15. Treat kids with mini Play-Doh.
A 15-count party bag from Toys”R”Us currently runs for $6.99, and if your total cost is over $19, your shipping is free.
16. Pass out pencils.
Oriental Trading is one place where you can buy a pack of 24 for under $5.
17. Drop spider rings into Halloween bags.
A package of 144 spider rings from Fun F/X goes for under $4 a pack.
18. Give out stickers.
You can find these at most stores, including Walmart where a sheet of 24 can run about $5.
19. Give temporary tattoos as treats.
The kids might like these over candy. You can find 120-count sheets at Party City for just under $6.
20. Hand out fake mustaches.
Amazon Prime members can get a pack of 36 mustaches for $7.99 with free 2-day shipping.
21. Drop in a yo-yo.
Discount Party Supplies has yo-yo 12-packs for $2.75.