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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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