Think Outside the Candy Jar

Trick-or-Treat Alternatives for Halloween

Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of candy on October 31st.  Your neighbors will supply plenty of those sweet, sticky confections, no doubt. If you want to offer something different, here are a few ideas for candy alternatives.

  • Give out anything glow in the dark. Sticks, stickers, bracelets, necklaces. Not only do kids love anything that glows but it also promotes safety on Halloween, making kids more visible to drivers.
  • Print out free Halloween coloring sheets. Roll each sheet into a scroll, add a couple of crayons, and secure the whole package with a ribbon.
  • Offload your spare change. For easy packaging, you can mix up your holidays by using Easter eggs—orange and green ones will still look Halloween-ish.
  • Keep kids hydrated. Patrolling the neighborhood can be quite exhausting for little ones, so why not hand out 100% juice boxes to recharge their batteries.
  • Pre-packaged snacks like granola bars, fruit snacks, trail mix or crackers can give kids something less sugary to snack on while they’re making their rounds around the neighborhoods.

Remember—the majority of parents will (and should) throw out any edibles that aren’t sealed. So if you want to give a healthy alternative to candy, it still needs to be individually packaged by the manufacturer, like a snack-sized bag of pretzels. As much as you’d like to whip up something homemade for the little ghosts and goblins, stick to store-bought alternatives. Your baked goods could end up in the trash.

If you just can’t resist the sweet stuff, then you might as well save. Get $1 off on any 2 bags of Skittles, Starburst, or Life Savers Gummies at And for the chocolate lovers, save $1 on any 2 Halloween bags of Snickers, Twix, M&M’s, Milky Way, or 3 Musketeers.


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