Candy is delicious but for most of us having it in our house is too risky for our waistline. So this year I am handing out Non-Candy Halloween Treats instead!
I love chocolate. Almost as much as I love coffee and wine…and my husband and children. Knowing this I try to avoid having too much chocolate in my house. Since the kiddos are only 3 years and 6 months old we don’t eat much candy. The only candy you will find is the mini m&m’s I use to help reinforce good potty behavior! To save myself the calories of
possibly definitely breaking into the candy stash I decided to buy non-candy Halloween treats to pass out this year.
The best part about most of the items listed is I can’t gain much weight from them. And many won’t go bad if I buy them too early!
Bonus: You can find larger Halloween or party packs of many of these items that make the cost even cheaper than candy! I love saving money on holiday items that can easily add up if you don’t keep them in check! (and by in check I mean if you eat all of the candy you buy before Halloween you will have to spend double to replace it all!)
Bonus Bonus: If you order them through Amazon you don’t have to go to the store and be tempted to buy things you like instead or more than you need! I personally shop Amazon first for everything to avoid over shopping, get things fast, and avoid paying shipping on my purchases.
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Non-Candy Halloween Treats to Handout:
I found these at Costco and got really excited! There is no way I will try to eat these before or after the holiday. You may think this would only be good for little ones but what high school student wouldn’t play with playdoh if they were given it? (And should they really be trick or treating anyway? Get a job and buy your own candy.)
If you know you don’t get many “customers” or you know many of your neighbors, a Halloween themed book is a great item to give out. You can find a few on Amazon for only a few dollars like the ones below. Another option is to order these from Scholastic book orders if your child gets these from school. They always feature holiday books ahead of time for CHEAP.
Another option the Scholastic book orders if your child gets these from school. They always feature holiday books ahead of time for CHEAP but this requires thinking ahead to make sure they arrive in time.
You can easily buy some of the treasure box or goody bag type of crap from the party store. But I prefer to find a cheap item and buy a bunch of them. The retro items are my picks and are more fun. Again even the
adults older kids would love to use them!
Even kids might get sick of candy and want something else to snack on. Plus most parents will be willing to put these items in their kids lunch box the next day. Win-Win for everyone!
I was inspired by the re-release of Hi-C Ecto Cooler. I have fond memories of drinking this as a treat when I was a kid. And of course, I had to buy it when I found it in the Halloween section of my grocery store. I am a sucker for nostalgia impulse food buys. Any drink would do though and would probably be appreciated for all the walking the trick or treaters are doing! (I’ve linked to Amazon for the Hi-C for ease but was able to buy it cheaper in my grocery store.)
Trick or treating happens in the evening when it is dark or starting to get dark. Glow Stick accessories are an easy way to light kids up to keep them safe by tricking them with a fun item they love!
This is the only item I was hesitant to put on the list since technically it isn’t candy BUT could easily be eaten by me before Halloween.
Just like the school snack category, most parents wouldn’t feel bad if their child took this to lunch as a treat one day. They would feel better about Nutella than sending their child with straight up candy. At least the breadsticks or pretzels make it seem healthier!
What is the one candy you cannot resist at Halloween? Or any other day for that matter.