Candy-Free Alternatives for Trick-Or-Treaters

Candy Free Alternatives for Trick or Treaters

Have you heard of the teal pumpkin project? Launched at a national level in 2014, the goal is to help all children enjoy Halloween, even those with food allergies. It’s easy to participate – just have some non-food treats at your house for trick-or-treaters and indicate so by putting out a teal pumpkin (or printable window poster).

Because I have a son with food allergies, I love taking part in this initiative. It’s also great to have non-candy items for the really little guys (even if they don’t have allergies). Plus, I don’t need to worry about eating any leftovers 😉

Here’s a few of the great non-food alternatives for trick-or-treaters this year that I found on Amazon*. The great news is there’s plenty of options to fit any budget!


Play-Doh (80 cans for $30) | Syringe Pens (24 for $8.50) | Novelty Toys (150 pieces for $20)

Candy-Free Alternatives for Halloween

Tattoos (72 for $5) | LED pack (60 pieces for $17) | Lego guys (20 for $17)

Oriental Trading Company also has a TON of other options!

Are you interested in joining the teal pumpkin project this year? If so, get some non-food goodies and make sure to add your house to the map here!

*This post contains affiliate links.

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  • Reply Roxanne October 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I love candy free alternatives in general, but it must be such a relieve to kids and parents living with food allergies!

  • Reply Amanda | Maple Alps October 19, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    These are great ideas! I’m not a fan of handing out candy, just because I wouldn’t feed it to my own kids, haha.

  • Reply Desiree Grubbs October 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I love the Teal pumpkin project! More people need to be aware of the food allergies kids face. These are awesome candy alternative ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Mommyhoodandmentalhealth October 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I read about the teal pumpkin project last year, and thought it was a great idea. My son (now 10 months) had a dairy allergy which he thankfully just outgrew, so this was something on my mind for future Halloweens. I will be adding my house for sure 🙂

  • Reply Kristi @ happily ever Griedls October 19, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Love all of these alternatives! And with so much candy – kids would too!

  • Reply Michael October 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    The options are so much better than candy

  • Reply One Mile Smile October 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I think I will have to include some of this in what I give out this year … I also wouldn’t mind if my kids get some of this stuff instead of candy. So much candy!

  • Reply Candace @ Fullest Mom October 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

    First, I want to be your neighbor. My kids would be ECSTATIC to have lego people instead of candy. Personally, not a fan of all the sugar. When we do Halloween, I either give half away or it lasts to next June. LOL. Very good tips here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Inez Bayardo October 16, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I really love this idea! Being a kid with food allergies has got to be pretty rough… what a great way to make sure they’re not left out!

  • Reply inspiringdiaries October 15, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    The candy alternative is a great thing! I love the syringe pens, they are AWESOME!!

  • Reply Shann Eva October 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    This is such a great project. There are so many children with allergies, and it’s so important that they get to participate too. My son just brought a non-food treat for his birthday to school so everyone could join. Dollar spot at Target on clearance for the win!

  • Reply ShortsSweetMom October 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I think that the teal pumpkin is such a wonderful idea. Now that I have a child with diet restrictions the teal pumpkin will be a necessity as she gets older.

  • Reply Stacy October 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t know who came up with the teal pumpkin but it’s genius. I love this idea. I’m glad you posted about it because I had no idea anyone did this.

  • Reply Jen G October 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Mini figures are awesome treats!

  • Reply Julie S. October 14, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Great ideas for candy alternatives. Kids get enough candy as it is, and you’re right when kids have allergies that makes Halloween so dangerous.

  • Reply Krystal Miller (@hhtfamilyblog) October 14, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    We are doing teal pumpkin this year. I have two kids with food allergies, so I love seeing others support this project

  • Reply gloriousmomblog October 14, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Those are great non-candy alternatives! Halloween candy lasts us months (well, at least the ones my husband and I don’t swipe) because we get so much just from Trunk or Treat and church, and we monitor strictly how much sugar our littles have.

  • Reply sganong October 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I love the candy alternative idea! Mostly because I’ve got food limitations, and it’s so hard to ignore the candy if it’s here haha! Play-doh it is 😉

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