Non Food Halloween Treats

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With the growing concern of food safety and children getting an abundance of extra calories from sweets, many people are looking to give non-food items for Halloween. Non-food treats also benefit those of us giving out the treats because we don’t end up finishing off the sweets that we don’t give out. We’ll have plenty of other opportunities in the coming months for extra calories during the Holidays, so skipping the chance for calories from Halloween candy can help prevent the usual 10 pounds gained over November and December.

Clemson University has some great ideas for alternative treats. Plan to get a variety of items in order to have something for all ages. Be aware that you may need treats especially for children under three which are large enough that they are not a choking hazard. You can even promote physical activity with items like bouncy balls, jump ropes, bean bags for hacky sack and plastic or foam fliers. Here is a longer list of items. Sometimes you can find them with Halloween theme wrappings, but if you want to save the leftovers for other uses like birthday treat bags, buying the regular packages might be a better idea.

  • Glow sticks
  • Costume jewelry
  • Funny Halloween glasses
  • Mini-magnifying glasses
  • Tiny decks of cards
  • Pencils
  • Pencil toppers
  • Pencil erasers
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Rub-on or stick on temporary tattoos
  • Coins (pennies, dimes, nickels)
  • Bottles of bubbles
  • Bookmarks
  • Whistles
  • Crayons
  • Coloring tablets
  • Small books
  • Trading cards
  • Fancy pens
  • Plastic bugs or animals

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Photo of Brandy Hansen, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionBrandy HansenCounty Extension Administrative Assistant (828) 255-5522 (Office) brandy_hansen@ncsu.eduBuncombe County, North Carolina
Updated on Mar 2, 2017
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