10 Cool & Candy-Free Trick-or-Treat Options

Halloween Gak Capsules
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Reluctant to contribute to the neighborhood sugar rush this Halloween? Instead of giving candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door, try passing out one of these awesome no-candy treats that kids will be just as excited to get.
Courtesy of Spaceships and Laserbeams
Courtesy of Spaceships and Laserbeams

Bottles of "Booo-bbles"

Let trick-or-treaters fill the the night air with spooky "booo-bbles" with this fun idea from Stephanie of Spaceships and Laserbeams (spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com). Top favor-size bottles of bubbles with little ghost stickers and tie on one of the cute printable tags Stephanie shared for free in her guest post on Tatertots and Jello.

Courtesy of One Krieger Chick
Courtesy of One Krieger Chick

Playdough Treat Bags

Turn homemade or store-bought playdough into spooky Frankenstein, ghost, and jack-o'-lantern heads like Ariean of One Krieger Chick. Drop green, white, or orange-colored balls of the dough into cellophane bags, close with Halloween-themed washi tape, and use a black permanent marker to draw on the faces. So easy, even your kids can help make them!

Courtesy of Handmade Charlotte
Courtesy of Handmade Charlotte

Pencils With Not-so-Scary Monster Toppers

Handing out pencils becomes less functional and more fun when they are topped with these adorable monsters created by Mollie at Handmade Charlotte. Just pick up some boxes of No. 2's and print out the downloadable pencil toppers to cut and punch. You can even get creative with some googly eyes and glue.

Courtesy of Transient Expression
Courtesy of Transient Expression

DIY Halloween Tattoos

Even kids who are afraid of bugs will want to put on one of these creepy fake tattoos created by Rachel at Transient Expression. She resized them from images of spiders, moths, and skulls so all you have to do is print them out on tattoo paper and assemble. Hand out one or a handful to each of the kiddos who ring your doorbell and you're guaranteed no tricks.

Courtesy of Repeat Crafter Me
Courtesy of Repeat Crafter Me

Lego Pumpkin Treat Bags

No kid can ever have enough Legos, and chances are orange is underrepresented in any collection. Buy a bunch of the pumpkin-hued blocks to divvy up into round cello bags tied off with twine and a paper leaf like Rachel of Repeat Crafter Me, and you've got a "treat" that will click with kids.

Directions for making a spooky, Halloween pumpkin decoration from paper.

Courtesy of Savvy Saving Couple
Courtesy of Savvy Saving Couple

Ring-Adorned Healthy Snack Bars

If you want to hand out a healthy edible treat without worrying about your house getting egged, try attaching some inexpensive Halloween-themed favor rings like Amy from Savvy Saving Couple. Pick up the "jewelry" from the drug store or party supply chain and tie to granola or fruit bars with orange and black rafia.

Courtesy of Yummy Healthy Easy
Courtesy of Yummy Healthy Easy

Popcorn Hands with Spider Rings

Turn a box of disposable gloves into cool "severed hands" like Jen of Yummy Healthy Easy by filling them with popcorn and tying them off with twine or ribbon. Slide on a couple of plastic spider rings for color, and -- if you're open to including a tiny bit of sugar -- add a candy corn fingernail in each fingertip.

Courtesy of Live Simply
Courtesy of Live Simply

Homemade Pumpkin Crayons

Give the nubby crayon ends littering the bottom of your child's art supplies new life by turning them into these cute pumpkin-shaped crayons by Kristin of Live Simply. Simply bake paper-free crayon pieces in a silicone mold of 24 tiny pumpkins for 15 minutes. After they've cooled, package them in snack-size plastic bags and staple on the cute printable gift tag Kristin created.

Courtesy of Thirty Handmade Days
Courtesy of Thirty Handmade Days

You Light Up My Halloween Glow Bracelets

Kids will love having a glow-in-the-dark bracelet to put on as they roam the streets at dusk, so pick up a bunch of the wearables to pass out. Add a cute printable like Mique of Thirty Handmade Days to jazz it up and the kiddos will feel extra special.

Courtesy of Lil' Luna
Courtesy of Lil' Luna

Halloween Gak Capsules

For little kids, Halloween is usually more about gross-outs than spook-outs, so giving trick-or-treaters their own little handfuls of slimy gak is appropriately icky. Kristyn of Lil' Luna filled some vending capsules (available in bulk online) with her homemade gak (Elmer's glue, Borax, water, and food coloring) in green or orange and decorated each with a monster or jack o' lantern face. You can stick on vinyl face decals or stickers or draw them on with a permanent marker.

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