Better than raisins: Halloween candy alternatives that won’t get your pumpkins smashed

Here’s how to skip the candy this Halloween without incurring the wrath of your neighborhood’s sugar fiends

Halloween (Pixabay)

Whatever the reason you’re trying to avoid handing out candy this Halloween, whether you’re simply trying to mix things up, you’re promoting a healthy-eating agenda, you’re trying to cater to trick-or-treaters with food allergies or dietary restrictions, or some other reason altogether, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of Halloween candy alternatives kids will actually like. Hand out any of these items and trick-or-treaters will walk away from your doorstep satisfied. And, consequently, you’ll avoid inciting the wrath of would-be tricksters out for revenge. Your Jack-o-lanterns will survive the night, your home will remain yolk-less and your trees will stay free of toilet paper. This is what we call a win-win scenario.

  • Glow sticks
  • Vampire fangs
  • Popcorn balls
  • Bubbles
  • Granola bars
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Fruit roll-ups
  • Candy apples or caramel apples
  • Juice Boxes
  • Miniature flashlights
  • Fruit leather
  • Fake mustaches
  • Glow-in-the-dark stickers
  • Spider rings
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Hot chocolate packs
  • Apple cider packs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Miniature notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Animal Crackers
  • Toy cars
  • Bouncy balls
  • Play-Doh
  • Pumpkin bread

Searching for more stories like this? Visit our Halloween page or check out our Halloween and fall family fun guide.

About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.