Saturday, October 12, 2013

Halloween Candy Alternatives

Are you wondering what you can do this Halloween about at the candy your kids are going to get from trick or treating? Let me help you with some idea,s which allow your kids to feel like they partake in the holiday and don't get gypped. Here are some ideas and links to help with this Halloween.

For older kids:

  • You can simply buy back their candy. This works well with older kids.

  • Two years ago I found a dentist that bought my kids candy by the pound and then he shipped it to our troops overseas.

  • You could also get gift cards to their favorite places and trade out the candy for a gift card.

For little one's you can go with these ideas:

Set up a "shop" after they are done trick or treating you can have a table with items from the dollar store or appropriate candy and have prices near them. For example:

  • 25 pieces of candy for : a  plastic ball or whoopee cushion
  • 5 pieces of candy for: fruit snacks like Annie's or TastyBrand
  • 10 pieces of candy for: pack of stickers

You get the idea. The kids might think its really fun to go shopping after they trick or treat. I suggest giving them a heads up so they know what to expect when they get home.


  • Stickers
  • Plastic ball
  • Whoopee cushion
  • Play dough Halloween packs- sold at Target
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Glow Sticks
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Hair clips
  • Hair bands
  • Fun Socks
  • Match box cars
  • Earrings
  • Nail Polish
  • Squishes
  • Bubbles
  • Slime
  • Fruit Snacks : bunnies, Tasty (they have Halloween characters at Costco)
  • Lollipops without all the bad stuff

Some sites to buy stuff at are: they have gummies, lollipops and chocolate that is all 8 major allergens free - Liam can't eat these due to dairy, but if you can have dairy and not nuts, corn, soy or gluten this site is for you! - freeze dried fruit in a bag gummy fruit snacks

1 comment:

  1. So glad your wrote about this topic! I've been trying to figure out what to do for the holidays full of sweets,