Ways to Ditch the Candy on Halloween

It all starts in early October. The pumpkin and Fall festivals, the trunk or treats, and numerous other Fall activities that leave us with handfuls of candy and sweets. We usually try to keep candy and sweets to a minimum, but this time of year it becomes extra difficult to see candy as just the “treat” it should be.

When I first started this post a couple days ago, I started it to inspire people to pass out non-candy treats on Halloween because well, do our kid’s really need a pillowcase full of candy?! No…

Then a friend posted on their Facebook about participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project.  The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by the Food Allergy Research & Education to promote the  inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies as well as children for whom candy is not an option. Halloween is supposed to be fun for everyone and anyone who wants to participate, dress up, and knocked on neighbor’s doors screaming “TRICK OR TREAT!”


Clementines – take a permanent marker to these cuties and make your own pumpkin faces. It’s a fun activity that your kids will love to help and show their friends!
Apple sauce 
Popcorn – Pirate’s Booty & Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop have plenty of bulk individually wrapped options for tasty Halloween treats.
Chex or Trail mix packs 
Annie’s snacks
Pumpkin or Sunflower seeds packs
Raisins packs 
100% juice boxes
Halloween novelty toys – Make a trip to the Dollar Store and stock up on pencils, slinkys, stickers, crayons, or whatever Halloween themed trinkets you can find.
I found this 50 piece Halloween pack on Amazon Prime for only $16.99
I know some of you are probably thinking Halloween without candy is totally ABSURD! So, trust me when I tell you that there will still be plenty of candy being passed out around everyone’s neighborhood. It’s just nice to pass out something parent’s would actually want their kids to eat at 8pm at night.
If you must have candy in your candy buckets this season, I found these bulk packs of YumEarth Organic Gummies at Target!
I hope everyone has a great, safe, and delicious Halloween!

One comment

  1. Run DMT says:

    Love this list of non-candy options and thank you for sharing the Teal Pumpkin Project! I’ve stocked up on my toys for the trick-or-treaters and sent in non-candy trinkets and fruit with my kids for their class parties.

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