We love putting together non-candy Halloween treat ideas for our readers who want to to offset the all the candy, have options that will delight trick-or-treaters with food allergies, or just have something fun for Halloween party goodie bags.
So I’ve updated our 2015 list of super fun non-candy Halloween treats to include both store-bought and DIY treat ideas that I hope will delight even the most discerning mini Wonder Woman, astronaut, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Halloween Slime to buy:
With its little plastic alien visitor hiding inside each colorful slime-filled vial in the Alien Slime test tube we found on Amazon, this is one tricky treat that kids will love to receive. Reviews mention that the tube itself is a little hard to open, but we think this is a good thing: No one wants slime on their candy, right?
If you’ve let your kids play with slime before, you know there’s about a 75% chance it’ll end up in someone’s mouth. So check out our 5 natural, safe slime tutorials, like this very Halloween-ish psyllium husk homemade slime recipe from Kids Playbox. Or take it up a notch with this amazing Star Wars glow-in-the-dark-slime for your little Yoda or Rey.
Fun Halloween crayons to buy:
I’m especially fond of Halloween treats that kids will use after the holiday is over, and these Halloween jack-o-lantern crayons from D’Craft Boutique on Etsy are just that.
Creepy Eye Patches for Halloween to buy:
Spooky Halloween Pencils to buy:
There are loads of Halloween pencils for sale this time of the year, though we have a fondness for the smelly kind made by Smencils. These recycled newspaper-made Halloween pencils come in yummy scents like Pumpkin Panic and Goblin Grape. And, wow, the smell lasts a really long time so kids can remember those happy days of trick or treating for many months to come.
It doesn’t get much easier than these adorable friendly monster pencil toppers. No hot glue gun or adult supervision required; just grab the free printable from Handmade Charlotte and pop on your nearest plain pencil!
Halloween bath toys to buy:
If you have a hard time persuading your kids to take a bath after an exciting night like Halloween, these might be for you. My son’s not old enough to eat candy for Halloween yet, but he adores bath time. So I was instantly drawn to these creepy eyeball rubber duckies found at Oriental Trading Co.
If you’re up for a fun craft project, I’m loving the look of these natural DIY monster bath bombs from Girl Loves Glam. Made with coconut oil and epsom salts, I wouldn’t mind throwing them in my bubble own bath, either.
Halloween LEGO treats to buy:
Repeat Crafter Me has a tutorial for adorable DIY orange pumpkin treat bags that are so simple, yet so perfect for Halloween. Great for those of us who have tons and tons of LEGO bricks and can easily sort out a bunch of orange bricks. Or check out the LEGO Pick-a-Brick site to special order the one color you need.
Monster Buttons to buy:
Illustrated by John W. Golden, whose cool posters we’ve featured before, his monstrous Halloween buttons on his Etsy shop are wee bits of art to hand out to the ghosts, goblins, and Minions who ring your doorbell. And, boy, wouldn’t it be cool to get one of these on Halloween!
With some craft-store supplies, you can create your own spooky, or not-so-spooky, homemade monster buttons that show off your own original artwork. Created by Alexis of Persia Lou for the craft site Darice, this would also be a fun craft to do at a Halloween party where kids can make their own googly eyed monsters to take home.
Halloween play dough to buy:
My older kids still love finding a little tub of trick-or-treat sized Play-Doh in their bags – it really is fun to play with at any age. If you want to dress up these store-bought tubs for Halloween too check out how Less-than-perfect Life of Bliss turns them into Play-Doh mini monster non-candy Halloween treats.
If you prefer to make your own dough, check out this basic, but totally delightful tutorial for DIY pumpkin spice play dough at While He Was Napping. Yes, it does smell like pumpkin spice, and yes, it’s safe — but don’t eat it because it will taste terrible.Grab some pumpkin cookie cutters or let kids come up with their own designs. Because as a PSL obsessed parent myself, I know that pumpkin spice comes in many forms.
Halloween coloring pages to buy:
If the children you’re treating (and subtly guiding away from Skittles) are the ones in your own house, check out this huge draw together Halloween set from Caravan Shoppe. It comes with this awesome mantel wall printable, plus colorable artwork for candy bar wrappers and plastic bag toppers. You can even buy these early and then use them as decorations once they’re filled in.
Mr. Printables is always a favorite here at CMP, and their charming, slightly spooky Halloween coloring pages are no exception. The coolest part? Download the 10 free sheets and then post them side by side to make this giant haunted house that can keep kids scribbling for hours.
We’ve also got a whole list of fun, free printable Halloween coloring pages from sugar skulls to pumpkin mandalas. Tie each one with an orange ribbon and add a crayon if you want!
Temporary Halloween Tattoos to buy:
Though you can find Halloween-themed temporary tattoos everywhere, we’ve long loved the illustrations from independent illustrations on Tattly tattoos, and their Halloween tattoos are perfect for a gaggle of hard-to-impress tweens who may come to your door. With everything a giant black beetle to a friendly ghost, the set has got you covered (heh).
Paper masks for Halloween to buy:
Oriental Trading has an affordable set of color-your-own Halloween masks that gives kids something to do when they get home other than beg their parents for just one more fun-sized candy bar. If you’re feeling extra-generous, just affix a little box of crayon to the back before you hand them out.
With just some paper and scissors, you can make a set of cool-looking printable paper Halloween masks from Mr. Printables. Either print them in color as shown above, or print out the black and white version and hand it out with a few crayons so kids can decorate them any way they’d like.