Friday Favorites Halloween Candy Substitutes

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Halloween is my favorite holiday (with Thanksgiving running a close second), and trick-or-treating is hands down the best part of the day. Costumes, candy, walking around the neighborhood…I have always loved it and always will.

When my oldest was a young child, I noticed that there were candy substitutes available for passing out. At first, I wanted to object. No candy? How dare you?

emily blunt how dare you gif from the late show

But I soon realized this was a great way to diversify your offering to the kids prowling the neighborhood. Just because it is not candy does not mean it is not fun! Plus, there are many kids who have allergies or food sensitivities, and I still like to have something they can put into their haul. So take a look at some of my favorite candy substitutes for trick-or-treating!


Who doesn’t love Playdoh? Plenty of moms, but kids love it!

These little tubs are perfect for handing out. I remember the first year that I had these in our big bowl for kids; word spread fast, and costumed kids came up to our house requesting them! I save them now for kids with a teal pumpkin or who are really little. These are perfect for stocking stuffers and birthday goodie bags, too!

Glow sticks, jewelry, etc.

I firmly believe that everyone loves a glowstick. It is fun to crack the sticks and see the neon color. They have plenty of uses, from Halloween night to camping to concerts (remember concerts?). My son calls them lightsabers and uses them to fight the dark side. 😂

Grab a big pack and hand out to trick-or-treaters to glow through the streets!

Temporary tattoos

These are always a hit for birthday parties and gifts – why not for Halloween?

There are tons of temporary tattoo packs out there. You can find them in pretty much any design or brand you like! I like this Disney multipack to find something for everyone.

Pirate’s Booty cheese puffs

These are so good. A bag never lasts long in our house! These cheese puffs are kosher and gluten-free, making them a nice alternative for those who are intolerant. They are a little pricey for Halloween, so I try to hide these and give them to those that specifically tell me about their allergy. And if there are any leftovers? Poof! They disappear!


Another classic that practically no one can resist. Bubbles are messy but fun for everyone. Go to a party store or click on the link to get a large pack. You can save the extras for birthday parties, outdoor fun, a Tuesday…whatever works for you!

What other candy substitutes would you recommend? And no matter if or how you are celebrating, we wish you a Happy Halloween!

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Rachel has been an Air Force spouse for 17 years. Her husband's career had taken them to many assignments around the world, and she currently lives in Hawaii. She is a mother of four children; their ages range from fifteen to four years old, so her life is often exciting and challenging. She holds a BA in English and a MA in Management. When not busy with work or her family, she enjoys volunteering within the military community and has even been a Key Spouse at two stations. Rachel has always enjoyed writing and literature, and she is happy to find this community to combine these interests. She has been featured on We Are The Mighty, Her View From Home, AMSE, The Beautifull Project, Hand-in-Hand QC, and other publications - but The Military Mom Collective is her home. :)