What you hand out is going to depend on where you're going to be, what your budget is and how many kids you normally get. My parents, for example, live out in the country and will get about 5-10 kids if they're lucky. One trunk or treat I went to saw hundreds of kids. Makes a difference...so here are a variety of non-candy ideas. Hopefully you will find something that intrigues you!!
Possibly one of the best ideas out there for a treat is this:
|This is so incredibly awesome. Not only is it a super deal, they are yummy AND your money goes for a good cause!! My kids flip for these and since we have one close by, we sometimes run by after school for a special treat :) Yes, they are small - but it's all they really need anyway! Even better, they don't expire until February so buy up a bunch and use them as stocking stuffers too!!! Evidently, some McDonalds have gotten in on it as well...|
If you're still looking after that great idea, here are 48 more :)
--Cute band aids (littles LOOOVE these!)
--Flowers (weird, but all the little 3-4 year old little girls I know looove getting real flowers - they think they're princesses :)
--Mini bags of popcorn unpopped
--Necklaces, bracelets, rings
--Individually wrapped flosses/ toothbrushes (ask your dentist to donate if you're going to a church trunk or treat!! My kids love the little flosses that are in different shapes:) )
--Mini nail polishes
--Balloons or punchballs :) balloons may be dangerous for little ones but punch balls are super fun!! Amazon has a great deal $13 for 50 and oriental trading actually has Halloween ones for 12 for $6
--Little notepads or sticky pads
--Character cups - Walmart and party city usually have them for .75-.85 cents. If you're not buying for a whole bunch of kids this would be fun :)
--Individual crafts - you could bag up some thread/yarn and some beads and they could take home a ready made craft (3-4 year olds love stringing beads on a pipe cleaner to make bracelets:) - if you are at a trunk or treat, you could even put out a bowl of beads and some type of bracelet material and let the older kids pick out their own beads!
--one year after Christmas I found mini bottles of bubble bath on sale for 10 cents each-how cute would those be to give out?!
Dollar Store gold...
I'm sure you could find almost all of these (in packs of 5-6) at your friendly neighborhood Dollar Store :)
little dinosaurs or other figures
glow sticks!! (of all shapes and sizes!!)
Oriental trading ideas:
|We gave these out last year and the kids LOVED them. They aren't the best quality, but of the 50 I bought only 1-2 didn't work well. Not bad odds for the price! I haven't tried the finger beams.|
|I thought these were pretty cool as well - whistle fangs :)|
|They also have Rubber Duckies galore! Anything you can imagine...they have it :) Kind of expensive, but if you don't get many trick or treaters this would be awesome :)|
|Ok, this may be considered candy...but I put it in a different category :) Plus, most marshmallows are a gluten free treat ;) These are very cheap - $7.25 for 72. And I love the ghost poop idea :)|
|Lots of sticky toys - lizards, frogs, hands, crosses, glow in the dark eyeballs (sweet!). They're pretty cheap as well - $8 for 72 except for the eyeballs which are $6 for 48.|
Mini blow up beach balls-cute and 100 for $40 or 50 for $20. They even have Halloween ones - 12 for $6
And, last but not least, here are a few "snacky" items that aren't candy but might make a good substitute...
--gummies (I've seen some at whole food type stores with no coloring...pure fruit!)
--granola bars/fruit bars
--goldfish - suitable for almost all food allergies (except gluten) and for young kids (and they're orange :) just got me a bag of 24 individual bags (halloween themed) at walmart to give out to the littles.
--fruit squeeze packets
--mini cereal boxes
|I WILL be doing this either at church or one of my kids' classes - or maybe my prek class! It's too darn cute - AND healthy!|
|I love this idea. Popcorn is an awesome idea - and this is a twist to the glove full of popcorn I've seen before (which I love).|
|Fruit, in general, is a great idea. It may not be welcomed in some neighborhoods - but where we live and will be handing out candy, food is appreciated. I love clementines for kids because they can peel them and they usually don't have seeds. And I LOVE this idea :)|
|To wash down all the goodies, I think this is perfect for a trunk or treat! And, evidently others do to, because when I searched for Halloween juice boxes on pinterest there were TONS of pics! i like this simple one, as well as this ornate one from "jack on the box" and this mummy juice box which can be covered in duct tape, toilet paper or gauze :)|
I made these at one of my trunk or treats :) they were gone in a hurry! kids get thirsty when they're trunk or treating :)
|All I did was tape a piece of orange paper to the sticky side (where the wrapper left residue) and then cut out eyes/noses/mouths from black shelf liner that I always have on hand ;) I love these little bottles! perfect for kids!|
|seriously, how cute is this? I've also seen this simply labeled - "Pumpkin Poop" :) print a few labels, buy a big bag, put them in ziplocs, slap the label on and boom...good to go! Great for a class party. Don't know about handing them out-unless you know the kids. Parents frown on candy/food that has been opened.|
Last but not least, here is one idea that we'll be doing at our church for trunk or treat...but it probably will only work in places like south Florida where we'll still be sweating in our costumes and definitely won't be wearing coats over them ;)
Fun to eat right then, good for any age and fine for almost all allergies (except colorings)
If you missed my earlier post on 28 ideas for trick or trunks - go here :)
Happy trick or treating!! And be safe!!