Alternative Halloween Treats for Kids

Those trick-or-treaters will soon be knocking at your door. Halloween is officially only 16 days away. Are you prepared? As the holiday approaches, most of us settle on the standard trick-or-treat fare: candy. While it's fine to give out candy – it is tradition, after all – consider doing something different. Kids will get bags full of candy, so will one more candy bar or lollipop really make a difference to them? Try handing out treats or gifts that will be useful to them at home or school.

Here are some alternative Halloween treats for kids.

1. These free printable Halloween bookmarks are the perfect gift for little ghosts and goblins who knock on your door on Halloween night. Hand them out alone, or purchase cheap children's books in bulk at your local Dollar Tree or warehouse club.

2. Use the template for these ghost nametags to make fun stickers they can give to their friends. Messages like, "You're spooktacular!" and "Boo! From me to you" are cute options.

3. Print and make your own Halloween jigsaw puzzles. It's easy to do. Just print out the witch template, glue the pieces on poster board or cardboard to make it thick, and cut the pieces out. Put all the pieces in a traditional Halloween treat bag, tie with a ribbon and Voila! You've got a unique Halloween present for your trick-or-treaters.

4. Improve the vocabularies of kids in your neighborhood by handing out this Halloween word search puzzle and a cool Halloween pencil. It will give them something productive to do while they munch on all those sugary treats!

5. Use these Halloween treat tags to make fun Halloween stickers the kids can use on their notebooks or for treats for their friends. We have many different nametags and treat tags to use for making stickers. Be sure to check them all out!

6. Give out homemade stationery sets using our monster stationery and a pen. Pens can be bought much cheaper than candy; the most affordable ones come in packs of 10 for about a dollar. You can decorate the pins for Halloween by wrapping them in orange paper or by simply attaching a tag to it that says "Happy Halloween!"

7. Hand out packs of crayons and a few of the many Halloween coloring sheets that we offer. Coloring is such a fun activity that any kid will appreciate a spooky coloring page to work on as they enjoy their candy.

There you have seven different alternatives to candy to give out this Halloween. The best thing is that most of these options are free. All you need is your home computer, your printer, and a bit of creativity to make these printables unique. Remember, all of the printables can be personalized using the customization tool before you print. You can also save your printables to your computer so they're ready to use again next year. Try it out! You may never want to hand out candy again.

alternative halloween treats for kids