For the past few years, I have been using Halloween as a time for marketing myself as a dentist to the neighborhood. I have always brainstormed non candy ideas for Halloween so that I would stand out amongst the awesome neighbors handing out jello shots to the adults.
Last year, I took toothbrushes and attach my business card to it with a colorful piece of curly ribbon to hand out to the kids.
The response. Let’s just say last year I was afraid my house was going to get egged!
One kid actually got mad at me for putting the toothbrush in his bag!
This year I want to be the cool house in the street. I must say my neighbors go all out on Halloween.
One guy at the end of the street puts his grill out in the driveway and makes hamburgers and hotdogs every year. A few streets down one couple make jello shots for all of the adults. There is one couple that hands out full-size candy bars to the kids.
And when the kids come by and open up their bags for treats you will find more than just candy in there.
This year I want to help you, and myself, give out some cool non-candy treats for Halloween without breaking the bank.
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Non-candy Halloween ideas
Glow sticks are always a hit and will make the roads light up at night as the kids pass by your house. You can easily get a large bag of glow sticks for 5 cents apiece.
These toys are not only cheap, but fun to play with. Even some of the adults might have fun with these.
Light up rings
Just like the glow sticks, these light-up rings will light up the night and definitely make the evening more exciting for the little ones. You can definitely get more bang for your buck with the glow sticks. But you can give out the rings to the bigger kids if you want to change things up.
Bouncy balls are another favorite for kids in their party favor bags and prizes at the dental office. I love that they are so affordable and something kids of many ages enjoy.
The parents may hate you later, but the kids will love these noisy toys that you can get at 15 cents apiece.
These are a favorite for adults. I don’t know how many kids use these any more these days. I think I am just used to seeing fun erasers as a prize when I was a kid.
Kids and adults will like these stamps. Especially if it is an adult that likes to add a little fun to their bullet journal.
Glow in the dark toys
If you haven’t noticed I like light-up toys and glow in the dark toys. I am not alone because the kids love the noncandy idea for Halloween.
Surprisingly, little kids LOVE rubber ducks. Especially the little ones.
I really don’t understand what it is about these teeth that gets the kids so excited. But, the bigger kids like having fun with these interesting looking teeth.
Let me say that I absolutely hate these things. But kids love them! They are only on the list because of my experience with watch kids at the dental office pick this as their prize every time. They are also pretty cheap too. You can get them as low as 10 cents apiece.
Pencils are an old favorite that I see in party favors and giveaways. This is easy and on budget.
Stickers are another favorite that you can’t go wrong with. Especially for the little ones. And at 2 cents a piece this is a great choice to hand out instead of candy.
This treat can easily look like a box a candy to the untrained eye. Which makes this a perfect noncandy Halloween idea.
This is a very practical noncandy Halloween idea that everyone could use. It is a little more expensive. Especially if you have 50+ kids coming by your house.
Another favorite light up toy that will light up the neighborhood. With these lights getting as low as 12 cents a piece, this is a affordable noncandy Halloween idea that won’t break the bank.
Little boys love Legos! Trust me, I know all about it. You may have to make this a special treat for the little guys, but not little ones under 4 as the small parts can be choing hazords.
These are an old favorite that you can get as low as 20 cents a piece.
Bubbles are another favorite the little guys and girls. You can easily find a value pack that will make is option almost as cheap as buying a bag of fun size candy.
Playdough is a classic. You can get small containers to hand out or the full size if you are feeling generous.
Mardi Gras Beads
This is another inexpensive toy that kids will actually get excited about as much as they would a piece of candy.
Slime is another favorite that I don’t understand, but kids LOVE it. You can find small packages in bulk that are relatively cheap.
This non candy Halloween treat is more fun for the older kids. However there are some that the younger kids may enjoy too.
Temporary tattoos are very inexpensive and true crowd pleaser.
This non candy Halloween idea is from my son. My five-year old recently learned how to use a yoyo and thinks it is the coolest thing ever.
This is my go to non candy Halloween treat. Some of the kids may not think of it as a treat, but they will when they can brush their teeth and avoid having me do some fillings on their teeth because of cavities.
You can try purchasing coupons from a local restuarnt for a free drink or sandwich. Wendy’s used to have coupon books that had coupons for a free junior Frosty, but this year they will have Boo! books on sale on September 17th through October 31st.
Non candy Halloween treats that are food
I made a quick list of food items that can easily replace candy. You can get creative and market your business by placing stickers on these items if you really want to get creative for marketing.
There you have it. 43 non-candy Halloween treats that I am sure the kids in your neighborhood will enjoy.