18 Non-Food Halloween Treat Ideas {Great for Kids with Food Allergies} – 2015 Version

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see I just completed my daughters Halloween costume for this year – 6 weeks early.  After vacationing in Disneyland at the end of August she come home saying she wanted to be Boo from Monsters Inc.  While at Disneyland she was told on many, many occasions that she looked just like Boo, so I guess all the discussion around that sparked her interest to dress like Boo on Halloween.

On our last day at Disneyland we walked into the souvenir shop and I spotted a Boo doll that was wearing the monster costume that Mike & Sulley had disguised her in while she was loose in Monstropolis.  {Can you tell yet that we’ve watched this movie a million times!?}  As soon as my daughter saw it she said she wanted to be “that Boo” from Monsters.  Luckily I am fairly good at sewing and knew if we purchased the doll it would help me as I narrowed down exact fabric choices and as I designed her costume just like the Monster Boo.

This excitement of the costume has led my daughter to be very very excited about Halloween this year and if I’d let her she would be wearing the costume everyday from now until Halloween.

Last year was our first Halloween where she sort of “got it,” and with her food allergies I was more nervous about trick-or-treating than anything else.  {Back in PA} I helped to organize a non-food truck-or-treat event with my local food allergy support group and it went wonderfully and all the kids had a great and safe experience trunk or treating.  

If you haven’t heard of  truck-or-treating it is a safe way to experience Halloween.  People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot, open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy {or non-food treats in our event} from their trunks.  The event provides a safe family environment for trick or treaters.

Last year was also the establishment of the Teal Pumpkin Project™ which as I understand it it was started by a food allergy Mom and then FARE gave it more attention and coverage which brought the Teal Pumpkin Project™ to explode especially among food allergy parents.  

” FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!

Our treats will be food-free from our home.  I also will be visiting the neighbors on my block soon and handing out information about the Teal Pumpkin Project™ with hopes that they will participate as well.  

We cannot wait for my daughter to experience trick-or-treating without all the worry and hope that you will consider participating and offering non-food treats this year.  

Below are some ideas for non-food Halloween treats that are great for kids with and without food allergies – because we all know kids get a lot of candy on that evening.  

{The prices and links for where these can be purchased are below the jump below the photo.}


1. Mrs. Grossman Stickers {Made in USA} – They offer a variety of stickers which can be cut down into smaller sizes.  I love the Creepy Creatures stickers, and they have hundreds more to choose from.  Cost: Full Roll for $8.50.

2. Halloween Masks – Kids love masks and at $5.95 for 12 these Halloween masks are a fun way for them to ‘scare’ their friends.

3. Glow BraceletsThese glow bracelets not only remind me of Halloween but of the 80s, they are fun to give out and when the night gets dark they are super cool.  There is also a huge selection of necklaces and other bracelets on their site.  Cost: 25 count for $14.99.

4. Funny Glasses – where the perfect disguise with thes funny glasses-  always a kid favorite!  Cost: 10 count for $2.99.

5. Crayola Crayons {Made in USA} – because kids can never have enough crayons!  You can also divide up larger crayon packs into ziploc bags.  Cost: 24 count of 4-count boxes for $19.97.

6. Fall Suncatchers – A craft like suncatchers are tons of fun for kids to take home and enjoy after Halloween.  Cost: 24 count for $9.99.

7.  Neon Animal Print Pencils – These neon pencils are fun and make it fun for kids to do their homework and wild for writing!  Cost: 24 count for $4.25.

8. Dinosaur Stencils – Kids will have a dino-mite time using these cool stencils.  Cost: 12 for $5.70.

9. Glow in the Dark BallsThese glow-in-the-dark bouncing balls will be sure to lighten up the kids Halloween adventures.  Cost: 48 for $6.75.

10. Halloween Printed Maze Puzzles – I always loved puzzles like this as a child!  They would keep me occupied for a while and they are sure to bring endless fun on road trips and restaurants. Cost: 24 for $7.25.

11. Glow in the Dark Spider RingsThese fun creepy spider rings feature yellow glow sticks that slide into them!  So much cooler than the traditional plain ones we had in abundance growing up.  Cost: 4 count for $.99.

12. Halloween Notebooks – Kids can use put these tiny notebooks in their schoolbag to jot down quick notes, questions or homework.  Cost: 24 count for $7.95.

13. Rubber Stamps – Something about these stamps remind me of my childhood.  I used to spends hours upon hours playing with them, and kids today seem to enjoy them just as much.  Cost:  50 count for $8.99.

14. Pirate Eye Patches – Sail the mighty seas with this fun eyepatch.  Cost: 10 for $2.00.

15. Small Paint Books {Made in USA} –  Paint Books are a fun activity for all ages, you just dip a cotton swab or paintbrush in water and use the provided paint palette on the pages to transform the page into a colorful masterpiece.  Cost: 12 pack for $11.99.

16. Wind-Up Butterflies –  How adorable are these wind-up butterflies?!  I always loved the little wind-up toys as a child, and if I was a child I’d like this one too!  Cost: 5 for $3.00

17. Mini Bubbles – My daughter just can’t get enough of bubbles and these small party favor sized ones are great for the little ones.  Cost: 24 count for $3.22.

18. Sticky Web Toys – My brothers, sister, and I would have so much fun with these sticky toys growing up!  I remember them clinging to most any surface – with these you just put the loop around your finger and pull back — release to send the web flying.  Cost: 4 for $1.99

I hope these suggestions give you some ideas for non-food treats to give out this year!  I always like to check the clearance end caps too at stores like Target, and Michaels for party favors or small toys that they are no longer going to carry.

Remember, if you are going to have non-food treats available be sure to put out a teal pumpkin and a sign that you have non-food treats available at your home {I will be sharing some information on that soon in the meantime check out the resources here!}

Thank you for supporting the kids with food allergies!

Happy Halloween!

Love, Kate

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    • Ashley
    • October 31, 2016

    Hey Kate! Came across your post today….we had a rough night trick-or-treating for the first time with food allergies, and I was thinking that next year I should try organizing an allergy friendly trunk-or-treat. Any ideas on how to get started? Did you link up with FARE when you helped organize this? Do you have any recommendations? I’m in the Midwest and I don’t think there is anything like that available around here, and I’d love to raise awareness and have a safe event for FA kids to attend. So any tips you have on where to start would be great! Thanks!

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