Are you looking for a few ideas on what to hand out for Halloween? If my kids are coming to your house in Minnesota, I recommend Reese's Peanut Butter Cups because, well, I eat a few of theirs with the "Mom Tax" that I've implemented for all candy-heavy holidays.  But, if you've been looking for some "candy-free" options, below are LOTS of ideas to help you out this Halloween.

🎃  FYI - there is an amazing house in Rochester, Minnesota with over 130 inflatables you MUST visit this year.  We've got the address and a few of the photos below.


Check Out These 40+ Non-Candy Ideas for Trick-or-Treaters

I know kids want candy on Halloween but let's be honest, they get way too much.  Throwing something else in the buckets that isn't chocolate wouldn't be a horrible thing.  In fact, some kids might even appreciate something they can use rather than getting a handful of Tootsie Rolls.



If you are looking for a few non-candy items to pass out this year for Halloween, below are a few ideas that kids have mentioned they'd be ok getting in their bucket:

  • Post-it notes
  • Paint-By-Number
  • New set of markers
  • Watercolors
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons
  • Play-doh
  • Finger paint
  • Journal
  • Scented markers
  • Glitter markers
  • Washi tape
  • Moon sand
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rolls of duct tape (for duct tape creations!)
  • Friendship bracelet kit
  • Notecards, stamps & addresses to their bff's
  • Bubbles!
  • Little garden kits. Find these at dollar stores or even places like Target...they come with a little planter and seeds.
  • Chalk
  • Water balloons
  • New Socks
  • Lip gloss
  • Nail polish
  • Hand sanitizer that smells good
  • Colored hair gel
  • Toothbrush
  • Bandaids with their favorite characters on them!
  • Matchbox cars
  • Lego's (there are some small packages that would fit great in a basket!)
  • Bouncy ball
  • Slime
  • Whoopie cushion
  • Trading cards - pokemon, baseball or football cards
  • Magnifying glass
  • pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters  (it's probably cheaper than buying candy this year!)
  • New book
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Glow sticks
  • Recorder or a harmonica (they both make the same type of noise)
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Check Out The Rochester House With Over 100 Inflatables Up for Halloween!

One word...AWESOME! If you are looking for a Halloween display that goes all out, you've got to stop at the Boyer house at 51st Street NW in Rochester, Minnesota. They will have a massive display, including a tunnel, and invite everyone to come out and see their display. They usually collect donations to help those facing food insecurity in our community as well. So, bring a few dollars, or $10, and enjoy this amazing display created for you.

LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years

Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.

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