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20 Easy Halloween Treat Ideas For Trick Or Treaters

{Includes Both Food & Non-Food Ideas}

Here are 20 easy Halloween treat ideas for trick or treaters, including both food and non-food options, so that you can please the kids coming to your door without a lot of work on your part.

Here are 20 easy Halloween treat ideas for trick or treaters, including both food and non-food options, so that you can please the kids coming to your door without a lot of work on your part {on Household Management 101}
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As it gets closer to Halloween night are you beginning to think about what you'll pass out to the trick or treaters who come to your door?

There are lots of things to consider when deciding what Halloween treats you'll provide, including how simple it is to do, cost, and whether the recipients will like what you give.

Fortunately, these 20 ideas that you can choose from score high marks for all three criteria -- easy, relatively low-cost, and sure to please your trick or treaters.

Candy & Other Food Ideas

Here are easy Halloween food treat ideas for trick or treaters, so that you can please the kids coming to your door without a lot of work on your part {on Household Management 101}
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The first thing many people think of when they think about Halloween treats is some type of food, and it's definitely a go to for many people and is easy, and usually well-received by recipients.

A preliminary decision you'll want to make is how sugary you'd like your treats to be, because there are candies you could give out, as well as non-sugary food treats that you could provide as a non-candy alternative or option, if you don't want to give out so much sugar.

It's important to remember, no matter what type of food treat that you decide to pass out, that it needs to be easy to quickly pass it out, and that it's safe for the recipients.

First, generally, it's important to pass out treats that are individually packaged, and kept in their original packaging.

Unless you're giving treats to your own children or to a few kids you know, other trick or treaters' parents will most likely throw away, for safety reasons, and in an abundance of caution, any homemade treats, so don't waste your time and money making them.

Instead, I've got some ideas below for making your store-bought treats a bit more festive (if you so choose), yet still safe to pass out at your door step.

Second, because of food allergies and preferences it's nice to have a couple of options for food treats available (and perhaps a non-food option, as well), so no one has to leave empty handed because a certain treat wouldn't be safe for them to eat.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is one example of a movement to bring awareness to food allergies, and make trick or treating safer and more inclusive for all trick or treaters.

If you're committed to providing treats for all trick or treaters, you can signal this to those kids and their caregivers passing by your home with a teal pumpkin, which communicates you have safe non-food treats for them. If you'd like to do this, make sure to choose an idea from both the food section of these ideas, as well as the non-food section below.

Ideas for food Halloween treats include:

1. Suckers And Lollipops

Make sure any of these suckers or lollipops you pass out are individually wrapped. To make them a bit more festive, if you want, keep the wrapper on, but cover the wrapper with some white tissue paper, and tie at the base with a piece of string, to make sucker "ghosts."

Another alternative is to choose a fall themed sucker. My kids are huge fans of the caramel covered candy apple suckers, and look forward to them as a treat every year.

Additional ideas include tootsie pops (find out how many licks you get from one here, in a cute experiment my daughter did years ago), blow pops, or the also always popular ring pops, which mount the sucker on a little toy ring kids can wear, instead of on a stick.

2. Chocolate Candy, With And Without Peanuts

Chocolate candy is a favorite for many trick or treaters, and is often ranked as one of the best type of treats to receive when trick or treating. Many chocolate candies also have the addition of peanuts, so I caution that because of the prevalence of peanut allergies amongst kids, and adults, it is nice, if you choose to have any type of candy with peanuts that you also provide a nut-free option.

If you want to give out full sized bars, go for it, but kids are often quite happy with "fun sized" bars as well, and it's easier to get a variety of candy to pass out that way.

3. Fruit-Flavored Candy

While I just said that lots of trick or treaters think chocolate candy is the best, I know that's not true for everyone. In fact, two of my kids love chocolate candy while another won't touch the stuff. So if you want, it's nice to provide a variety for those who don't like chocolate. (At a certain point though, trying to please everyone will be impossible, and won't make this process easy, so you be the judge when you're providing enough choices!)

There's an almost endless variety of these types of fruit-flavored candies to choose from, and some of the favorite of my kids include Starburst, Twizzlers, Skittles, and a sleeper hit for one child is Laffy Taffy, especially the banana flavor. In addition, flavored toosie rolls are also a treat.

4. Candy Corn & Candy Pumpkins

You either love this candy, or you hate it, but you can't deny candy corn and candy pumpkins screams Halloween. Be careful, when purchasing candy corn, and it's close cousin, candy pumpkins, to choose a type that come individually packaged, to be passed out to the trick or treaters. (It's not always easy to find the individual sized packaging.)

5. Halloween Themed Candies

Halloween themed candies include candies with cute pictures of witches, goblins and vampires on the wrappers. There are also individually wrapped marshmallow ghosts and similar items that will also be holiday themed. In fact, there's almost always some really creative and fun candy ideas if you enjoy the hunt for these specialities.

Remember to make sure whatever you get is individually wrapped, and easy to pass out to the trick or treaters, just like with anything else!

6. Mini Pretzels Or Cheeseballs

As you may have noticed, the ideas above were all about various types of candy, but there's non-sugary Halloween food treat ideas as well, and the first of these is giving out individual sized bags of mini-pretzels or cheeseballs, or similar salty or savory snacks.

There's quite a few that have Halloween themed packaging, or Halloween shapes for the pretzels or other snacks. You can also make it super-easy and hand out individual sized bags of chips, like that you would pack with lunch. My kids are always delighted to get something like Doritos in their bag, because all that sugar so many people pass out can get a bit overwhelming.

7. Mini-Bags Of Microwavable Popcorn

Small bags of microwavable popcorn (unpopped, of course), are often also welcomed, for similar reasons as the pretzels and other savory snack bags mentioned above.

8. Granola Or Fruit Bars

Granola and fruit bars are another option, that can serve as either a savory or sweet treat (or both, simultaneously).

These bars normally come individually wrapped, in the box, and can be passed out easily. You can make these have more of a Halloween theme by tying a spider ring, or something similar (see below in the non-food options) to each bar with a piece of orange or black string.

9. Unpeeled Small Oranges

If you want to pass out something easy, healthy, and Halloween themes you can can make unpeeled small oranges, like Cuties or Halos, look like little Jack-O-Lanterns by drawing faces on the peel with a sharpie (as shown in the picture above). So cute!

10. Fruit Cups

You can also pass out individually packaged fruit cups. To add to the Halloween theme I suggest mandarin oranges or peaches, for their orange color, and then draw on the top of the plastic peel off top with a Sharpie, making a Jack-O-Lantern face. Adorable!

Non-Food Treat Ideas

Here are easy Halloween non-food treat ideas for trick or treaters, so that you can please the kids coming to your door without a lot of work on your part {on Household Management 101}
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There are lots of reasons you might like to provide non-food Halloween treats to the trick or treaters who come to your house.

One of the most common reasons, as mentioned above, is concerns about food allergies, especially if you're participating in the Teal Pumpkin project.

In addition, lots of people give out food treats, and so perhaps you want to do something a bit different and unique.

No matter your reason, here are some Halloween candy alternatives for you to choose from.


11. Halloween Themed Rings

Halloween themed rings, like those spider rings shown in the photo above, are fun for everyone.

12. Glow Sticks

Glow sticks, especially those that can be worn as necklaces or bracelets, can be worn right away with kids' costumes, and are noticeable as it gets darker as they trick or treat. Our local fire department used to pass these out each year, and my kids always clamored to get their glow stick.

13. Bubbles, In Mini-Containers

Bubble solution, in small little individual containers, is easy to pass out and lots of joy happens when you're blowing bubbles.

14. Temporary Halloween Themed Tattoos

Temporary Halloween themed tattoos are always a hit, and can be added to almost any costume as soon as the kids get home.

Remember, temporary tattoos typically come in sheets, so make sure to cut them into smaller sizes to pass out individually before the trick or treaters arrive, or you'll quickly run out of sheets.

15. Halloween Themed Pencils And/Or Erasers

Kids always need more pencils for school, or more erasers for those pencils, so this is both festive and practical.

16. Mini Tubs Of Play-Doh

Play-Doh is something most everyone enjoys to play with, and they even make these in Halloween themes these days. This has become such a popular treat idea that they even make the smaller tubs around this time of year, to more easily pass it out.

17. Crayons And/Or Halloween Coloring Pages

You can also pass out small boxes of crayons, along with, or separate from, Halloween coloring pages or mini-coloring books. Whenever my kids would get coloring pages in their treat bags, they'd start coloring as soon as they got home, usually while munching some of their food treats.

18. Halloween Themed Small Toys, Such As Balls & More

Halloween themed small toys, that can be purchased in bulk and easily passed out make a great non-food treat. These can include small bouncing balls, as well as wind up toys, squishy toys, and pop fidget toys.

19. Halloween Stickers

Stickers are always a fun item to receive! Remember, if the sheets are very large, just like with the tattoos mentioned earlier, you may want to cut the sheets up to pass out before the trick or treaters arrive.

20. Plastic Vampire Fangs

Finally, last but certainly not least, are plastic vampire fangs. You can get multi-colored, glow in the dark, or the classic white teeth. My kids always love getting these, and have great fun playing with them each year.

 

Are there more Halloween treats you like to provide to trick or treaters that I haven't listed? If so, I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions below, in the comments.

In addition, get more ideas for Halloween as part of the holidays and celebrations section of the site here.


Here are 20 easy Halloween treat ideas for trick or treaters, including both food and non-food options, so that you can please the kids coming to your door without a lot of work on your part {on Household Management 101}
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