Cheap and green Halloween candy alternatives won’t scar the environment or your wallet. These are 10 eco-friendly Halloween treats that cost under a dollar and some are free.
What’s Wrong With Packaged Halloween Candy? Any single-serving packaged food creates more garbage than bulk food. Plastic wrapping is especially harmful because it’s petroleum-based. Plus, candy usually contains corn syrup that comes from subsidized industrial farms that hurt the land and spread disease by cultivating single crops. These are 10 better options for green Halloween treats.
Trick or Treat Bottle Labels: Spice up boring water bottles with Halloween labels like Newt Juice or Pure Poison. Little environmentalists can glue them on their steel water bottles. ($3.99 per dozen)
Spooky Erasers: Top ordinary pencils with these 1 inch erasers. The designs include bats, ghosts, witches, and monsters. ($4.99 for 144 erasers)
Ghastly Snack Picks: These 3 inch plastic picks will make any snack look frightful. Spear a grape or stick them in your cupcakes. ($4.49 for 72 picks)
Sticky Splat Eye Balls: Ah, the spitter splatter of little eyeballs. These 2 and a half inch eye balls will stare down the bravest trick or treater. They’ll look repulsive staring up from any goody bag. ($12.99 per dozen)
Jack-O-Lantern Yo-Yos: These 1 inch plastic yo-yos have smiling little pumpkin faces. ($2.99 per dozen)
Sugar Free Gum: Gum is a common but excellent cheap and green Halloween candy alternative. The chewing action and the ingredients in some brands can help reduce cavities and plaque. Buy a bulk package and the individual sticks are usually wrapped in just a little paper.
Smencils: Smencils smell and they’re made from 100% recycled newspaper and biodegradable plastic. ($45 for 50 with bulk discounts available)
Halloween Dental Floss: Get the same business cards with strips of dental floss that dentist offices give away. Order these green Halloween treats in orange with a creepy quote. ($9.95 for 10 with bulk discounts available)
Halloween Website Riddles: Cut up strips of paper and print the first line of a riddle on one side. Use the reverse side to direct your trick or treaters to a website to read the answer. It’s free and you can make the website as elaborate as you want.
Halloween Website Poetry: Use the same paper strips but give the first line to a Halloween poem like The Raven. Post the rest of the text online for a cheap and green Halloween candy alternative.