Halloween is a fun time of year for everyone but what if you’re living a green lifestyle? You may not want to hand out Halloween candy that is not eco friendly. There are several alternatives for Halloween handouts that have nothing to do with candy. You can still be a hit on the block by not giving kids more candy that they don’t need.
Prepackaged candy can be harmful to our environment. The wrappers easily get left on the ground as kids go trick or treating plus it gives children massive amounts of unneeded sugar (small amounts I don’t mind but just picture how much candy your child has brought home in years past).
This article will detail the top ten candy alternatives for Halloween when kids go out to trick or treat.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #1: Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkins are a big part of Halloween. Write a little note on when kids should plant their seeds so that they’ll have a patch of their own pumpkins for the next Halloween. Best yet, seed packets are generally pretty affordable so you won’t break your pocketbook.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #2: Your Child’s Small Outgrown Toys
Recycling toys is a great way to give your trick or treaters some extra Halloween cheer. Make sure that the toys are in decent condition and small enough to fit into a trick or treat bucket. You can either let the kids pick one toy or do one at random. Let your own child help decide what toys they no longer need.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #3: GREEN PUMPKIN™ Color-Changing Mood Pencils with Happy Hallogreen® message
Not only are these pencils recycled, they are also Halloween themed and really neat. The pencils come in a packet of 25 and when you use them, the pencils change color from the heat of your hand. They come in a mixed package of pink and green. You can purchase them at Recycling is Cool.com for $8.50.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #4: Change
When I was a kid, I remember a house that would give out change every year to their trick or treaters. It was usually just a time but it was so exciting to get a bit of my own money. Change is a fabulous choice to give in lieu of candy because it will be reused and in our touch economic times, you’re putting money back into the economy, even if it is just one penny, nickel or dime at a time.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #5: Soybean Crayons
Soybean crayons are the green alternative to regular crayons. Children love to color so why not give them some crayons that didn’t harm the environment when they were being made? Direct Advantage.com sells a small pack of crayons for .41 cents.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #6: GREEN PUMPKIN™ SPOOKY NIGHT Activity Pads
The Green Pumpkin line has another fabulous alternative to Halloween candy. They offer you the change to give out coloring activity books. These aren’t normal activity books though; they are also made out of recycled paper. Each pad has 16 pages. They are sold in sets of 10 and cost $4.50. You can purchase them through Recycling is Cool.com.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #7: Pirate Rubber Duckys
Give kids something that they can use over and over again…at bath time! Oriental Trading Company sells a set of 12 ducky’s for $5.99. You could buy a few sets of ducks and hand them out on Halloween night. Each duck is dressed like a pirate.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #8: Fun Bands
Oddly enough (at least to me anyway) Fun Bands are amazingly popular with kids. Fun bands are rubber bands that are colored and come in different shapes. When the kids stretch them out, they go back to their shape. They are available in star shapes, luau shapes, etc. You can find a list of different Fun Bands available here.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #9: Bubbles
Bubbles are a lot of fun for all ages and a great item to give out to kids on Halloween night. Oriental Trading Company sells a 48 pack of orange miniature bubbles that have a jack o lantern face printed right on the front. They are sold for $9.99.
10 Green Alternatives to Halloween Candy #10: Kaleidoscopes
Another fun item that beats candy is a Halloween Kaleidoscope. Kids can have lots of fun looking through the end of a festive Kaleidoscope. You can buy a set of four dozen here for $5.99.