Teal Pumpkin Project: 25 NON-Candy Treats to Give Out on Halloween

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Teal Pumpkin Project Ideas

Have you heard of The Teal Pumpkin Project?

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure ALL children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.

Teal Pumpkin ProjectWe’ve participated in the teal pumpkin project for the last few years, and here are some of the items we’ve handed out before…

halloween toys collage

  1. Stamps
  2. Play-Doh (*An awesome reader just pointed out that this contains wheat! OOPS! I’ll be sure to keep this in the candy bowl here, rather than the Teal Pumpkin bowl! Thanks, Jessica!)
  3. Glow Sticks
  4. Pencils
  5. Temporary Tattoos
  6. Small Toys
  7. Bouncy Balls
  8. Sticky Hands
  9. Noise Putty
  10. Party PoppersNon-Candy Halloween Treats
  11. Glow in the Dark Stickers
  12. Crazy Straws
  13. Halloween Bookmarks
  14. Rainbow Loom Bands – You can buy these Rainbow Loom Bands in bulk and then divide them into small bags like these. (Fun tip: Throw in a spooky spider!)
  15. Glow in the Dark Rubber Duckies
  16. Glow in the Dark Vampire Fangs
  17. Halloween Bracelets
  18. BubblesBubble Halloween Party Favors (Transform your party favor bubbles into a fun Halloween treat with these fun printables from Tater Tots and Jello.)
  19. Jumping Spiders
  20. Zombie BendablesHalloween Treat Ideas
  21. Zombie Wall Tumblers
  22. Wiggly Snakes
  23. Mini Halloween Paratroopers
  24. Halloween Masks
  25. Foam Halloween Stickers

Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.

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  1. J

    We do pencils! Target has some cute packs of 10 in the $ spot!

  2. countrysomethin

    Boo-bles? Lol. I could see that going another direction ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Laura

    Love this idea!

  4. burgys

    Candy is all kids want for halloween, it’s all I ever wanted too! I am going to throw in some extras this year though, last year I ran out of candy, this time I’m going to give tattoos, glow in the dark teeth, etc.

    • Laura

      I remember my oldest sons first time he went trick or treating – we went to my MILs house – she gave him a book. Yup he just wanted candy

    • Jean

      Well, candy is great but unfortunately Not an option for many kids nowadays due to allergies.. That’s what the Teal pumpkin project is about.. Keeping kids with allergies safe and helping everyone have a safe Halloween..

    • Naomi

      Last year many kids who didn’t have allergies chose pencils instead of candy. They said it’s because pencils last longer. I was pleasantly surprised!

      • Hilary

        We had the same experience as Naomi! Lots of kids excitedly took the fangs and tattoos, and the toddlers especially love the whistles — I’m not sure if the parents appreciated them getting less candy or were nervous about the whistles coming home ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. lop

    All of our kids are vegan after formula / breast milk. They go trick or treating early in the night and dump whatever they don’t want (they’re allowed to eat anything they want, we let them explore. Sometimes they’ll try something they haven’t tried before.) and they dump the rest into the candy bowl for kids who come by our house. They love this new noncandy trend.

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sounds like a fun idea!

  6. Emily

    My daughter has a tree nut allergy and this makes it a lot easier for her to get Halloween treats.

  7. alycia

    my daughter has peanut allergy but I have never worried we just make it appoint not to eat any candy tell we get home tell we get to look at it I hate to make a big issue less and less people are not opening their doors anymore to hand out anything I find it sad miss the old school tricker or treating

  8. Bethany

    This is an awesome idea. There are so many allergy and food intolerance issues that it must be hard for these kids to celebrate Halloween. I haven’t been a kid in quite awhile, but I can say that lots of candy has hidden gluten in it. It stinks!

  9. Jessyb

    This isn’t just for food allergies but also children who have special diets for medical conditions. My Nephew has epilepsy and is on a special diet to control his seizures. He can not have candy so this is a great way for him to feel more included.

  10. Chelwood

    Are all natural fruit chews ok? I was going to have those on hand but I wasn’t sure if they were ok

    • Naomi

      The idea is non food treats because someone can be allergic to almost anything (I know someone allergic to apples, yes APPLES) but offer whatever you want. The fruit chews will include many. And sound yummy too!

      • Chelwood

        Thanks Naomi! I’ll have fruit chews and non-candy items on hand. I wouldn’t want any kiddos to feel left out.

  11. Sue

    Since some are not giving candy they should make sure the toys,pencils, etc whatever they’re giving is not toxic.

  12. Roe

    I think that by putting the teal pumpkin out you are telling the kiddos that you have non food treat AVAILABLE, not meaning that’s all you have. I still give out candy but I have stickers & a bunch of goodies that I got in the oriental trading deal. I give out candy unless they let me know about the non food treat. Kids love candy so I have something for everyone. Even for babies, I get rubber duckies & give them that. & if you have left over, just save them for the next year. I have a bag full of non food treats I had leftover.

    • Liz Ob

      Great idea for saving for next year. I will get a ton of little halloween things when 90% clearance comes around to save now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Bologna

    I got the zombie wall tumblers & they are so neat! The climb down the wall with sticky hands & feet! They’ll be a big hit!

  14. Bologna

    We also got some spider glow bracelets & finger flashlights on oriental trading

  15. Jessica

    FYI Playdough contains wheat. Probably not the best choice to hand out for Teal Pumpkin Project.

    • Katie

      I was thinking the same thing. And I’m always digging it out of mouths at school. Not sure that’s the greatest choice for Halloween

    • JA

      Yes, the website says to avoid it and latex can be another allergen.

      • Melloddie

        Yep latex allegy in this household but we just have the kiddos TorT as everyone else and say thanks to all who gives for whatever they give. When we get home, I go through all the stuff before hand. Honestly they don’t mind much of what they get, it’s just the whole being dressed up and the experience that they love. Surprisingly one of our favorites is pumpkin bagel from our local bagel shop,they only make it on Halloween ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh man, great point! I’ll make a note of that! Thanks so much!

  16. Jessica

    We always give the Wendy’s frosty coupons. The booklets I believe we’re $1/pack with 5 coupons/pack, so I buy 4-5 booklets per child and attach one coupon to a pencil with a ribbon or throw the coupon in a mini goody bag with a few things the kids pick out at the Dollar Tree. (Halloween themed erasers, vampire teeth, stickers, spiders, etc. -Each Baggie ends up being roughly .35 cents.)

  17. Bonnie

    I’ve never done this before but I like the idea. For those of you who do the teal pumpkin, do you have 2 separate bowls and offer the non- food one to kiddos that ask or put them all together? I know some kiddos can’t have peanut near them. Thanks for the help!

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yep,we do two separate bowls! You’re welcome!

  18. Lynne

    My 4 yo is diabetic, so Halloween is tough for him. While he can eat candy, we do try to limit the sugar intake. I just let him pick out his 4 favorite candies and the rest gets put away. Many places last year handed out pencils, small notebooks, glow bracelets, spider rings, etc. I do like the idea of having an alternative to candy for those who can’t have candy……it’s a real bummer to be a kid and not be able to go trick or treating!

  19. Jamie

    Thank you for the ideas (and links)! I recently heard about this project, but wasn’t sure what to get.

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome!

  20. Elle

    Thank you so much for highlighting the teal pumpkin project!! My son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts , and it always warms my heart to see non-allergy parents do this for kids like my son. We did it last year and are planning on doing it again this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome!

  21. Rachel

    My son has a gluten allergy and a sensitivity to high fructose corn syrup, so that pretty much cuts all candy out of our diet. We’re getting through this year by telling him that he can make an offering to the boogie man of candy he can’t eat, who will then leave him a present. But non-candy items would be great too…

  22. JEBG

    Is there a place to buy a teal pumpkin to display? Or is it a DIY thing with spray paint?

    • Jamie

      Michaels is selling a teal “craft pumpkin” made out of foam. But I think a lot of people are using paint on real pumpkins.

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    • visitor3

      There are also free signs you can display. Google search for “printable teal pumpkin” and you’ll get a lot of options. I’m not crafty so this is for me.

  23. Heather C

    One year we gave out 100% juice boxes because kids get thirsty while they’re collecting all that candy!

    • visitor3

      Even mini water bottles are well received by sweaty trick-or-treaters. No sugar, no stickiness, no dietary issues.

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea! We have neighbors who do hot apple cider and hot chocolate, and we love it. It’s also a great idea to do water bottles, too, for anyone who can’t have those.

  24. Steph

    Great ideas!! Another thing to think about this Halloween that I have seen and agree with, is not telling the teenagers that they are “too old to be trick or treating” my boys are 13 and 15 years old and STILL enjoy trick or treating and the Halloween festivities! Don’t crush their spirits!! I would rather them be out there trick or treating than getting in to mischief;)

    • visitor3

      Agreed! It’s almost as bad as telling little kids “there’s no such thing as Santa Claus.” Let the kids be young as long as possible and enjoy a few more years of carefree child-centered fun holidays.

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I completely agree!

  25. Caitlin

    Thank you for sharing. My son has food allergies and this is something that is so appreciated by kids with not only food allergies but those with dietary restrictions (and dentists I am sure!) As a mom of a kid with food allergies, I cry happy tears at each house that offers a non-food option. It’s a small gesture that means so much. Thank you!

    • AE

      Agreed!!! ๐Ÿ‘

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome!

  26. Kim

    Thanks for helping spread awareness of the teal pumpkin project! My son has a dairy allergy and it means a lot to our family that there are people out there who are trying to make his Halloween experience a little more fun:) Thank you to all who include a non candy option in your Halloween offerings! It is very much noticed and appreciated.

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You are very welcome!

  27. Emily

    Thanks for highlighting this! I actually haven’t heard of this before, but this year my 3.5 yr old started on a gluten free/dairy free diet which eliminates most candy. I have been a little worried about what will happen this year, and I am so happy to see initiatives like this happening for the kids who need them!

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome!

  28. Jessica

    I love this idea and I’m happy it’s finally becoming more popular. My nephew has a nut allergy and most candy is made in a “nut” factory so he cannot eat it. This is wonderful so they do not feel left out. I give out glow necklaces from the $1 store.

  29. Pam

    When my boys were little I gave trick or treaters a choice – candy or a small toy such as from a happy meal. We had both and they could pick whatever they wanted. To my surprise most of them chose the toy, and the toys always ran out before the candy. I didn’t understand it, but it felt good to give them a choice.

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