We love Halloween at our house. 

Our entire street gets into it and we all get excited to see what each other is going to dress up as. It is so much fun!

But it should not necessarily be about the lollies and sugar. It should be about the fun of dressing up and making memories.

Every year we pop on our costumes and head out for some early trick or treating with the kids and then once we get home we get lots of door knockers, so we always make sure we have treats ready to go. But I have seen some kids have to head off empty handed due to allergies and parents freaking out about sugar overload so I like to have some healthier options too.

Here are my favourite alternatives…

You can pre- pop some popcorn at home and then divide into paper bags or you can buy pre- packaged, kid sized popcorn at the supermarket.

Kids adore bubbles. You can buy packs of 24 mini bubbles at most discount stores or target and Kmart. They often blow the bubbles as they go too, adding some extra fun to their trick or treat journey!

Balloons with Halloween faces
This is a fun activity to do with the kids before Halloween. Simply cut some fun Halloween faces out of black contact/ vinyl and stick to blown up balloons. Then you can put them on a balloon stick or tie some ribbon to the end and hand them out. Kids LOVE balloons.

Glow Stick or Glow Bracelet
Kmart and most dollar shops sell glow sticks or bracelets in packs of 20 for about $2. They are SUPER popular!!!

Fruit Juice Poppers
Have a stack of healthy fruit juice poppers in ice at the front door! The will keep the kids hydrated as they go as well as being less sugar than a handful of candy!

Muesli Bars
This is a healthier option but I have to say I have seen some disappointed faces with the older kids when I hand this one out! Hahahaha!

You can either hand out the sticker to the child and they wear it on their hand or costume or have copious amounts of sticker sheets they can take home. Some discount stores sell cute little sticker books with Halloween themes!

Buy packs of the giant chalk and then divide up. Chalk makes for a fun activity after their trick or treating comes to an end.

Like the chalk, buy the crayons in bulk and hand out. I like to get just the orange, black and red colours so they match the theme!

Pencils are so cheap and so useful! Buy a few bulk packs and you can either divide up into small bunches or just give one or 2 to each child.

Temporary Tattoos
I like to buy big sheets of temporary tattoos and then cut them up so they are individual. I then just give one or 2 each out to add to their haul.

There are so many options when it comes to small treat alternatives. Slinkies, glow in the dark ring, fake spiders, the list is endless. But sometimes it just takes a little nudge to remember it does not have to be all about the sweet, sweet candy!!

What will you choose??

Natalie Faulkner

Natalie Faulkner  

Natalie has been to more than her fair share of children’s birthday parties, thousands in fact! With over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, and a passion for entertaining young and old, Natalie is the director of fun for kids entertainment company Strawberry Fundaes Kids Parties. She also loves to throw a dinner party, set up a fabulous picnic or just chat about mum life/character life in general. Check out her party hacks and entertainment tips (to take the stress out of your next party) on her blog // www.lovedbynatty.com