Back to school sales are a great time to start thinking Halloween, Christmas and holiday gift-giving. Here are 70 Halloween candy alternatives you can pick up cheap as you do your August back-to-school shopping. Shop BTS sales for non-candy Trick or Treat giveaways. These are perfect for kids on special diets. Teal Pumpkin Project participants, use this list of treats for diabetic candy-free alternatives for kids with food allergies and ADHD.
All or these items can be found for $1 per dozen or less. Shop for back-to-school at Walmart, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Target, Dollar General, Aldi and Meijer. Check Oriental Trading catalog. Shop bulk and clearance bins and shelves at party supply stores for inexpensive birthday prizes. Look for tax-free days and free shipping on BTS purchases at Amazon and other online vendors.
Give school supplies as Halloween candy alternatives. Give pencils, rulers, drawing compasses, markers, mini-markers, mini stampers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, pencil sharpeners, tape, mini staplers, notebooks, books and folders. Give craft supplies instead of Halloween candy. Kids love cheap craft sets, activity booklets, mini paint sets, decorated pens, scented pens, gel pens, play dough, goop, putty and colored pencils.
Give birthday party prizes for Trick or Treat. Children's favorites are: adjustable rings, navigational compass, key chains, fake fangs (very popular), slide flutes, Chinese handcuffs, tops, mini kazoos, party poppers, noisemakers, yo-yos, glow bracelets, slide puzzles, mini games, finger puppets, fake fingers, finger gliders, mini puzzles, ring toss games, squishy eyeballs, glow-in-the-dark insects, plastic toy animals, toy soldiers, toy cars, ball and jacks sets, snap bracelets, prisms, bracelets, necklaces, puzzles, squirt guns, squirt rings, whistles, kaleidoscopes, sticky hands, harmonicas, paratrooper toys (with plastic parachutes attached) and growing creatures in capsules (these look like pill capsules and when put in water, expand).
Need super cheap Halloween giveaways for large crowds of kids? Give out balloons, stickers, Band-Aids (seriously crazy popular), temporary tattoos, spider rings, friendship rings, bouncy balls, bat rings, jumping spiders, Comparison shop and you'll find cheap prizes cost about the same as candy.