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13 fun toys to give out this Halloween instead of candy

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There has been a push for American parents to give out toys instead of candy this Halloween. Here are 13 cheap ones to give.

There has been a push for American parents to give out toys instead of candy this Halloween. Here are 13 cheap ones to give.


Not all Halloween treats will be candy this year in the United States.

In fact, Deseret News reporter Payton Davis wrote about a new campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages households to put teal pumpkins outside their doorstep to signify to trick-or-treaters that they’re offering nonfood items.

This is mostly being done to help children with food allergies avoid foods and snacks that could make them sick, Davis reported.

"You see, teal pumpkins mean that you know that not all kids can have all foods and that you can provide a fun nonfood treat to the little ghosts and goblins that visit your home on Oct. 31," Yahoo Parenting reported, according to Davis.

Finding the right nonfood items to give out could be a struggle, since most grocery stores are dressed with bags and bags of candy, which are easy choices for last-minute Halloween giveaways.

But of all things, toys may be the right product to give out.

Learning Express Toys, which sells party favors, small toys and decorating products, has come out in support of the Teal Project Campaign and encourages households to offer small toys to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

“We want Halloween to be a safe, fun holiday for all children, and believe toys are the perfect alternative to food treats,” Sharon DiMinico, founder and CEO of Learning Express, said in an press release sent to Deseret News National.

Here are 13 toys you can give out as nonfood items, which are easily accessible on the day before Halloween.

Halloween rubber ducks

Price: $10.45 (24 pack)

Who doesn’t want a rubber ducky? Especially one that’s made just for the Halloween season.


Halloween stickers

Price: $4 (12 pack)

These are simple gifts that trick-or-treaters can use to decorate their bags of candy and goodies.


Skeleton key chains

Price: $6.97 (12 pack)

Spook your trick-or-treaters with these fun yet frightening skeleton key chains.


Green army soldiers

Price: $8.62 (144 pack)

These little green men come in bags of more than 100, allowing families to hand them out to multiple trick-or-treaters.


Sticky hands

Price: $6.64 (72 pack)

These fun sticky toys can be a gift for children of all ages.


Plastic stamps

Price: $9.80 (50 pack)

Trick-or-treaters will have a new tool to add some color to their costumes.



Price: $9.87 (100 pack)

It’s important to make sure children stay visible during Halloween night, and these glowsticks will surely do the trick.


Finger lights

Price: $6.23 (40 pack)

These lights for your fingers will be a perfect accompanying gift with the glow sticks, giving children a chance to stay safe and have some fun on Halloween night.


Bumpy rings

Price: $11.95 (18 pack)

If finger sleeves and glowsticks weren’t enough, these rings will help children stay safe during the night, too.


Plastic stencil

Price: $2 (10 pack)

Take the edge off with these wacky plastic stencils. It’ll definitely offer trick-or-treaters something fun to draw.


Slap bracelets

Price: $11.99 (50 pack)

Go throwback and give out these snap bracelets, which were once all the rage and deserve another day in the spotlight. You never know whose costume it’ll complete.


Oriental trading shutter shading glasses

Price: $5.19

Commonly referred to as Kanye glasses, these could give trick-or-treaters a new layer to their costumes.


Alphabet rulers

Price: $4.09 (12 pack)

Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean one’s education should stop. These rulers are colorful and can help children with their homework.


For more on Halloween:

The 10 costumes kids want most for Halloween 2015

Is it safe to give out candy on Halloween?

From festival to phenomenon: The evolution of Halloween in pop culture

Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at hscribner@deseretdigital.com or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.