Candy Free Trick-or-Treat Idea

Candy Free Trick-or-Treat Idea

Many children have food allergies so trick-or-treating can be…well, tricky.

So this year why not skip the candy altogether and make something super fun for the kiddos? This is also a great project if you have children in school who need to bring in goodies for their class.

Skip the candy this year and give away monster kits instead! DIY idea for trick-or-treaters that doesn't include food, great for The Teal Pumpkin Project! Candy-free trick-or-treat idea for Halloween, great for class or party favors. Fun Halloween project to do with your kids.

Last year we made these for my son’s preschool class and on the note at the top, I included a link to this website. Some may see this as shameless promotion but hey! There’s quality stuff here and why not use this as an opportunity to not just share a fun craft, but share more parenting and frugal living ideas.

So without further ado, I present to you…

The Candy-Free Trick-or-Treat Monster Kit

monster kit halloween trick or treat

What You’ll Need for the Monster Kit:

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Total cost per kit: $.59

In each baggie, put a can of Play-Doh, 2-4 puff balls, a few googly eyes, and a pipecleaner (you can either fold and put in a whole one, or cut one in half to fit).

Staple the bag shut and then put the label over the staples – this helps people understand what exactly this goodie bag is while also keeping fingers safe from potentially pointy staples.

I then used packing tape to seal the label so that they wouldn’t tear when put in a bag with other trick-or-treat Halloween goodies.

Candy free trick or treat idea

You can even enlist the help your little ones as you assemble these, though I can’t promise they won’t get distracted and start making monsters themselves.

halloween monster making kit

While this may cost a bit more than your usual giant bag of candy, it’s a lot more and the leftovers won’t cause you to put on 5lbs!

And don’t forget to grab your free resources from The Teal Pumpkin Project! The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way for families to let trick-or-treaters know that they have non-food treats available. This is such a kind way to ensure those with food allergies or other conditions are included in the Halloween fun!

What was your favorite thing to get when trick-or-treating?

Comment below and let me know!

 

Must-Have Halloween Decor for Under $10!

Must-Have Halloween Decor for Under $10!

Halloween decorating is our family’s all-time favorite part of the year!! We have an entire closet filled with totes of halloween decor in our house and I love it. What I don’t love, though, is spending money on something that only comes out for a few weeks each year. So today I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Halloween decorations – all for under $10!!

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Halloween Decorations on a Budget

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Let’s kick things off right – this tombstone set shown above has 56 (!!) pieces and yes, it’s under $10!

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Creepy Cemetery Signs

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Trick-or-Treat Sign

How cute is this sign?!

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Halloween Pillow Covers

I’m a big fan of pillows and blankets – like seriously, if anyone ever needs a present idea for me, pillows and/or blankets are the way to go!! So when I saw these pillow covers, I knew I had to have them.

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Green Goblin Door Cover

 Plastic Brain Jello Mold

 We used this at our last Halloween party and it went over so well!! It’s reusable and less than $4. We even made some jello worms to go with it – so fun!

Halloween 3D Sticker


Believe it or not, this spooky sticker is ONLY $2! Such a steal!!

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Zombie Door Cover


Buried Groom and Bride Props (Set of 2)

Fun Halloween Stamps

Perfect for trick-or-treaters, gift bags, or just to have on hand for your own kids!

Haunted House Window Cover

frugal halloween decoration ideas

String Lights

Our house is ALWAYS the most lit up house in the neighborhood regardless of the holiday or season. I love using purple and orange lights to celebrate the Halloween season!

Black Lace Spiderweb

Glow in the Dark Spooky Eye Stickers


If you’re feeling mischievous, put one of these on your bathroom mirror before bed and wait until someone wakes up in the middle of the night to go potty. hehehe

Ghost String Lights

Heh have I mentioned yet that we REALLY love lights?

Spooky Arm Yard Stakes

Pumpkin Porch Light Cover

 Keep your porch lit up but still spooky and fun!

Paper Lanterns (Set of 6)

Restroom Door Cover

 

Such a fun way to designate where the bathroom is while enjoying a bit of spooky Halloween humor!

Orange and Black Pumpkin

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Witches Hats (Set of 5)

You’re reading that right – you can snag FIVE witches hats for LESS than $3!!

 Hanging Halloween Decor

Zombie Figurines (Set of 18)

How amazing are these?! Use them for Halloween decor, a fun diorama (the teacher will love it, I’m sure!) or you can set up your own spooky village using the tombstone set I mentioned above.

Cute Zombie Basket

If you prefer to go the cutesy route with Halloween, this basket is a must-have!!

Zombie Head Bowl

 

 Heh and if you prefer not to go the cutesy route, this bowl makes for a great serving dish!

Realistic Skull

Last year we buried a pallet in dirt, stuck the hand stakes mentioned above in the pallet, then placed this skull at the top with a strobe light. Super cheap, but super creepy!

Mini Pumpkins (Set of 6)

 Ghost Vinyl Sticker

 I had to wrap this up with one more cute one – seriously who wouldn’t swoon over this?!

Comment below – I’d love to know YOUR favorite Halloween decoration!