Non-Food Halloween Treats – 11 Last-Minute Ideas

Non-Food Halloween Treats: 11 Last-Minute Ideas


Every year, Halloween seems to sneak up on me.

It’s not a huge deal for us for costumes so far, because mainly my kids dress up from things they already own, but when it comes to goodies to pass out, sometimes I get caught in the lurch.

Saved by Amazon Prime – I can order goodies and they’ll be at my doorstep in 2 days, so as long as I remember to order by the 28th or so, I’m good to go.

My family also participates in the Teal Pumpkin Project – passing out allergen-free goodies to the kids who come trick-or-treating at our house. There are some allergen-free candies out there, but we prefer to pass out non-food Halloween treats instead.

No, not toothbrushes… we hand out really cool stuff, and my kids and the neighborhood kids really enjoy what we choose.

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Non-Food Halloween Treats – 11 Last-Minute Ideas


Coloring Books – My kids love coloring books, and they’re excited to share them with the neighbors too. This year we got these, which aren’t Halloween themed. That way, if we have leftovers we can use them for other times of the year too. But these Halloween ones are cute too.

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3 No-Carve Pumpkins for Halloween

3 No-Carve Pumpkin ideas for Halloween

This year for Halloween, I wasn’t quite ready to let the kids go at their pumpkins with knives, even those kid-safe tiny pumpkin carving ones. And besides, if you keep your pumpkins whole, they won’t begin to rot like they do when you cut them, so you can enjoy them for a longer time!

3 No-Carve Pumpkin ideas for Halloween

The kids absolutely loved decorating their little no-carve Halloween pumpkins.

Joseph glued googly eyes all over his. That ended up being my favorite one! It reminds me of those bumpy winter squashes… except… it’s watching us.

Anneliese’s is covered with pretend gems. She thinks it is VERY fancy.

I painted mine with two coats of chalkboard paint. My plan was to have the kids take turns drawing faces on it with chalk. But regular chalk scratched off the paint more than it drew on it. So sad! So I used chalkboard markers to make a face, but the round shape of the pumpkin made the chalk paint drip and it wasn’t as precise as I wanted it to be… I had something cuter in mind. Still, the kids think it’s adorable, and they want it “looking at them” during dinner time. 3 No-Carve Pumpkin ideas for Halloween

We might still do a big jack-o-lantern closer to the Big Day, but I’m so glad we did this little project too.

Benefits of doing the little no-carve Halloween pumpkins this way:

  1. As I mentioned before, NOT cutting our pumpkins will keep them from rotting so quickly, and we’ll be able to enjoy them for a long time.
  2. The pumpkins are very small, so we can display all 3 of them as a centerpiece even on our small dining table.
  3. The kids can carry their pumpkins around the house with them and play with them.
  4. The kids definitely feel pride in the work they did to decorate their no-carve pumpkins. They each worked on their pumpkin in several sessions of carefully selecting, placing, and gluing their decorations.
  5. No one was injured by a serrated pumpkin-carving blade. Seriously.

Another benefit to decorating with these is that we won’t have to store them all year waiting for next Halloween. When we move at Christmas, we won’t have to pack them and take them with us across the country.

I’m all for decorating and having fun, but I also like keeping the clutter out of our house.

If you feel the same way, you’ll also enjoy my ideas for having a clutter-free Halloween over at So Damn Domestic.

18 Ways to have a Clutter-Free Halloween

18 Ways to Have a Clutter-Free Halloween

18 Ways to Have a Clutter-Free Halloween (While still having All of the Fun)

18 Ways to Have a Clutter-Free Halloween (While still having All of the Fun)I’ve been hard-core decluttering the house. And I’ve been working hard to keep the clutter from coming back in.

I’m guessing you’re here because you’re on the same kind of journey.

And Halloween is working against us!

With all of the costumes, candles, spooky decor, junky little trinkets and toys, the clutter situation can get quickly out of hand.

How can we cut the clutter without cutting back on any of the fun?

I promise, it’s possible! Here’s how.
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