Some tooth-kind Halloween alternatives

Not every child likes or can enjoy Halloween candy, and with a growing movement for kids’ health, giving out sugary treats is becoming less and less popular. But what can you hand out instead? There are plenty of treats out there that can make Halloween just as fun for children but are easier on their teeth. The best gifts are those that will satisfy kids with their Halloweeny goodness while still being inexpensive for you. Whether you need ideas for party goody bags or for handing out at the door, you don’t have to resort to candy and other edible goods. There are many other good gifts out there

Temporary Tattoos

These are always a hit with kids of all ages. They can be added as part of a costume or just done for fun


Halloween stickers start showing up in September and are still available after the holiday has ended. You can buy these on sale and in bulk. Kids can choose from a selection, to find the ones that suit them. Whether they’re funny, scary, or glow-in-the-dark, stickers are perfect for Halloween


Every child, even the older ones, love a glow stick. You can purchase glow necklaces or bracelets to light up a dark Halloween night. Also, parents will be pleased to be able to spot their kid a mile away.


Although the parents might not thank you for making them blow bubbles, most kids enjoy them. Besides, bubbles can be a relaxing treat after a day of excitement and night of trick-or-treating, after they’ve put away their costumes and the sugar has worn off.

Spooky Goodies

Shops are overflowing with spider rings, vampire teeth, bouncing eyeballs, ghost erasers, and witchy pencils. Buy a selection and let each kid choose their treat at the door.

Though candy is the traditional treat of Halloween, kids already get plenty of that. Be the surprise at the door by offering a non-edible gift. Party supply shops and grocery stores all fill up with great Halloween party gifts long before October. Instead of buying the massive bags of candy, head for the party aisle instead. Parents will thank you for cutting down on the sugar you give their kids, and the kids will be excited at the change.




Dr. Gerald O'Connor B.D.S., N.U.I. (hons) (Principal Dentist & Owner)

Dr Gerald O’Connor qualified with honours from University College Cork in 1998, where he achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was awarded the Kerr Prize for Restorative Dentistry. Following his qualification, he spent 6 years gaining experience in a dental clinic in Essex before buying his own practice in 2004. Dr O’Connor quickly added a second location in 2006 and formed the Oak Dental Group.

After returning to Ireland in 2013, he set up Killiney Dental with his long-time partner Rosemarie. Gerald has a wealth of experience in dentistry with a vested interest in modern, evidence-based solutions. He enjoys implementing new dental treatments that are minimally invasive for patients without compromising their desire for an idealised smile. Dr O’Connor currently serves on the Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films, music, fiction writing and being anywhere in sight of the sea.