Best: Toys, school supplies, stickers, glow sticks, etc.
Obviously, the least destructive treats are the ones that don’t go in the mouths (or shouldn’t): Play-Doh, pencils, small rubber balls, key chains, pocket games, plastic figures, bubbles, stickers, coloring books, crayons, glow sticks, chalk, fidget spinners, finger monsters, Legos, gliders, or erasers. Most can be found at your local party supply store. “We usually do candy, but one year we got party favors and it was such a hit with trick-or-treaters,” says Dr. Zuckerberg. “It’s nice to stand out, but never give toothbrushes or floss. You will get egged!”
After a few days, the novelty of the candy should wear off, says Dr. Zuckerberg. “Donate the leftovers to the needy or troops overseas through Operation Gratitude. Or try some of these other clever uses for leftover candy.