Making Halloween Easy and Candy Free

Jennifer Durbin

I will admit that Halloween has not always been my favorite holiday, but I’m warming up to it! I even picked out my Halloween costume in August this year as opposed to the week before Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite things to do is to dress up and pass out candy at the office, but decorating the house always seemed like a lot of work. Until now!

Over the past few years I have been on a mission to warm up to Halloween by finding simple ways to decorate and fun ways to get crafty. Without further ado, I bring you a few of my favorite easy ways to make Halloween unforgettably fun:

Fun and Easy Decorations  

I am always looking for ways to save money on holiday decorations, whether it be scouring post-holiday 50 percent off sales or repurposing my base decorations for multiple holidays. The ultimate decoration coup is an inexpensive decoration that can be used for an entire season, not just one holiday and adds your personal flare. Allow me to introduce you to the Mustache Pumpkin:

These adorable Mustache Pumpkins are nothing more than the mini pumpkins you find at the grocery store or farmers market decorated with mustache stickers! If you are feeling extra crafty you can add googlie eyes or draw on a face with a permanent marker.

Tip: Pick up small pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes to create a fun centerpiece or front porch display. Once Halloween has passed, simply peal off the mustache stickers and voila, you have the base for your Thanksgiving cornucopia!

Cut the Sugar

As a lover of candy, I would never propose a candy-free Halloween (which may in fact be illegal) but cutting out some of the sugar will lead to a calmer house, happy dentist and fewer guilt-driven trips to the gym. Cutting out sugar does not mean skipping sweet treats either, it simply means you need to get a little creative. Instead of reaching for a handful of candy corn you can make Candy Corn Fruit Cups! All you need is pineapple, oranges and whipped cream.

Candy Corn Fruit Cup


Pineapple pieces

Orange slices

Whipped cream

Mason jar


Layer your fruit in the mason jar to look like a piece of candy corn: pineapple then oranges, topped with whipped cream.

Tips: Save yourself prep time by using canned pineapple chunks and canned mandarin oranges. You can also make a fruit salad plate for your Halloween party by placing pineapple along the bottom, followed by oranges shaped like candy corn with peeled apples at the top.

Trick or Non-Candy Treat

When you read ‘Non-Candy Halloween Treat’ I bet you rolled your eyes, I know I did, Just hear me out for a minute, non-candy doesn’t mean no fun, I just means getting a little creative!

Whether you are making favors for the kids at school, co-workers or trick-or-treaters, these fun Non-Candy Halloween Treats are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and they won’t break the bank.



Small Play-Doh cup

Halloween cookie cutter

Clear favor bag



Place one small play-doh cup in the bottom of your favor bag, place the cookie cutter on top and tie the bag at the top with a bow. If you are feeling extra crafty you can attach a favor tag.

Tips: You can find large packs of small Play-Doh cups at your local membership club, and the best place to find Halloween cookie cutters is at the dollar store. If you are lucky, you will find a pack of 4-5 cookie cutters for $1!

I hope you have a wonderfully spooky and super simple Halloween!

Until next time,


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