25/09/2009 04:36 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Trick Or Treat? Alternatives To The Usual Sugar Filled Snacks

When it comes to giving out treats for those miniature monsters gracing your door around Halloween, the temptation is fill their goody bags with delicious sweeties and chocolates. Which is fine, but it's also worth knowing that there are other options.

The benefit of non-confectionery gifts is that they last longer than 10 minutes, and can be reused. These Halloween jokes on the right are from Etsy Seller Partyon, and come a a pack of 40 joke cards and 40 Halloween plastic rings for $10. Pop them in their goody bag or bring them out at a Halloween party to keep the kids occupied.

Here are a few more sweetie substitutes:

These Halloween Light up pens from party plan company Chocoholics are £1 each, and have devilish eyes that light up when you use the pen.

These Freakish Finger Soaps will come in useful when scrubbing off all that face paint! They're $5 for a set of 4 fingers from Etsy Seller AJSweetshop, and you can choose the colouring and scent of the soap. They've even got some tombstone and vampire teeth soaps!

Another Etsy Seller, magic crayons, has a range of Halloween themed crayons including this set of pumpkin crayons for $3.50.They come in their own organza bags, and would be a great decoration as they can also stand up unaided.

Woolworths is a bit of a life saver when it comes to chocolate free Halloween gifts, like this pack of 24 bubble pots for £6.99. They've got all sorts of other bits too like spooky bouncy balls, stretchy skeletons and insect rings.