Trick-or-Treating Candy AlternativesMonday, October 22, 2012
Yep, it's that time...time for the Pretty Little Bloggers' first series!
I thought I'd kick things off today with some non-candy Halloween treats (because not everyone wants to give out candy, and not every parent wants his/her child to get so much candy!). I promise, it'll be more fun than toothbrushes.
Kids, especially younger ones, love bracelets. Rubber band bracelets like these, as well as jelly bracelets, can be a fairly economical option because they have multiple bracelets in a pack for cheap (I've gotten a dozen jelly bracelets for a buck before...if you're expecting 100 kids to come by, that's only around eight bucks. Considering the price of a bag of candy, that's not too bad).
Bubbles are just awesome. Enough said.
You can usually find small packs of crayons fairly cheap, but making your own themed crayons using a candy mold can add a fun, unexpected touch to your trick-or-treat-giving.
-Glow Sticks/Glow Necklaces
Everybody loves glow sticks. And glow jewelry. As a bonus, it helps maintain trick-or-treat visbility! You can buy them at the dollar store, or in bulk on websites like Oriental Trading (which has a lot of things you could buy in bulk to give out).
What kid doesn't love Play-Doh? Hasbro even makes it easy for you by selling these little Halloween bags with Halloween colors. Fun and festive! (Plus it works those fine motor skills!)
-Single Serve Snacks
Single-serve snacks and drink mixes (Kool-Aid Singles, hot cocoa, popcorn, granola bars, heck, maybe even tea bags for those classy kids) are unexpected and a crowd-pleaser.
I don't know about you, but stickers were pretty much my favorite thing when I was little. I got them at the grocery store, I paid fifty cents to get the big sparkly ones from those little vending machines; I even had a sticker album (yeah, I was kind of lame. But also a lot of awesome). Stickers are especially fun for little ones!
True, Frostys and hamburgers may not be the healthiest alternatives, but if nothing else, parents can always conveniently "lose" the coupons if they don't want them (plus, some of the McDonald's ones are for healthier things like milk and apples, so they're not all bad). Check out local restaurants to see if the carry these special coupon booklets (I know McDonald's and Wendy's do).
Water can be a fun, unexpected treat. Trick-or-treating can be a long process, so a beverage might be nice. Those little half-pint water bottles are the perfect size for trick-or-treaters' bags.
What else can you think of?