I recently participated in a Twitter Halloween Party with HomeTalk and Country Living Magazine, which, by the way, was AWESOME. (You can view the conversations by searching #HometalkCL.) During the party we discussed what we give out at Halloween, and HomeTalk referred to me as “THAT mom” for handing out non-candy treats. (It was meant in fun and that’s how I took it.) I am proud to carry that title. Yep, I’m the mom who tries to limit sugar and candy in the house. I’m the one who takes healthy snacks to school when everyone else is bringing store-bought cupcakes and frosted cookies. And on Halloween I don’t hand out candy. Not only do I do it because it’s a healthier alternative for the little boys and ghouls stopping by my house (hee hee, I said “ghouls”), but it also prevents me from eating an entire bag of peanut butter cups before the day even arrives, AND saves me money. Even better – if there are leftovers, I can save them for the next year!
Have you noticed the price of packages of Halloween candy lately?! Holy moly. That’s not to say you can’t get cheaper candy. But if I’m doing candy I’m stocking up what I want leftovers of, know what I mean? (Again, why I DON’T buy candy.) So what do I do instead? Here is a list of things I’ve handed out in past years and what’s in my treat bowl for this year (and I promise the kids have been just as excited if not more-so than if I had candy):
- Glow bracelets – you can pick up glow sticks and glow bracelets at the dollar stores and also at Wal Mart and Target. They come about 15 to a pack and are only $1 if you find them in the right spot! You can also order bulk packages from Oriental Trading.
- Spider & skull rings
- Tatoos – these have been a big hit and you get lots in a cheap package.
- Mini notebooks
- Halloween pencils
- Mini toy tops
- Jelly bracelets in Halloween colors (black, purple, orange, green)
- Little boxes of raisins
- Mini bottled water
- Natural fruit snacks or roll-ups (not the corn-syrup and sugar laden kind)
- Mix your own trail mix into snack-size baggies – nuts, raisins or dried cranberries, chocolate chips or M&M’s, popcorn (just be aware that since it’s not commercially packaged, some parents might not allow their children to eat it…this would be good for kids you know)