First of all let me start by saying…
Candy is awesome!
I’m not anti-candy, but it’s hard to handle the tidal wave of sugar that comes this time of year.
It’s Halloween. And it’s fine to splurge every so often by eating that Twix and Snickers bar. I love Almond Joy, and my kids don’t, so I make sure I have a stash of about 20 when Halloween is over.
After they trick-or-treat, I give each of my kids a bag and let them pick out their favorite candy. They can have a piece for their school lunch or after dinner. The rest of the candy I give away in a massive smorgasbord.
This year I decided to think out of the candy box, so I took my girls to Target and Joann’s craft and we bought cute toys and some healthier snacks. (Yes, I added a few treats)
Here is a list of the Top Ten Trick or No Treating items we found.
TOP 10 TRICK OR NO TREATING IDEAS
10. $1 BIN BOOKS
The $1 bin at Target has some fun affordable ideas. My daughter loved the thought of getting some scary books or children books. This is a great if you have older Trick or Treaters or you don’t get too many kids knocking on your door.
9. PENCILS AND ERASERS
We found cool Halloween erasers and pencils. They came in a pack of 24 pencils for $1 and packs of 24 erasers were on sale for just $2.
8. PIRATE EYE PATCH
Who doesn’t want a pirate eye patch? I’ve been wearing mine around the house since we bought them. And bonus: September 19 is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, so your trick-or-treater will be prepared for the big event.
7. VAMPIRE TEETH
Vampire teeth are a Halloween favorite.
They come in so many fun colors.
6. APPLE WITH FAT FREE CARMEL DIPPING SAUCE
Get a clear bag, cute string, apple and fat free caramel dipping sauce and you have the best treat that is somewhat healthy.
Don’t forget to wash the apple before you put it in the bag.
Put the dip in first at the bottom of the bag.
Put the apple on top of the dip.
Tie a bow with the orange and black twine.
These cute caramel apple gift bags are great for private Halloween parties or to hand out to your friends. If people don’t know you I don’t think they will like getting a apple that is not wrapped.
5. SKELETON PARACHUTE GUYS
Children and Grandma approved.
4. PLAY- DOH
Play-doh is always a big hit. My kids love it when they get play-doh. Even if it’s a mini size. We bought these at Target.
3. KETTLE CORN AND PRETZELS
Each of these are low in fat, sugar and calories. I love the special Halloween packaging. And this Kettle Corn is delicious. Aren’t you proud I added some sugar.
What child doesn’t like crayons. They are the best. My kids color and draw all the time. If your store still has left over school supplies they may be marked way down. Check out those bins first and then try a party store for mini packets. They come in bulk for cheap.
1. COLORING BOOK
A cheap coloring book or cute note pad from a party store are the way straight to a child’s heart. They will love this over candy.
You may think I spent a lot of money on all these cute items, but the truth is it wasn’t much more expensive then a big bag of candy. It also depends on how many trick or treaters you have. A lot of the items at the craft stores were already marked way down in price. And if you have coupons it is even more affordable.
SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN
1. Trick or treat with an adult.
2. Always walk on sidewalks or paths.
3. Buy your children a glow stick or a flashlight to carry when it is dark (remind your children not to chew on glow sticks).
4. Remind your children to eat treats in their original unopened wrappers. Check their candy bag before they start eating. Especially for children who have food allergies.
5. Only go to homes that have the front porch light turned on.
What are your favorite non candy items to hand out to Trick Or Treaters?
Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Halloween!