Alternatives to Halloween Candy

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First of all, let me start by saying I have nothing against Halloween candy! I enjoy candy as much as the next guy – and, to be frank, I probably eat too much this time of year!

That being said, I do understand children these days consume an obscene amount of sugary and processed foods, so I thought I’d present some alternatives.

These ideas are fun, easy and affordable – and I promise nobody will leave your house thinking you’re a bust! So let’s get started!

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Toy Jewelry

These play rings are perfect for any little princess (and I’m sure we’ll see a lot of those on Halloween night!). I really love this idea because children can play with these year round! There are tons of options out there: bracelets, necklaces, clip-on earrings… The possibilities are endless!

  • Cost per trick-or-treater: 16-cents (six rings per package, at 97-cents)
  • Recommended age group: 3-years +

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Mini Poppers

I have to admit, even I enjoy playing with these guys! You push the top of the mini popper down, and two seconds later, it springs high up into the air! So entertaining. My daughter thinks they’re hilarious!

  • Cost per trick-or-treater:  32-cents (3 mini poppers for 97-cents)
  • Recommended age group:  3-years +

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Temporary Tattoos

Another fun way for children to dress up during the Halloween season. Temporary tattoos are easy to apply and, more importantly, easy to remove!

  • Cost per trick-or-treater:  15-cents for a box containing 4 tattoos (20 boxes for $2.97)
  • Recommended age group:  3-years +

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Stickers

My son LOVES stickers. He can’t get enough! If you have a toddler in your life, I’m sure you’ve experienced the same thing! Halloween stickers are perfect for smaller children. Handing out an entire sheet of stickers guarantees at least an hour of entertainment for any little one – and they’re very affordable!

  • Cost per trick-or-treater:  13-cents for a sheet of nine stickers (20 sheets for $2.49)
  • Recommended age group:  2-years +

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Pencils and Notebooks

I’m a sucker for writing. And what better way to encourage writing skills, than to hand out notebooks and pencils? This matching set is very affordable and extremely well made. Perfect for school aged children!

  • Cost per trick-or-treater:  25-cents for one pencil and one notebook (10 pencils for 97-cents + 6 notebooks for 97-cents)
  • Recommended age group:  4-years +

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Spooky Creature Toys

These are perfect for little boys and girls who love bugs and practical jokes! These creepy creatures are fun to play with and add a spooky touch to Halloween treats!

  • Cost per trick-or-treater:  8-cents for centipedes (12 for $1) and 10-cents for spider rings (10 for $1)
  • Recommended age group:  4-years +

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Glow Necklaces and Bracelets

I loved these things when I was little! These are a great alternative for candy, because they glow-in-the-dark, which is perfect for little runs running around at night.

  • Cost per trick-or-treater:  19-cents for bracelets (5 per package at 97-cents) or 49-cents for necklaces (2 per package at 97-cents)
  • Recommended age group:  8-years +

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Costume Accessories

What’s more fun than dressing up as somebody else? I like to hand out costume accessories to older trick-or-treaters. These two items are so much fun – and surprisingly affordable!

  • Cost per trick-or-treater: 49-cents for fake mustaches (2 per package at 97-cents) or 97-cents for a set of makeup pencils
  • Recommended age group:  8-years +

No matter what you hand out – I hope you have a safe and fun Halloween! Enjoy!

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