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Halloween Survival: Non-Candy Treats

"What are you going to be for Halloween?" I think my girls have been asked this question at least five times daily for the last two weeks. This question troubles me for two reasons. First, both my daughters answer the question differently each time they are asked – how is a mom supposed to plan? Secondly, I want to ask the inquisitor what they are handing out for Halloween. I always hope it is a non-candy treat since the daily "one treat per day" power struggle with two small girls is quite taxing. Plus, I am seriously tempted to help them eat all those fun sized chocolates!

With this in mind, I have come up with a list of non-candy treats to help us all survive this candy-laden holiday.

  • Glow stick bracelets: Not just for raves anymore, the under 12 set is hip to joy of glow sticks. Help keep those little trick-or-treaters visible on a dark night and encourage them to add their glow bracelet to their costume right away.
  • Super balls: Talk about well-rounded fun! Chasing these small bouncy balls around can provide an energy outlet for children on a sugar high.
  • Temporary Tattoos: Give the treat that keeps on giving. Applying fake tattoos is a fun activity, and the little ones get to show off their ink later.

I have a couple more ideas so just

  • Mardi Gras beads: Don't be fooled to thinking only little girls go ga-ga over shiny beads. These necklaces cross the gender divide and will spruce up any costume.
  • Novelty band-aids: You don't need a boo-boo to sport a fun band-aid. Plus with a bandage, the little ones can always play the sympathy card.

Please feel free to add to my list in the comments section below. If you want some more ideas, check out Green Halloween.

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