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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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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
God we learned what houses not to go to as a child in our neighborhood and those were the ones that gave -bags of popcorn -rolls of pennies, no no we didnt get dimes, we got pennies -any kind of fruit Halloween is supposed to be a time to let go, let your kids go wild, to withhold candy for the sake of "its not good for them" is just lame. My parents took our heavy pillowcases full of candy and let us have two pieces a day, which i now can understand.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
There's a dentist's office in our city that has a "candy buy back" day on Nov. 1. Kids bring in their candy and the dentist pays you $1 a pound and gives you a free toothbrush and a gift certificate for a meal at a restaurant. It's kind of a neat idea. I don't think I'll be giving out band-aids, but I WILL probably be giving out sugar free gum. That's always a pretty safe's healthier than candy and less dorky than raisins or dimes.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Aren't superballs a choking hazard for toddlers? And who's to say that the older child that comes to your door doesn't have a younger sibling at home who can choke on the superball you gave the older child. My sister gives out gifts for a place called Bennets Educational Store, little puzzle books or those funny replace a word books. She buys in bulk so she gets a discount. Aw, give' em cash like the good old days. In the 80's because of the razors in candy deal my neighbors give all us kids - cold hard money. It was a nickel, dime or quarter even a half dollar or silver dollar if you were a particularly favored child on the street but I used to come away with at least $3 at hitting about 50 houses in a night.
Saturn9 Saturn9 9 years
At Costco, they had mini-Play Doh cans to give out for Halloween treats. I used some for goodie bags for my daughter's birthday party, and I'll give out the rest as trick or treat goodies (in addition to candy).
karlorene karlorene 9 years
i'm all about the candy even now haha
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
I love the idea for temp tatts!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I agree with JustSomeChick.
syako syako 9 years
egged for bad treats? Where do yall live?!? I've never heard of that.
megw06 megw06 9 years
It's a nice thought but I would be seriously disappointed as a kid if I got some band-aids and fake tattoos for Halloween.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
JustSomeChick, That is exactly why I give out good candy. We have a lot of little devils in our neighborhood, as well as the kids that are driven over here. I have two large trees in the front & it would take forever to get all of the toilet paper out of them, not to mention the house getting egged. It happens here every year.
cheersdahlin cheersdahlin 9 years
band aids? ....your just askinggggg to get egged.
syako syako 9 years
This is cute. Though the kids here in New Orleans would say "mardi gras beads, are you kidding me?" :)
Tyressia Tyressia 9 years
Wow, way to take the fun out of Halloween. :(
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
As an adult and a parent, I love those ideas. As a kid though, I hated the houses that gave dimes and peanuts. My brother's would determine who they would pull their pranks on based on the treat given. I don't want my house to be egged for not having the good treats! It's actually a moot point though. I am never home - I am out trick-or-treating with my little one!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Haha I loved getting little toys when i was little trick or treating!!! it's ncie sometimes to get something other then candy.
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