Saturday, October 26, 2013
Every year my kids come home with a TON of candy for Halloween, and a cold shortly afterwards. Of course, sugar is all sorts of bad for you, and though I love the fun of Trick-or-treating, I'm not so keen on the volume of sugar consumption that follows (even when I limit it). But there are some kids who can't even have sugar (for various reasons), so I like to have offer some non-candy treats in my bowl.
So, if you're still shopping to fill your Halloween bowls, here are a few non-candy alternatives, and some places you can find them locally.
Glow Bracelets and Other Glow Items
I give out glow bracelets every year, and trick-or-treaters LOVE them. Plus they make my bowl look super snazzy. I like to wedge them, unbent, in my candy bowl so it looks like a glowing light display (make sure to stick the attachment so they can make them into bracelets on first). You can get 15 glow bracelets for $1 in round tubes at Target or Micheals (at Wally's Party Factory you will pay $5 for them so don't get them there). Target also has a ton of other glow stuff (from fingernails to tops) but those are a little more expensive.
Both the noisemakers and the quieter one like pictured below are fun, cheap, and also look super cools sticking out of a candy bowl. I offered these first because I had some left over from a birthday party, and didn't know if anyone would take them, but a lot of the kids really loved them. The cheapest I've seen these is at Walmart, though you can get them at nearly any grocery store or party store.
Targets $1 section has temporary tattoos $3 for 20. Somewhat popular but not as cheap as some other items.
I had these one Halloween, and they were somewhat well liked. Not sure where's the best place to get them this year.
Target has glowing vampire teeth, 8 for $1.
I've tried these, but I've got to say they weren't as popular with kids. If you want them you can find them really cheap in the Target $1 section.
Other Plastic Flotsam
There are all sort of other plastic flotsam, erasers, and other stuff to be found at Targets $1 section, Dollar General, Walmart, HEB, Wally's Party Factory and other party stores.
So, have you tried non-candy treats in your halloween bowl? What did you try and how well did it go over with trick-or-treaters?
Posted by Gale at 11:57 AM