Hey everyone! It’s Jennifer from Tales of a Peanut again.
Halloween is quickly approaching and I’m dreading the thought of having piles of candy in my house and trying to find a way to ration it to my kids so that they aren’t on a crazy sugar high for the next month! We don’t get a lot of trick or treater’s in our neighborhood, so I’m contemplating going with non-candy treat bags this year. For those who get lots of visitors on Halloween, candy might be the most cost effective treat, but you might consider making special treat bags for your children’s friends or special neighbors.
I put together a design that you can print and cut out to staple to the top of a treat bag that you hand out on Halloween or at your child’s school. You can click the image below to be taken to the pdf that is free for download.
I’ve also been trying to think of where I can get inexpensive treats that kids might enjoy but that won’t drive parents crazy. So that means I’m looking for things without noise and without potentially scary graphics on them that I wouldn’t want my kids to see. Below is a list of some that I’ve found online but I’m sure there are lots of other great treat ideas in these stores and others. And, just so you know, none of these links are affiliate links or anything of the kind — they’re just plain links to items that I think might be fun!
Glow Star Wands – $2.99/4
Neon Moustaches – $.99/5
Bat Bead Necklaces – $2.99/6
Eyeball Glasses – $3.99/6
Spooky Stickers – $.99/8
Pumpkin Bookmarks – $.99/12
Halloween Hair Clips – $2.99/12
Playful Pumpkin Pencils – $2.99/12
Friendly Frights Kids Tattoos – $2.99/24
Black and Orange Spider Rings – $.99/30
Pumpkin Wood Cut Outs – $1.47/4
Flying Disc Favor Pack – $3.99/12
Rhinestone Rings Favor Pack – $1.99/24
Two-tone Bounce Balls – $2.99/8
Party Bubbles with Wand – $1.99/8
Neon Twist Bracelets – $3.99/12
Mini Crayons – $1.99/8
As far as I know, Target’s Dollar Spot varies by location and day so I can’t link to any particular items in it. But Dollar Spot finds can range from small books, to pencil packs, to play dough, to fun socks – all for $1! And with their Cartwheel app they also have a coupon that gives you 10% off of their dollar spot items through October 31st!
Krazy Straws – $1/6
Disney Toy Party Favors – $1/4
Some non-toy Favor Ideas:
– Cereal Bars
– Mini bottles of waters, juice boxes, or Capri-Sun’s
– Mini packages of snack items like goldfish or pretzels
– Glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets, etc
Some things to remember when creating favor bags or shopping for Halloween treats:
– Leave all food in original packaging.
– Try to get items that are appropriate for all ages. Small balls, toys with small pieces, and small pieces of candy are choking hazards for little one’s. The parents should check bags before handing over to their kids, but try and make their life a little easier by only including items that are good for everyone. Or, possibly, have a separate item that you hand out to young kids.
– There are many ways to hand out treats: individual bags, handing out yourself, or letting the kids pick from the bowl. Choose what works for you and then don’t let any remarks from sugar-high seven year olds make you feel bad.
– For most parents (and hopefully the kids too!) Halloween is going to be about seeing friends and family and having fun getting dressed up, NOT about what they receive at each house. Don’t stress about what you’re handing out or what your neighbor is handing out that you aren’t. Just choose what works for you and then enjoy the night! We only get to spend a few Halloween’s with our kids so lets enjoy them and not stress about them!
Hope you and your family have a spook-tacular Halloween! I would love to know if you have other favorite go-to treats for Halloween!