It's no secret that kids love getting candy on Halloween. But the truth is, they also love getting other kinds of treats in that orange plastic pumpkin. Treats that last. Treats made to be played with. Treats that are, in some way, "different" or "special." If this sounds like the kind of thing you'd like to give out this year, here are 10 real options, after the jump.
1. Crayons. With the advent of Etsy, there is an endless supply of themed-crayons available at your disposal. The skeleton ones above are huge, and $16 for 12, though there are many options that are $1 each or less.
2. Bouncy Balls. Buy these in bulk to keep down cost. Amazon sells Halloween-themed bouncy balls in packs of 72 for just $15.
3. Play Doh. Mini Play Doh pots can also be bought in bulk. The Hasbro shop sells 60 mini pots for $16.99 (That's just 28 cents a pot!.)
4. Tattoos. Buy these, or print your own at home! Martha Stewart has some really creepy Spider printable tattoos that would be perfect, available for download here.
5. Stickers. Don't feel bad about buying a few pads of stickers and tearing off sheets to give to kids. Check your local dollar store, craft store and toy stores for options.
6. Glow sticks. Buy them in multi-packs at the dollar store and split them up for a super-cheap trick or treat option that is great fun to wear and enjoy on the night!
7. Coloring books. Online printables work wonders here. Crayola has a bunch, Nick Jnr have a few, Mr Printables have a couple of mazes. Print a whole lot and staple them together! For those of you who might feel weird handing out sheets of paper in lieu of candy, hand out just one with the candy. Kids (and parents) will be happy to have something to do the day after all the candy is eaten up.
8. Loose change. This might seem weird, but think about it: who didn't love getting loose change as a kid? And who doesn't have a change jar somewhere around the house?
9. Juice boxes and bottled water. All that walking dressed in costume really can make you thirsty! Even if the kids aren't interested in the water, I'm sure the parents will be!
10. Chips and pretzels. Edible doesn't have to mean candy. The most argued-over prizes from Halloween night at my house are almost always Halloween-themed chips and pretzels. They look more substantial, more special, and (shhh!) often they're a little healthier, too.
What will you be giving out on Halloween night?