I enlisted the help of my seven-year-old sister for this post. I was explaining to her that I wanted to come up with alternative items (NOT candy) to give to trick-or-treaters when she replied "oh no, we're going to be that house?" I assured her that there would be plenty of candy to go around to which she said "that's the point."
Once I further explained that I was not including items like toothbrushes and carrots (and assured her that those people only existed in nightmares), her brain started churning. So here it is, from the mind of a seven-year-old, what would be "cool" to get instead of candy for Halloween:
1. Silly Putty
Me: Some parents don't like Silly Putty because it is sticky and messy.
Little Sister: So are lollipops and bubblegum
Fair enough. Oriental Trading has 48 mini containers for $10.
A little expensive for the average trick-or-treater but apparently these are all the rage right now. $8 for 12 individual Squinkies.
3. Neon Vampire Teeth
She liked these because according to her "vampires are scary." She obviously hasn't seen Twilight. $8.00 for 144 pieces.
No specific theme, just the request that there are both boy and girl options.
(Image: Flickr member sponselli licensed for use by Creative Commons, via Ohdeedoh)