Halloween is always the start of what I call the JUNK-FOOD-EVERYWHERE season. It starts with Halloween, trickles through Thanksgiving, slides into Christmas, and crosses the weight gain finish line on New Years. Every month, a new struggle will arise.
How do we avoid this horrible trend?
We must start the season strong!
With some people, they can purchase Halloween candy they don’t like, and it won’t be touched by anyone but the trick-or-treaters.
For others, all candy is considered too much temptation.
So I’ll share some of the things I am passing out this year for Halloween in hopes of encouraging a little less candy consumption.
This one is so much fun for the kids, but also a great idea for safety. I bought little glow sticks that came with connectors so I can make glow bracelets for the kids in my neighborhood. This way if they are trick-or-treating after the sun goes down, they will be spotted by cars more easily… especially while crossing street. And not to mention the fun that comes along with glowing in the dark.
All kids love bubbles! We want to encourage these young ones to stay outside and play. Especially while the weather is crisp and cool. So at my local dollar store I found wedding favor bubble sets that are plain white… six bubble sets for $1. This way I can write things on them or tie them up with ribbon!
According to the National Retail Federation, the average American spent more than $77 on Halloween. We all know how expensive Halloween candy is… One bag alone can cost almost $10. By the time everyone in the house passes the bowl and grabs a piece, and with trick-or-treaters ringing the bell for their share, how much money will have been spent on candy?
Halloween Pencils and Erasers
This one was really exciting to come across because every parent seems to stress about the expense of school supplies. So why not help them out?
I found tons of Halloween pencils, Frankenstein erasers for the tips of the pencils, and larger hand held erasers in the shapes of pumpkins and bats. This may motivate kids to use these things and be more creative or to get that homework finished.
There are lots of neat toys you can include in your goody bags or treat bucket. Glow in the dark vampire teeth definitely made my goody list. I also passed tons of plastic bugs, ghost rings, and orange yo-yos in the dollar store. Plenty of fun to keep the little ones entertained.
I hope this helped you mix up your Halloween treat bucket even if it does contain some candy. Sometimes it’s nice to find something other than sugar to give to the little ones ringing our doorbell.
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