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Halloween Treat Ideas

What kind of treats do you give out for Halloween? From the scale of full-size candy bar to toothbrushes where do you stand? I am closer to the toothbrush side, but not all the way there!

I find things that aren’t candy and buy them in bulk to give out. Everyone gives out candy, and if we’re honest kids don’t need that much candy. Last year at Costco I found mini bags of pretzels and mini card games to give out Halloween night. We had some kids that were rude about it not being candy so we made sure to give them a princess go-fish game instead of yummy pretzels.

This year I had a list of other ideas.
Fun Sized Snacks (Such as Granola Bars or Crackers)
Microwavable Popcorn
Novelty Toys (Check out Oriental Trading)
Pens or Pencils
Bubbles
Glow Sticks
Stickers
Hair Clips
Novelty Jewelry
Other Party Favors
Mints or Gum

Some of this is more cost efficient than others. I compare everything to a big bag of candy and the fact that if the candy pieces are small I tend to want to give everyone two or three.

This year I ended up buying a bulk pack of Halloween packaged cheese puffs and an assortment of cookies and crackers. For those two things I paid a dollar or two more than it would cost for a bulk sized bag of candy, but I definitely got more out of my money.

I know from years past that I bought too much, but it won’t go to waste. Whatever we don’t use will be going in a care package to support the troops. (Ok, I’ll be eating some too!)

So what do you think? Am I the lamest Mom on the block?

Check out these other Halloween ideas:
3 Easy Boo-ing Ideas
DIY Stuffed Pumpkin Basket
Repurposing Halloween Candy

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  1. Pingback: Getting Ready for Halloween | Monzanita's

  2. Kalyn Brooke | Creative Savings 09/14/2013 at 11:29 am

    2 years ago I mixed Halloween erasers, stickers and pencils in with low fat gummy candy. All of the kids were pretty happy to see the stickers!

    Last year we handed out dog treats too. A lot of kids bring their dogs along with them in my neighborhood, so this was a huge hit as well!

    I think mixing it up a bit is a good, variety is the spice of life right? Kids get tons of the same old same old candy at Halloween. A card game, pretzels, cocoa packets, granola bars or anything non candy should be a hit( except for with a few kids as you mentioned the rude ones).

  3. Monica Jamer 09/19/2012 at 12:42 pm

    Brittney, I totally agree, I love the candy too. There are just other parents giving it out so the kids still get plenty for the parents to steal. I mean, share! If everyone copied me and started using my ideas I would switch back to candy 🙂 I’m just adding some moderation to the sweets.

  4. Brittney 09/18/2012 at 10:04 pm

    NOT the lamest mom on the block, although I’m going to confess that I love Halloween candy myself! That’s what is so great about people being themselves–we each learn to enjoy and appreciate differences, and I think it’s great for kids to learn this as soon as possible. Seriously. Good for you!
    -Brittney
    http://smartgirlstyle.blogspot.com (it’s my shiny new blog, where I share projects and ideas and sometimes even a witty insight or two. But, if I’m being honest [which I am because I just admitted to you what a sucker for Butterfingers I am], the witty insights are probably only funny to me. My husband would probably agree. Come on by! I love visitors!)

  5. Deanna 09/18/2012 at 9:09 am

    As a mom of a kid with food allergies, YAY! for non-food Halloween treats!! I let my little guy trick-or-treat (or rather trunk-or-treat) and we get everything home, seperate out the candy since he can’t have any of it, and then I swap him out little non-food treats for his candy stash. And then…we make homemade Halloween cut-out cookies!

  6. Erin 09/17/2012 at 1:44 pm

    Nope! As a teacher, I always hated the Halloween sugar rush/crash that ruined my students for a week or more following Halloween. As a result, I had out mini playdoh, pretzels, or other non-candy items. Way to go! 🙂

  7. Raejean 09/17/2012 at 1:18 pm

    I think you are a smart mom for not adding to the sugar hype!