Thanks to food intolerances and allergies, or simple concern over how much sugar kids receive on Hallowe'en night each and every year, you may be considering alternative fun gifts to give your local trick-or-treaters. Its something I've always been conscious of, growing up with a sibling that couldn't have any of the candy he collected (instead donating his stash to the food bank, or split among his sibs and parents.) Hallowe'en didn't hold the same sort of fun for him since he very rarely collected anything he could keep. Perhaps if my parents had set up some sort of quota for him, such as, if he collected 100 candies, he could have five hot wheels cars; 200 candies, he could have a hot wheels track, etc, he might have enjoyed the hunt. It didn't matter how much he collected, our parents would exchange it for a treat of his choice (within reason of course,) regardless if he brought home 5 or 150 bite-sized treats.
Going door-to-door was more of a chore instead of something fun for my brother. So with that in mind, I've spoiled the 15 kids who've come to our door each year with alternative goodie bags, in hopes that it will be something special for at least one of those kids who has to be super careful of what they consume. If we had the type of crowd I was accustomed to growing up with (avg 250 kids,) I would probably forgo the actual goodie bag part, but would still find a way to hand out non-food items instead.
Here are my current favourite non-candy Hallowe'en treats to hand out on October 31st!
Five Alternative Hallowe'en Treats
Halloween ComicFest, brought to you by Previews World Magalog, sells 25 "bite-sized" popular comics for $5 per package. It's such a fab deal that I wound up buying three different packages this year in Archie, Skylanders and Boom! Studios Halloween Haunt (three quick stories by: Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Lumber Janes.) Curious of their content? Check out my review of each. It might be too late to grab any of these packages up this year, but check with your local comic book store anyway to see if they have any left in stock if you're interested though. This was something I had pre-ordered through the Previews World magazine back in July and already know that I'll have to keep an eye out for this sale again next year. And hey, if your child happens to collect one of these comics, they can use it for the Halloween Comicfest costume contest!
McDonald's and Wendy's Food Coupons
Both of these fast food joints have coupon books to share with the little monsters. McDonald's books are $1 each for 5 coupons, which consist of: 2 small cones, 2 cookies and 1 small fries coupons, only redeemable by children 12 and under. Wendy's gives you 8 coupons, 4 Jr. fries and 4 Jr. Frosties for $2, with proceeds helping Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Canada, not sure if there's an age restriction for redemption. While I prefer the Wendy's coupon book over the McDonald's one for multiple reasons, we don't have a Wendy's local to the area, so it wouldn't benefit the kids around here, who live walking distance to a McDonald's. *shrugs* Why either of them want to offer ice creams with Winter seemingly around the corner is beyond me though!
Play Doh Hallowe'en Packs
I've noticed our local Walmart carries these small play doh containers specifically for hallowe'en, but I would compare the price for the package with the regular sized play doh cans. You might find a better deal, with more fun for the kids.
Check out Walmart or Michael's and see if they have glow sticks in their bargain bins. This makes for great treats, and parents might even get their kids to use them that night.
Love this fun LEGO pumpkin idea from Repeat Crafter Me. You would probably want to hit up a LEGO store to get all the orange pieces you can find.
So those are my faves for non-candy treats for Hallowe'en! Do you have any great alternatives to share? I'm always on the look-out for more!