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Halloween Treats - No Sweets
Trick or Treat
Kids love having a full goody bag after the trick or treat is over. Half the fun is getting to dump it out when you get home to see what all is in the bag. Then there is the parent’s opinion, which usually results in most of the candy being taken from the child. I’ve known some parents who store the excess in the freezer or in the pantry to dole out at a later time. Others I’ve heard say they throw some of it away, especially if the treats are items such as homemade cookies/candies or popcorn in zip top type bags. The throw away items are usually pitched if the parent doesn’t know the person who made them.
Parents are concerned over their children getting too much sugar, but there is the added concern that some sick person may have slipped something harmful into their child’s trick or treat bag. This became such an issue a few years back that some hospitals offered x-rays of trick or treat bag contents to ensure no child was hurt. This also has driven many trick or treating children to such places as church or youth center “trunk or treats”, rather than house to house as children did in the past.
While candy has always been the main attraction, there are other options for goodies for the trick or treat bags - options the child will enjoy and the parents’ minds may be relieved as well.
Glow Stick Bracelets
- In keeping with the Halloween theme, shop the Dollar Stores near you for the small rubber or plastic spiders, lizards, frogs and insects. You can usually find them at a price of several for $1.
- Check the party favors section for Halloween theme party favors. You may find such items as glow in the dark teeth, fingernails, rings, etc.
- If you are one of those persons who always has a bunch of change around, fill a Halloween container full of coins and let each child get one handful to put in their trick or treat bag. If you prefer, you can always bag them yourself ahead of time, in small Ziploc type baggies or in Halloween theme paper bags that can be found in many dollar stores.
- Pencils and erasers are another choice. Find them with a Halloween theme. Pencil toppers are also popular with children.
- If you feel you have to give out food items, then perhaps small bags of chips, trail mix, or small boxes of Pringles would be appropriate. Personally I would not choose peanut butter crackers due to so many children having allergies to nuts; however, cheese crackers are also available.
- Balloons come in many shapes and sizes and they are always popular with children. You may choose regular balloons or punch balloons with the rubber band attached. Drop 2 or 3 into each trick or treat bag.
- Washable tattoos are a “can’t miss” treat for the goblins who visit you. They come in plain, as well as glitter options.
- Stickers come in ready- made and “make your own” designs.
- Glow sticks are a nice treat in addition to being a safety precaution when children wear the glow stick bracelets while trick or treating. They are more visible to drivers. Glow sticks come in bracelets, bendable sticks and other shapes.
Adhere to Common Sense Rules
- If you are participating in the Halloween tradition of giving out treats, please remember to turn your porch light on so the children will know they are welcome. If you run out of treats, turn your porch light off so you won’t be “tricked”. Most people know to observe these signals.
- Please do not invite children into your home. This is especially important if they do not have an adult accompanying them. Pass the treats out from the doorway or from your front porch.
- In light of the fact that numerous children in past years have had their costumes catch on fire from flames in Halloween decorations such as jack-o-lanterns, please omit flames from your décor.
- If you have pets, put them in an area where they won’t be stressed by squealing children and costumes. Your otherwise friendly, well-behaved pooch may become aggressive in this situation. In addition, some children are afraid of dogs.
Jack-O-Lantern With Flame
Places to Shop For Non-Sweet Treats
Your local dollar stores are a good source for finding non-sweet treats. If you prefer on-line shopping, try such places as Amazon or Oriental Express.