A mix of inexpensive Halloween-themed toys from a place like Michael’s, Oriental Trading, Target or Wal-Mart (pictured)
Miniature bottles of water or all natural juice boxes (love this idea because we are always thirsty when we’re out and about trick-or-treating)
Spooky collection of Halloween “frights” like plastic eyeballs, rubbery rats, and fake fingers
Light-up glow sticks, which can usually be found in a pack of 15 at Michael’s or Target for only $1 (that’s what we’re going to give out this year!)
Halloween pencils and mini activity books or pads of paper
Toothbrushes (big kids might turn their noses up to this, but my children happen to think new toothbrushes are fun)
Mini Lara Bars and/or packs of raisins
Inexpensive little books from thrift stores, garage sales, or the dollar store
“Birthday landfill” as one facebook fan called it, which is basically a collection of all the little gizmos and gadgets from party favor bags throughout the year
Temporary tattoos and/or stickers
Small bags of microwavable popcorn
Fruit leathers (made with 100% fruit)
Homemade crayons made in muffin tins in the oven (google it)
Local apples…they are currently in season so why not!
What do to with all the candy that your kid does get…
Allow them to keep a few pieces and then trade in the rest to you for a quarter each…then off to the toy store or dollar store! (This method can be used all month-long or even all year-long)
Keep it simple – just offer your kids the choice to trade in all their candy for a trip to the toy store or for something else they’ve been really wanting like a trip to Monkey Joe’s
Leave the bulk of the candy out on the front porch for the mysterious “Halloween Witch” who will miraculously leave a non-candy surprise (like a game or a toy) in its place…tell them the “better” the candy the “better” the surprise!
Ship your candy off to the troops
Or combine the best of both worlds – find a local dentist who participates in a Halloween Candy Buy Back Program because they will give you something in exchange for the candy and also ship it off to the troops for you!