It’s that time again parents. Spend $35 on a costume, 2 hours applying cheap costume makeup, 3 hours carting them around for treats, there’s the 30 minute battle where you check and sort candy, and then if you’re lucky you can send them to bed only have consumed a single Tootsie Roll. Once they sleep, you take your candy tax. Sound about right?
All that candy kids get on Halloween is fun, but it doesn’t help your waistline, their waistline, or anyone’s teeth. After all, it’s probably a battle getting your toddler to brush his or her teeth right? It’s fun to have treats every once in a while, but to have five pounds worth of candy dumped from a pillowcase (throwback) or a treat bucket is ridiculous.
While I let me toddler indulge on sweets (probably more than I should sometimes), I still get crazy when she gets loaded up on fistfuls of candy as treats from others. Halloween is the worst! Every grandparent, aunt, uncle, and stranger hand her a sack full of candy. Can I get a little help here?
Here’s are some Halloween Treats That Aren’t Candy that are my favorite:
- Tinker Toys – These finger puppets (affiliate link) are my daughter’s favorite!
- Play-Doh – Grab 15 mini cans in this Play-Doh Party Bag (affiliate link) perfect for classrooms.
- Jewelry and Accessories
- Pre-packaged healthy snacks – Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Flavoured Snacks (affiliate link) have a special low price for Prime members!
- Art Supplies – 4 count Kid Fun Crayons (affiliate link) with 72 packs total less than $15!
- Coloring Book Pages
Sure you could be the house that handed out toothbrushes or pencils, but don’t be the house that does that. My daughter and I watched an episode of Disney’s Liv and Maddie recently and treaters didn’t rate toothbrushes high on the fictional app Treat Beat for the Rooney household.
Candy can get ridiculously expensive, especially when it is at a time for high demand. I’ll go ahead and surrender by saying that there are fabulous deals out there when you use coupons. Remember, I used to be a coupon blogger! But, checking out some of the options that I’ve linked too above are fabulous deals too! Prices are always changing, so if you see it low now grab enough for your trick-or-treaters or classroom.
Bulk websites like Oriental Trading are great resources to buy what you need too not just for Halloween but for parties all year round.
Skip the candy this year and fill your cauldron up with these Halloween treats that aren’t candy.
Find out more about what I think about candy-filled holidays by checking out Stop Buying My Toddler Candy for all the crazy concerns of a first time mom. Also, let me know in the comments below what some of your favorite candy alternates are for class parties or treat-filled holidays. I need ideas!
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