Let's face it – Halloween is not great for the environment with all of those little packages, wrappers, costume bags, face paints, etc. It is not great for our waist lines or teeth either. Since I am always looking for ways to improve things, I feel I have stumbled upon a great solution to make Halloween trick or treat bags safer. How? Give out Halloween toys instead of candy.
What are Halloween toys? There are a number of items that you can buy for around the same cost as candy. My favorites are ones that will be used and reused often. Pencils decorated with pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls and witches make a fun reminder of Halloween that kids can use at school or at home. Erasers and pencil toppers also come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes. Since kids need these items anyways, why not give them instead of candy?
There are also items for recess or play, like: bouncy balls that look like eyeballs; squishy balls; soft spiked balls and toy tops. There are also keepsakes, like rings; necklaces; stuffed toys; glow-in-the-dark-teeth and light-up pins. There are practical items such as mini flashlights; socks; reflective necklaces and coffee mugs – although these will usually cost around $ 1 each. Craft items are also fun and useful and can include wood shapes; markers; foam kits; stampers and glitter glue.
As always, look for items that are made from recycled materials.
Kids love to get toys and receiving them as Halloween treats helps to cut down on the amount of candy and sugar they eat. Halloween toys are also great for schools, clubs and parties. Unlike candy, toys do not cause obesity, tooth decay or allergic reactions. Toys are harder to tamper with, so kids are safer. Best of all, you do not have to worry about over-buying. If you have toys left over, simply store them for next year. You can't do that with candy!