It is upon us, the most dreaded holiday in all of the year for nutrition freaks like me, Halloween. The holiday where kids dress up as their favorite character and walk door to door collecting crazy amounts of sugar-filled candy. While in years past we have been fortunate enough not to participate –>PARTY POOPER<– unfortunately I think the time has come. Our children are quickly catching on and I don’t think we can squeak around it anymore.
So instead of fretting about the mounds of candy we soon could be getting. I though I would share a little love with some fabulous candy-free ideas. What’s even better most of these can be used multiple times as opposed to the poison children normally get. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see halloween turn into a candy-free holiday?!? Someone slap me back to reality. You all know darn well you like halloween just as much as your kids as you carefully and strategically hide their stash so you can slowly eat away at it day after day.
Just an FYI, if it isn’t safe for your children to consume, it isn’t safe for you either. Moving on… check out these genius and very creative ideas from other parents who fear, dread and despise halloween just as much as me.
What kid doesn’t love some playdough? Wrap some Halloween colored playdough containers with these Halloween Printable Playdough Wraps from Anders Ruff for a perfect Halloween handout that kids can use over and over again. I know my girls would LOVE these!
This could very well be my favorite. These Vampire teeth from Polka Dot Chair are genius! Her husband is a dentist and thought up this clever way to give these out on Halloween instead of candy. I mean you wouldn’t even have to have the cute little printable. Just heap a bowl full of fake teeth and you have it made.
This summer our girls LOVED to catch caterpillars so of course this Halloween Jar Printable with a fake rubbery bug from Embellishing Life Everyday would be perfect for them. who wouldn’t have thought to make a canning jar card and attach a fake, rubbery bug? Seriously amazing, the creativity of people amaze me!
Bubbles are inexpensive, unique and fun, nothing any parent could argue against. Except maybe if they decided to blow them in the house. That doesn’t fly around here. Although what’s a little soap? It’s better than half the stuff that gets spilled on our floor. These Booo-bbles Printables attached to a small bubble container from Tater Tots and Jello are super creative!
Although they don’t last a long time, glow bands sure are fun when you get them. Maybe I am just envious. When I was a kid I ALWAYS wanted glow sticks but I don’t believe I ever, in my entire life, received a glow stick. Scarred for life. These fun You Light Up My Halloween Printables from Thirty Handmade Days are a perfect handout.
Who doesn’t like a cheesy joke from time to time? Head to your local dollar store and pick up a bunch of cheap trinkets and put them in little bags with these Printable Joke Toppers from Thirty Handmade Days. You can’t go wrong with a bag of cheap little trinkets that bring a smile and clutter your house.
Okay this may be a little out of the budget for many trick-or-treaters that come to your door. But if you have a school or friend halloween party what a great favor. Check out this Beads and String idea from Seeking Shade.
Last but not least these incredibly cute Glow Stick Brooms from Northstory. Here we go again, the sob story of never in my life receiving a glow stick. Mom what happened? Where you too cheap to buy your poor daughter a glow stick? Someone please give my child a glow stick because I too am too cheap to get my daughters one. Like mother, like daughter.
Fabulous, genius, creative and candy ->COUGH, POISON<- free halloween treats. Make the change, be the change, and stand up to giving our kids (and parents) sugar-laden candy and instead opt for one of these healthy halloween treats. Mothers like me will thank you!