Halloween Ideas for Kids
Kids always get a good deal of candy each year at trick-or-treating time. Sometimes I like to switch it up and give out something else, just to break it up.
Five Candy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters
Growing up, our trick-or-treat times always fell in the afternoons. Once I moved here, I realized that many communities (ours included) still trick-or-treat at night. That’s what makes giving out glow sticks bracelets for trick-or-treating so much fun. The kids get to use them right away and it’s fun to watch the whole street light up a little as they continue on down the road.
We handed out these party packs of Play-doh one year and were surprised at what a hit they were! Even the older kids got excited. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what kind of reaction I’d get, so I was very pleasantly surprised.
Halloween rubber ducks (and other novelties)
My kids both love rubber ducks of all kinds. It would be fun to get an assortment of Halloween rubber ducks. Maybe throw in an order of these cool Halloween sticky hands or something similar for the older kids.
A few companies make individual snack-size bags of pretzels – and some even put out special Halloween-shaped pretzels this time of year. We currently have a pack of “Bats & Jacks” (pretzels shaped like bats and jack-o-lanterns).
Coupons for area restaurants
Several area fast-food restaurants offer Halloween coupon booklets for you to purchase ahead of time and pass out to trick-or-treaters. Or keep a few yourself for a discounted treat later. We won’t count. Check your nearest locations to see if they’re participating this year – and purchase these early, as they only have a limited number available.
• Wendy’s Halloween coupon booklets – Wendy’s usually has a $1 booklet containing 5-10 coupons for a free Jr. Frosty.
• McDonald’s Halloween coupon book contains 12 coupons (4 free apple slices, 4 free cones, 4 free apple juice or white milk jug). The coupon book costs $1.
• Burger King Halloween coupon booklets – In the past, Burger King has offered similar coupon booklets, but I haven’t been able to verify anything yet for this year. Let me know if you’ve seen them available for purchase at yours!