Written by Marilyn B., Sprout Volunteer
Halloween Goodies That Have No Calories:
Many stores have great ideas for pass outs I have seen fake body part, rings, straws, bugs and small toys for a dollar you can get ten or more hand outs.The trick is buy early as these sell out fast.
School Supplies: Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers and small note books. One year I passed out pencils and a little boy who was about three-years-old was so pleased with his pencil. He said, “Mommy, look I got a real pencil!”
Tattoos and stickers: The shinnier the better! For tattoos, the ones that look like real tattoos are a great hit.
Jewelry: Necklaces, rings, and sticker earings are a real hit with both boys and girls.
Bubbles: You can find small ones (sometimes meant for weddings) at ome places priced at 10 for a dollar.
-These next ideas are homemade treats for Halloween. If you have time you can pass out these treats that only cost pennies:
Homemade Toys: With scraps around the house you can make bean bags, balls or hackie sacks or stuffed animals. If you have yarn you can make a pom pom and add a rubber band to make a homemade ball shooter. Some web sites have free print-outs of dominos, bingo and tic-tac-toe.
Jewelry: Not only can you buy jewelry, you can also make it. I have seen paper clips in cool shapes like hearts and stars for under 2 dollars for 25 of them! Add pretty ribbon and some beads to make an instant necklace.
Do you have old telephone wire? This can make pins, rings, bracelets and necklaces. Embroidery floss, ribbon or yarn make cool friendship bracelets.
Craft kits: Instead of making jewelry, put beads and ribbon in a zip lock baggie and let older children make there own. Have some already made up for the younger kids. Pipe cleaners and beads with zipper pulls and key chains make craft kits too. One last idea is pompoms and wiggle eyes to make furry friends.