What’s Halloween without candy? I personally believe a little candy once a year won’t do much harm. And kids really look forward to their sweet treats. But if you want to do away with sugar, there are many other treats you can give to your little neighbors when they come knocking on your door.
Here are a few of them:
1. Arts & Craft Materials and School Supplies
Stickers, erasers, pencil toppers are fun to collect. Try to look for Halloween-themed ones or at least those with characters like Sponge Bob and Olaf. They’re also useful, too. Other items you might consider are pencils, crayons, mini paper pads, and rubber stamp-and-pad sets.
You can even make craft kits by buying items in bulk then repacking them in re-sealable storage bags. You can buy a big bag of foam stickers, pencils, crayons, and erasers at Japan Home and Daiso stores.
You can also buy cheap supplies from the “Everything P5” or “Everything P10” stalls in bazaars and tiangges. They have stickers, pens, and even accessories (which also make for great treats) for P5 or P10.
2. Halloween-themed Accessories and Jewelry
Kids love glow in the dark accessories. You can get glow sticks at National Bookstore (pending price). They can be twisted and formed into bracelets or necklaces. Glow–in-the dark glasses, necklaces, and bunny ears are at P49.75 each at Toys”R”Us. They also have glow-in-the-dark fangs for P69.75.
Temporary tattoos, bat or spider rings, disguise glasses, face mustaches are perfect for kids who love to play pretend and dress up. Unique Novelties has face mustaches for P32.00 each. You can also try online stores which usually sell these items at cheaper prices.
3. Novelty Toys
Kids love small toys which you can easily buy from party supply stores. Toy Kingdom and Toys”R”Us both sell party favors in packs of 6 or more. National Bookstore and Celebrations Party Central also have party favors. Most of these have characters. You can choose from mini-coin banks, yoyos, puzzles, bouncy balls, bubbles, slap bands, and a whole lot more. And of course, don’t forget the slinkys!
4. Silly Bandz and Loom Bands
These rubber bands have somehow become a schoolyard craze. Kids wear them, collect them, and trade them. You can buy these in small packs from toy stores.
5. Healthy Snacks
If you want to give out snacks, try the healthy option. Pumpkin seeds are high on that list as they are a good source of zinc. You can also hand out mini-boxes of raisins or small packs of cereals, or juice boxes.
This Halloween, skip the chocolates and candy aisles in the supermarket. Instead, surprise your trick-or-treaters with these fun alternative Halloween treats.