Halloween Candy Alternatives

Moms have been asking me for tips and tricks to reduce the sugar consumption in their households for Halloween.  While Twix and Twizzlers are a necessary and welcome evil for this time of the year (Come on – we’ve all dipped into our little ones Halloween bag), there’s no doubt that finding fun and affordable alternatives to candy would help bring sanity back to our post-Halloween households a little sooner.

Halloween Goodie Bag

Thanks to Aunty Pat, my Mom-in-law, and Oriental Trading Company (OTC), I discovered that you can put a pretty substantial goodie bag together for $.50 – $1.50. I filled this bag with a squishy eye-ball, Halloween play dough,  a mummy photo frame you wrap yourself, a spider ring, and vampire bubbles for little over a $1.00.  All the items are from OTC and are available at its online store.

Candy Corn Magnetic Photo Frame Craft from Oriental Trading.com

If you’d like to keep your kids entertained for a few weeks after Halloween, pick up some of the craft kits from OTC. This one is a magnet photo frame with candy corns you assemble and glue. The company also has bracelets, necklaces, and silly monsters to assemble, which are perfect for the 6 -11 year old crew. You can find candid reviews from other customers, which are helpful in deciding what is age-appropriate and worth the money.

For about $40 USD you can buy enough goodies for 30 – 40 goodie bags or individual items to satisfy about 60 kids. That’s a lot of loot.  The added benefit of buying at OTC is that it is a one-stop shop for all your Halloween needs from candies to decorations.   Keep an eye-out for free shipping promos and you’ll be set for the holiday season. Visit www.orientaltrading.com for more information.

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2 Responses to Halloween Candy Alternatives

  1. barbara abdinoor says:

    great ideas! loved it!

  2. katherine says:

    The candy corn picture frame is a great idea. Especially if you are hosting a kids party, take pix of kids in costumes, print on site and have kids assemble the frames as a party project!

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