Easy Halloween Favors
I'm all about non-candy Halloween favors. Not because I'm anti-candy or anything, but because I know for us our kids get SO MUCH OF IT that why not mix things up a bit and give other kiddos a non-candy Halloween option. Here are some of the fun options I found while researching for favors from my own kids:
Play-Doh Halloween Favors
This is actually the option I ended up going with because this package comes with 50 (!) containers for around $25...that's cheaper than some candy options. With the package of 50,
I'm going to be able to cover both of my boys' preschool classes (classmates, teachers, assistants), my older son's baseball team and some neighbor friends. We're going to put a circle sticker on top with a cute Halloween message and call it good!
Halloween Self-Inking Stamps
Now, my kids LOVE stamps. So much so, in fact, that I chose not to go with stamps because whenever we have a stamp in the house, it results in one of my children ended up covered head to toe in stamps. However, if your kids have more self control than mine, these are a great option and they come to about 20 cents each for 50 stamps. These would also be great for a Halloween class party to use to decorate a picture frame or other fun craft.
Flashing LED Light Halloween Rings
These rings are so cute and come out to about the same cost as the play-doh. Lots of fun shapes and the kids can wear them on Halloween night making it easier to keep track of kiddos in the dark. I picture a cute little gift tag attached that says something like: "Have a FLASHY Halloween!"
LED Light Up Halloween Necklaces
I thought this necklaces were so cute and a great deal. If you're feeling hip, you could add a cute tag that says: "Hope your Halloween is LIT!"
Halloween Wind-Up Toys
My 1-year-old LOVES little wind-up toys like these and if I were only buying favors for his class, I probably would have done these (but I just couldn't resist a 50-pack of play-doh and only having to design one label :D).
Mini Wooden Fiesta Maracas
I know what you're thinking...maracas aren't exactly Halloween themed, but I had a cute idea in mind for these that I was so close to doing, but ultimately decided to go a different route. You know the suckers with white paper/cloth wrapped around them with string tied around the stick and black eyes dotted on to make it look like a ghost? I thought you could do the same with these cute little maracas! Just get little pieces of white fabric, drape them over the maraca, tie a string around the handle and voila, a cute little ghost! My youngest loves maracas and musical instruments, which is what led me to try and find a musical option for his class.
Individual Packages of Playfoam
Playfoam is a bit pricer than play-doh at about $1 per package, but I definitely prefer it to play-doh, mostly because it doesn't dry out. These little playfoams are perfect for handing out and throw a sticker on the flat side and call it good!
Last but not least...my favorite thing to hand out at our house to neighborhood kids instead of candy are glow sticks. You can get 400 glow sticks for only about $25...honestly, it's cheaper than candy and you don't have to worry about being tempted by bowls of candy sitting around your house (I say I do it for the kids, but really it's because I have no self control and would never be able to resist snacking on Halloween candy). Kids love them because they can wear them that night and parents love them because it makes their kids easier to see and you get to toss the used ones at the end of the night. So, less clutter to deal with next day! :)
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