How to Fill Trick and Treat Bags With Toys Instead of Candy
Obtain the candy bags you usually use.The only proviso is to purchase or make larger ones if the toys you'll be giving away are larger than the candies you'd normally be adding.
Find suitable toys.There are lots of possible toy ideas but they should be small, cheap and available in large quantities. Your best place of purchase is the dollar store but also check out party stores, toy stores and bulk sale places. Things that you might like to add include:
- Plastic animals, dolls or toy soldiers (and the ones with parachute attached)
- Bubble blowing liquid and blower
- Toys that enlarge when water is added or the sticky toys that walk down walls
- Costume jewelry
- Halloween toys made specially for the season such as spooky spiders, skeletons, skulls, etc.
- Stuffed toys
- Small bouncy balls
- Wind-up novelty toys
- Small games or puzzles.
Consider stationery.A lot of Halloween stationery is made for the Halloween season, shipped direct from China to your local dollar store. Fill the bag up with pencils, erasers, markers, sharpeners, rulers, etc.
- Stamp kits are a nice addition and while there are Halloween options, they don't have to be Halloween focused.
- Stickers are a good option at Halloween. Entire sheets of Halloween or other designs can be purchased and cut around to make lots of additions for trick and treat bags.
Think music.Small musical items can be a fun addition that allows children to make lots of noise when their parents would like some peace. For example, whistles, triangles, tambourines, maracas, shakers, etc. Look in the dollar store and toy stores. Also check out stores that support trade aid projects for much better quality whistles and small instruments.
Give a costume helper.Small items like plastic fangs, an eye patch, a skull ring or a glowing Halloween brooch might make interesting additions to a trick and treat bag. Be sure to keep these goodies small and decorative, as the kids will already have their own fun costumes.
- A reflective necklace or a flashlight might be a helpful item to give out. You could even keep such items aside in a bowl and hand them to kids you think don't look obvious enough in the darkness of night.
Check out the party items.Add things like glow-sticks, paper whistles, balloons and other fun items.
Throw in a candy or two.If you're not standing on principle about the evils of sugar, then you can still add a few candies to complete the bag.
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- Thrift stores often have an abundance of unwanted toys, especially fast food type plastic toys. A bundle of these given a good soaking in detergent and dried could be a good source of cheap toys.
- There are Halloween toothbrushes and brushing timers. However, these really smack of preaching and kids aren't likely to appreciate the gesture on the one night of the year when it's okay to eat candy.
- While it's nice to use Halloween themed items, these soon lose their luster when the season passes. It's recommended that you go easy on the Halloween designs and mix it up with more enduring designs that don't reflect the season, such as animals, plants, patterns, etc.
- If you're craft-minded, knitting some pumpkins, skeleton dolls or similar might be a nice option but they'd need to be something you could whip up lots of quickly. If you can do them in front of the TV in the nights leading up to Halloween, they might be doable.
- Unless you stock up at the dollar store, this can prove a more expensive option than candies. It really depends on what you give away. You don't have to put a whole lot of items into a candy bag. You could just put all the toys into a box or bowl and have kids choose one or two they'd like and leave it at that.
- On the whole, this isn't a very environmentally friendly option given the resources needed to make plastic gewgaws focused on Halloween. You could try a more ecological approach by giving away seeds, recycled notebooks, recycled markers or pencils, gently used toys in top condition, etc. but this approach probably requires a lot more planning, effort and outlay. This approach would be better suited to a party of like-minded people as your effort and message are not likely to be appreciated by most kids coming off the street.
- If you're concerned about whether or not toys will be well received by your trick-or-treaters, it is helpful to know that about 80% of children will choose toys over candy when given the choice.
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