October’s on and yes, if you’re a parent, chances are you’re already gearing up for Halloween. Costumes, masks, face paint and of course, treats!
Do you want to hand out the same ole’ candy this year as well? Seriously, with childhood obesity and tooth decay on the rise, do we, as parents, want to contribute to making kids unhealthy?
I think not.
But we do want to keep the fun alive in trick-or-treating and we do want children to enjoy the occasion and look forward to their treats.
So, here are the 4 best fun and frugal treats for Halloween, and no they don’t involve candy:
Right on top of the list are our super-cute ghost-shaped soaps that will help to wash off all the face paint and stay with kids long after Halloween is over. At just $7.50 for half a dozen soaps, these are fruity smelling, made with natural ingredients and perfect on the budget!
See how cute they are in the photo above!
2. Homemade and Healthy Halloween Treats
There’s nothing better than giving out sweet treats that are actually healthy and good for kids. Better still, have the kids make them as well. Nice!
Here are some ideas to get you inspired:
Healthy Halloween Treats from iVillage
Halloween Party Snacks and Treats for Children from Parenting
Ghostly Reads for Kids of All Ages
Want to encourage reading in the neighborhood kids? Pair some homemade sweet treats with a spooky book. Yes, it is a great way to get kids reading without cutting out the ‘treat’ part of Halloween!
Here is a great list of books for Halloweenand best part is that most of them cost under $5.
A Basket of Treasures
Finally, you can put together small baskets filled with non-treat treasures for all the trick-or-treaters and let them go home with things they’d actually use. Some ideas include ‘ghost’-themed adhesive bandages, seed packets for their own ‘spooky’ plant, lead-free fake jewels and more. Need more ideas to fill up those baskets? Check out this amazing list by Green Halloween.
This year, don’t let Halloween be yet another candy fest with sugar-laden, artificial color-filled candies being doled out. Make it fun, interesting and yet, healthy for the kids by making some simple but wise choices.