Trick or treating on Halloween is a great tradition, but let’s face it, loading children up with pounds of sugary sweets is not great for their dental health.
There have been many attempts to move away from handing over sugary sweets to the costumed masses over the years, but usually, the houses who do so are permanently branded as black holes of fun.
At Cirocco, we care about spooky seasonal fun as much as we do your dental health! So here are ten non-candy alternatives for trick or treaters that won’t result in any Halloween hijinks.
10. Halloween-Themed Accessories
Various Halloween-themed accessories, like glow sticks, spooky finger rings, plastic vampire teeth, and slap bracelets can be fun little favors to hand out to hundreds of eager kiddos on Halloween night. These kinds of accessories are fun, shareable, and can be bought in large quantities for an affordable price!
9. Halloween-Themed School Supplies
In-between the frightening festivities of Halloween and the family-focused Holidays of the colder months there exists an uninterrupted stretch of school, and as any kid can tell you, that can be a drag. So why not spice up their school days with a flash of Halloween by giving out cute and spooky pencils, pens, erasers, grips, and other highly-coveted supplies?
Not only do these objects have a practical purpose, it will help to keep kids spirits up until the end-of-year festivities commence.
8. Individual Snack Packs
There are more food-focused treats out there than just candy. Goldfish crackers, pretzels, and organic fruit snacks can all be great alternatives to overly sugary Halloween candy. To make these snacks as easy to handle as possible, consider filling up small baggies with them and handing them out one-by-one.
7. Halloween Bubbles
Bubbles are traditionally a summertime activity, but who says you can’t bring it around town on October 31st? You can find bottles of bubbles emblazoned with the likeness of Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, ghosts, and ghouls at most department or party stores this time of year. They’re inexpensive and tons of fun, so why not?
6. Play Dough
Kids are artistic by nature, and the king of molding clays is play dough. Whether you opt for a variety of bright and beautiful shades or you stick with Halloween colors, kids will get hours of entertainment long after the holiday has come and gone.
5. Temporary Tattoos
Personally, I loved press-on tattoos as a kid, especially when I got to show them off at school the next day. Temporary tattoos are a fun and safe way for little ones to express themselves, and they’re easy to wash off! You can get halloween-themed temporary tattoos just about anywhere.
4. Halloween Activity Pads
Many treats are gone in just a few days, but a Halloween themed activity pad that includes fun puzzles like mazes, word scrambles, crosswords, and coloring pages, can keep kids busy and entertained for weeks on end. Consider giving out a small box of crayons with each book if you can.
3. Halloween-Themed Arts and Crafts
In the same vein as the activity pad, there are many fun and easy kid-friendly craft kits available for the Halloween season. A few fun activities include pumpkin carving and decorating kits and spooky stamp pads.
2. Halloween Stickers
Stickers of all kinds are a tried and true method of keeping children entertained. You can get multiple sheets containing hundreds of Halloween-themed stickers for hardly any money, so hand out some cute stickers this Halloween and watch the kids’ faces light up!
1. Various Halloween-Themed Toys
There exist a plethora of unique and interesting Halloween-themed toys like yo-yos, rubber ducks, bouncy balls, finger puppets, and more if you know where to look. These types of toys are great for kids because they are unique and collectable.
You see? There all tons of non-candy treats you can give away this Halloween. These options all have the potential to keep kids entertained and save their teeth from damage. At Cirocco Dental, we only want the best for you. Check us out for your next dental appointment!