Every year at about this time I start keeping my eye out for alternatives to give our neighborhood trick-or-treaters instead of candy. I’m not opposed to candy, but since most kids are going to end up with more than enough, I figure I could just as well spend that money on something unique. In the past that’s meant items like mini play doh (Costco), party bubbles (Target), and last year’s pack of miniature crayons (Michaels). This year I just placed an order on Amazon for LED Finger Lights. I’ve purchased them before on a flash deal. They’re pretty fun. Besides using them for these Valentine cards earlier this year, we’ve taken them camping and on trips, but even recently I’ve seen the kids playing with them around the house. This time I paid $11.99 (free shipping with Prime) for 80, making them less than 15¢ a piece. This is fairly comparative for what I would pay for certain snack-size candy bars anyway.
While I was looking around I spotted other possibilities for fun and/or useful alternatives. Here are some of my favorites (all free shipping with Prime), but be sure to check out your local dollar, party, and toy stores if you don’t want to buy online (or see my previous Cheap Halloween Alternatives post for more ideas).
Foam Glider Assortment 12¢ each (Pack of 72) for $8.65. I almost decided to do these, they look so neat. Maybe next year!
Neon Zoo Animal Pencil Top Erasers 4¢ each (144 pc) for $6.17.
Glow-In-The-Dark Bouncing Balls 9¢ each (144 pc) for $13.45.
Nylon Friendship Rope Bracelets 7¢ each (72) for $5.25
Mini Insect Erasers 4¢ each (144pc) for $5.52
Colorful Rhinestone Rings 8¢ each (72pc) for $5.85
Vinyl Paratroopers Assortment 12¢ each (72pc) for $8.99