All in the Alternatives — By Guest Mom Kristy Glass

October 28, 2009


Haunted house image here.

My Dad is a dentist, so when we gathered our treats for Halloween to give away to the neighborhood kids, not only did we have the sweets, we also gave out toothbrushes with my Dad’s business address and phone number. A tiny part of me thought it was lame that my Dad did this, but most of me thought it was a pretty great idea. I had never gotten a toothbrush on Halloween before, I thought it was original.

When we got home, we would sort through our findings, trade with our siblings, your favorite for mine….until everyone was super satisfied. My faves: Kit Kats, Peanut M & Ms, Snickers and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Those are still my faves, but I developed a peanut allergy after I finished my pregnancy with my second child, so now I am just mad when I see all of my faves in my kids pumpkins.

This year my daughter’s school is sponsoring Healthy Halloween. Without knowing all the details, I have been thinking about alternatives to sugar treats, and junky plasticky stuff. Ideas….GO!:

-MEMORY game-using classmates photos or halloween images on back of cards
-Slap bracelets (they’re back!) I’ve spotted them at Oriental Trading Co. and Claire’s Accessories

-Homemade Halloween Bookmarks

-Homemade Necklaces
-Instruments…we have a beloved maraca made out of a witches head.

-My favorite idea (probably for a small group of children as opposed to handing it out to the neighborhood):
Halloween Music CD

My fave halloween tracks:

Justin Roberts:
Maybe the Monster (Meltdown!)

Thought it was a Monster (Yellowbus)

Harry Connick, Jr. Songs I Heard Album:
Spoonful of Sugar, Jitterbug, Land of Oz, Candy Man

Oingo Boingo:
Who do you want to be?

Weird Science

When the Lights Go Out

Barbra Streisand:
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

Ding-Dong, the witch is dead

Laurie Berkner:
Chock-o-lot in my Pock-o-lot

What are your favorite candy alternatives?

Find more from Kristy at her blog Glass Posse.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel H October 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Great posts Kristy!Your creativity on Halloweeny things is unparalelled! I have always wanted a really FUN haloween soundtrack…I need to copy this and sit down and get them off itunes or something. I'm really lazy this year, but I loved seeing all your ideas.

And I TOTALLY agree that makeup can make it or break it!! I love the cool makeup you do.

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2 Almamater October 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

We've done: little raisin boxes, little bags of nuts or pretzels (pre-packaged, of course), glo-sticks-which they sell at our craft store (JoAnns) in canisters of ten? for a dollar and little play-dough tubs in Halloween colors–I get these on sale at Kohl's dept. store, I think a bag of twenty for $2.50–saw this at Target for a lot more.

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3 Adrienne October 29, 2009 at 2:57 am

We love that Justin Roberts song, Maybe the Monster…it's been on repeat this week. The other fun Halloween one we have been loving is by The Besties, called "Zombie Song." My kids and I love it equally. Also you can't forget "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow, but maybe that was a gimmie. Fun post, thanks!

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4 Kage October 29, 2009 at 5:42 am

Almamater-love the glowsticks and playdo idea…are the raisin boxes also wrapped in plastic? If I got that at someone's door NOT wrapped in plastic, I might not let my kids eat it…but if it was in a church or classroom situation, I would feel fine.

Adrienne, I got addicted to Justin Roberts when I heard MELTDOWN on XM kids radio:

"Mommy's having a meltdown….." love him. I was NOT aware of Zombie or Candy song, thanks for adding to MY playlist this year.

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5 Amy October 29, 2009 at 8:22 am

I have a toy store near me that is similar to Oriental Trading where you can buy little trinkets and toys by the gross. I like to give out little tatoos, spider rings, games and other trinkets instead of candy. I remember those being more exciting anyway because EVERYONE else gives out candy.

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6 Amberly October 29, 2009 at 10:14 am

I like to give out glow bracelets. It's super popular and I love watching all the kids walk away with glowing wrists.

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7 Elizabeth October 29, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I just found bendy straws at Dollar General tonight. My daughter is psyched, so hopefully her 4-year old preschool friends are, too!

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8 KJ October 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm

fun pencils or erasers, mini play-dohs, mini bags of teddy grahams

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9 Kage October 30, 2009 at 8:31 am

Our first Halloween party (of 5) was last night. We acquired mini-bags of pretzels and pirates booty and fruit snacks. I liked that too! And it canceled out the FULL SIZE wonka bars!

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