By Lynda (crabby) from Kearny NJ
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If you go to Wal-Mart the day after Halloween, packages of Halloween pencils will be half price. I haven't bought them to pass out for Trick or Treat but instead add to little goody bags I make up for my children's classmates.
What I've given out for years on Halloween is small bags of snacks. I can buy the big box of 50 packages at Sam's Club for around $10....they are the Frito Lay brand, so it's the kind of snacks the kids like.
I agree they get a lot of candy/goodies on Halloween but isn't that the fun of it? It's only once a year anyway! I keep my kid's "loot" put up and bring it out and let them only have so much at a time.
We've always had good comments from the trick or treaters about the bags of chips. Usually I buy 2 of those big boxes because I can't be sure how many trick or treaters we'll get. If there's any leftover then our kids will eat them for snack time or in their lunchboxes.
I have also done this for years! I love to see the look of suprise on the kids face when I give them 1 or 2 pencils. They always say "cool a pencil", and also the parents think so too.
I prefer to give (and for my children to receive) stickers, pencils, glow sticks, etc., as well. I agree. They get too much candy. Most of our candy ends up going to their teachers for the treat buckets anyway. While I get tired of "cheap plastic crap", as I affectionately call all the kids' bits and bobs that they gather, it's better than filling them full of sugar.
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