Low Cost Candy Alternatives

Posted on 10/22/2009

In a few days trick-or-treaters will be pounding on your door, looking for a sugary stockpile of treats to lug home. Supplying your neighborhood’s munchkins with Halloween chocolate can be a costly order to fill. Not to mention the guilt of knowing you’re filling them up with empty calories and possibly contributing to their poor dental health. This Halloween, be known as the crazy one on the block by handing out one of these low cost candy alternatives. And if you're still looking for Halloween decorations or costumes, the Ben's Bargains Halloween Coupons page still has plenty of fangtastic savings!

Pencils - Encourage scholarly activities by stashing these Halloween pencils in trick-or-treaters’ goodie bags. You can get a pack of 12 neon pencils for $1.89 from Amazon. Or buy a dozen in assorted Halloween designs from eCrater.com for $1.50.

Stickers - Kids of all ages love stickers. Pick up a pack of metallic pumpkin and skull Halloween stickers from JoAnn.com. They’re on sale for $1.39. Cut the sheet up into several sections so each trick-or-treater gets a few stickers to take home.

Tattoos - What kid doesn’t love a temporary tattoo? Partypalooza.com sells 72 tattoos for $12.99, or 144 for $19.99. They come in fun, and not-too-scary designs like a black cat, bats, and Frankenstein. The best part is, unlike candy, if you have extra you can just save them for next year.

Toys - Kids won’t miss the chocolate when you pass out a fun Halloween toy. Give them a skull and crossbones bouncing ball to play with. They’re just $5.99 for 48 of them at OrientalTrading.com. Another fun option is the mini sticky hands and feet which are $5.99 for 72 or the Halloween mini yo-yos complete with spiders, bats, ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. Purchase a bag of 48 for $8.99.

Toothpaste - Feeling brave this Halloween? Hand out travel-size toothpaste tubes to all of the ghosts and superheroes that come knocking on your door this October 31. Chances are their parents will be thrilled with your “treat” but the kids may smash your pumpkins in anger. A case of 48 tubes of Colgate is $21.60 at RockBottomDeals.biz. You can feel good knowing you’re helping to fight cavities this Halloween even if it does mean your home gets egged by angry trick-or-treaters.

By Alison Storm

BuyCostumes.com coupons - Coupon code HAUNT65 will cut 10% off orders over $65 through 10/31/2009. Be sure to spook out some other great deals at the UltimateCoupons' Halloween Sale page, too!

Drugstore.com - Today only, 10/22/2009, shipping is free on all Halloween costumes. Plus, check out their Halloween store for deals of up to 30% off!

Walgreens - Regardless of what you hand out to trick-or-treaters, you'll want to take photos of their cute costumes. Coupon code EXTRAFREE will get you an extra 25 4x6 prints free when you order 25 4x6 prints. Expires 10/24/2009.

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Posted on 10.22.09 at 1:33 PM

Seriously? Pencils? Haha how uptight can you be? I liked the toy idea though! It's true candy is pricey and not healthy but it's Halloween! And after the first night the candy consumption goes way down.

Toothpaste? Agh I had a dentist neighbor who did that, it's silly, like parents don't buy their kids toothpaste?? It was OK though because he was a dentist. I also had a neighbor who handed out bible tracts, nothing against religion but- weirdos.

Alison Storm

Posted on 10.28.09 at 7:13 AM

Agreed Emily-- going against the grain on Halloween is definitely not the way to become the cool house on the block! But I'm sure the kids will still get plenty of candy! Thanks for reading!

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