Trick-or-Treat Alternatives to Candy
It’s almost time for trick-or-treaters to start ringing your doorbell and asking for candy, but this year you might want to opt for some healthier alternatives. There will be plenty of candy in the neighborhood to go around but the parents will thank you when you hand out these treats that won’t necessarily leave kids with a sugar rush! You can definitely get creative with your Halloween treats and either buy goodies from the store or you can even make them yourself at home (get your kids to help for some fun arts & crafts time!). Here are some ideas for alternative treats on Halloween night:
Purchase a carton of clementines to hand out to trick-or-treaters and draw a jack o’lantern face on them for a cute touch to make them look like pumpkins! This fruit is a sweet treat for little ones and is also a good source of Vitamin C.
You can probably find bookmarks at your local dollar store, or find some print outs online that you can glue to a rectangular-shaped piece of cardboard. Or you can just create these from scratch yourself and have your kids help decorate them with markers, stickers, pipe cleaners, pom-poms and other art supplies.
For this you’ll need some clear latex-free gloves and several bags of popcorn and some candy corn. Place one piece of candy corn into the fingertip of each glove and then stuff the rest with the popcorn. Tie them off with a twist tie and add a spider ring to one finger for the finishing touch.
Kids love to use theme pencils and erasers and this is a treat that they’ll be able to use every day in school and for doing homework. You can find inexpensive pencils at a party store or dollar store.
Kids also love playing with glow sticks and these will definitely come in handy on Halloween to light up the way while trick-or-treating. Grab a variety of glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces from a party store to hand out at your door.
Another thing that kids love are temporary tattoos. They love to decorate themselves with little characters like pumpkins, vampires, and bats. Parents don’t have to worry because they usually fade within a couple of days and can be easily removed.
You can purchase mini containers of Play Dough at a toy store or dollar store in a variety of colors and you know kids will be thrilled when they see these being tossed into their goodie bags!
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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