For the most part, we all know that Halloween is about the C-A-N-D-Y, but it can never hurt to have a few options for those kids who don’t have a sweet tooth. I’ll have to admit, that even when I was little, I was always delighted to receive goodies that were not the typical fun-sized chocolate bar. Houses that offered gum, stickers, or the JACKPOT, a whole can of pop, were always my personal favourite.
These days there are also those wee ones who have an array of food allergies that prevent them from enjoying many of the popular teats. As a lactose-intolerant gal, I totes get it. Still, there’s no reason they can’t also have some super fun goodies to score while trick-or-treating, eh?
First Up, Sweet Treats
I was walking through the aisles of the grocery store, looking for something that was nut free and gluten free but still something that would be fun for the kids to get.
I spotted these hilarious “Dinos and Sharks” fruit snacks and they checked a bunch of the must-haves for allergen-sensitive kiddos: no artificial flavor or synthetic colours and they’re gluten free. Oddly enough I’m also kinda pleased that they’re a product of Canada – no idea why though. I got them from a German grocery chain in an American city!
These were $2.99 for 24 packs.
It’s been a few years since my babysitting and swim coaching days so I’m, admittedly, a wee bit removed from kiddie culture. Still, I know it’s a generally safe rule of thumb to go with characters that seem to have recent movies.
Here we’ve got a great mixture of random fun stuff, including:
- Spider-Man magic towel
- Notepad with the chick from Frozen – the one with the ice queen powers
- Basketball iron-on patch
- 3 Trolls pens – opened to make 3 individual treats
- Minions sticker game thing
- A bunch of glowstick bracelets (15) – opened but not pre-snapped
- Gel cling of the less badass sister from Frozen
- Shopkins Gel Cling
- 2 Shopkins erasers – undecided if these should be split up or not
So, here’s the inside scoop: I got all these new-in-package, unopened and unused from…..Goodwill! Bet ya didn’t see that coming!
Some of the thrift stores around Baltimore have a good selection of new, overstock products from stores like Target. This one had a bin of goodies for 57¢ each! It took some digging but I think I have a jackpot of goodies for Halloween!
That makes $5.13 for 25 treats.
Other Inexpensive Non-Sucky Suggestions
- Halloween pencils
- Temporary tattoos
- Sugar-free gum
- Plastic fangs
- Bouncy balls
Of course, I have a bag of fun-sized chocolate for the traditionalists.
What allergy-sensitive treats to suggest for those on a budget?