When I was a little kid, the only people that didn’t you some sort of edible treat was a dentist or a teacher.
You could usually tell those houses because you got a pencil or a toothbrush.
But now with food allergies, safety issues & rising costs of the GOOD stuff it can be challenging to still be a house of fun. As the mom with one kid coming out of orthodontic treatment as one goes in, I treat their teeth a tad more carefully. Happily, with Invisalign, Nathaniel has never let it slow his chewy, gooey intake one bit.
I made some calls and found some neat alternatives to the traditional candy haul. Don’t get me wrong. Candy is good. Actually it’s GREAT.
I, like most parents, do the safety check of all the Twizzlers to make sure they’re ok.
This is also the digital age. When we the parents need a little push to get out and go do sometimes. These treats are a gift for the kid in us all.
Now, some places were offering specials on Halloween and some needed the concept explained. There were some I even offered to print up a coupon they could sell to parents to give as treats year round and the owners liked that it encouraged repeat business.
- Bowling games – a local bowling alley was offering a free game on their ticket, you got 40 ticket for $10
- Roller skating – you could give skating and rental, these were $.50 each
- $1 theatre – if your area has a $1 theatre (like ours does and our last two areas) we find really good deals there, they were giving away free movie night tickets FOR FREE (I guess they make their money on popcorn like everywhere else)
- Projects – you can often find these at places like Home Depot for free, simple things they can make with help (or not if they’re older)
There’s just a few ideas of ways to keep the kids coming down from the sugar highs.
Good luck! Call me if you need help with those Kit Kats too. I’ve heard they’re very dangerous this year.
Also read fellow MAB and friend Trisha’s post for tons of ideas.
While I am paid for my time, my opinion is my own and is never for sale.
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I’m a member of the Mom’s Advisory Board, and my son received complimentary Invisalign treatment.