I went to buy Halloween candy and found that it had gone up in price AGAIN this year! Nearly $20 a bag knowing I will need to buy two bags! Crazy! I wanted to boycott the whole holiday, but my husband is the level headed one around here and reminded me that it will all be okay.
So, how do you participate in the Halloween festivities without breaking the bank? There has to be an alternative to the huge bags of tootsie rolls (that no one likes) to save your money at Halloween time. I looked into buying bulk items from places like Oriental Trading Company. My kids get a bunch of that stuff as prizes from school though, and most of it ends up in the garbage the same day because it IS so cheap. Glow sticks were too expensive…
What about just giving kids money? I asked my kids. What would you rather get trick or treating? Candy or money? Some instantly replied ‘money!’ while others had to think long and hard about that!
So, we’re going to try it! I’m going to have two bowls this year. One bowl of money and one bowl of candy. Kids that trick or treat at our house are going to have to choose. Which ever runs out first is what we will stick with for next year. Even if it’s candy…Lest you think we will have a big bowl of money where kids can just take a handful, I have devised a clever plan. The word “BOO” formatted just right has two perfect spots for pennies. Trick or treating is supposed to be for little kids anyway, so I figure pennies are perfect for them.
Here’s the printable I made perfect for sticking a penny on with some double-sided tape!
Guess what? This is also Teal pumpkin friendly. Two birds, one stone!
UPDATE: The experiment had really interesting results. Older and younger kids all chose candy, but the kids ranging from 5-9 almost always took the pennies. I had one older kid come back and trade me some peanut candies for pennies since he has allergies. The candy did run out first, but only by about 15 pieces. All in all, I think we will continue to do both a treat and the money each year. People seemed to really enjoy it.
What do you give on Halloween besides candy?