10 Non-Candy Halloween Items Trick-or-Treaters Will Love

non-candy Halloween items trick-or-treaters will love

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is just about here! If you’re like the majority of us, you probably haven’t bought anything yet for the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood. If you want to stand out from the crowd this year, you can always opt to hand out treats that aren’t totally laden with sugar! Here are 10 non-candy options that will make you the most popular house on the block:

Glow Sticks – There’s no doubt that Halloween is a spooky good time, but it can also be dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Why not help protect the children in your neighborhood with glow sticks? Kids of all ages love them, and they’re great at increasing visibility!

Small Spooky Toys – Give something your trick-or-treaters will enjoy long after their candy is gone! Little cars, bendable Halloween characters, yo-yos, small stuffed animals, and Halloween-themed bouncy balls are all winners in kids’ books.

Stickers – Youngsters will love receiving stickers in their Halloween bags! These little festive adhesives are perfect when it comes to decorating coloring pages, notebooks, cards, and just about anything else kids might be working on.

Temporary Tattoos – What’s safe, easy to use, and fun for days? Temporary tattoos! Hand some out this Halloween, and the kids in your neighborhood are sure to be sporting them the next day.

Mini Pumpkins – These small gourds are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Feel free to hand out a real mini pumpkin, which you can find in supermarkets or at your local farmer’s market, and maybe even surprise parents or guardians with a mini pumpkin stress toy.

Snack Bags – If you still want to hand out food but don’t have much time on your hands, packages of individual snack bags will work wonders. Fruit snacks, pretzels, and crackers will all be hits with your trick-or-treaters!

Play Dough – Play dough is fun for kids of all ages. Hand out miniature tubs of play dough in shades of black, orange, or purple. Get in the spirit by dressing the tubs up with little fangs and googly eyes!

Halloween Rubber Duckies – Who can resist a cute rubber ducky? Pretty much no one! Surprise trick-or-treaters with these fun little toys this year. They’re sure to love them!

Pencils, Erasers, and Pencil Toppers – Halloween pencils, pumpkin and ghost erasers, and ghoulish pencil toppers will be a hit with anyone who comes to your door. These fun school supplies will be useful long after the holiday ends!

Drink Packets – Going from house to house all dressed up can be tiring work for little trick-or-treaters. Keep the children in your neighborhood hydrated with miniature bottles of water, or give them something to look forward to after their night out with packets of hot chocolate or other drink packets!

How do you like to celebrate Halloween? Do you enjoy going the traditional route by handing out candy and homemade treats, or do you like surprising your visitors with unique gifts like the ones we mentioned above? Tell us in the comments below!

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6 Important Tasks to Help Prepare Your Garden Now for Spring

fall garden tipsWhen we think about fall, we tend to think of all things cozy and comforting. One of the last things on our minds is getting out and working in the garden. But if you want to enjoy a beautiful, healthy garden next spring and summer, you might want to spruce up your yard a bit before winter arrives.

Here are 6 important tasks you should accomplish in your garden this fall:

Clean Up Flowerbeds – The autumn leaves are certainly a sight to behold, but they can become a nuisance when they start piling up in your flowerbeds. Carve out some time to clean up leaves and other debris from your garden. You can then mulch the leaves and use them as compost to provide next year’s plants with nutrients!

Cut Back Perennials – To promote healthier plants for next spring, grab your clippers and trim back the old dead growth of your perennials like hydrangea and yarrow. Take the dead foliage and dispose of it rather than composting it. Don’t forget to take cuttings now before a frost hits!

Bury Some Bulbs – Fall is the perfect time to plant springtime bulbs like daffodils and tulips. Make sure to plant them 6 to 8 weeks before the first hard frost arrives for a welcomed display of color in the spring. Shrubs and evergreens are perfect for planting in the fall, too!

Bring ‘em Inside – Plants that are sensitive to the weather will want to come inside your home for the winter. Remove dead foliage, break up hardened soil, and inspect for pests before bringing any plants indoors!

Spend Time in the Soil – Go digging in the dirt to find any insects that might be looking for a nice place to take a nap for the winter. If you have issues with Japanese beetles, this is one of the best ways you can reduce their numbers!

Clean Your Garden Tools – Now that you’re done in the yard, it’s time to take care of your tools. Clean, sand, and oil them before you put them away for the year. This will help prevent spreading any diseases in your flowerbed and will keep them nice and sharp for next spring!

Did we miss any important tips? Tell us in the comments below!