Many children have food allergies so trick-or-treating can be…well, tricky.
So this year why not skip the candy altogether and make something super fun for the kiddos? This is also a great project if you have children in school who need to bring in goodies for their class.
Last year we made these for my son’s preschool class and on the note at the top, I included a link to this website. Some may see this as shameless promotion but hey! There’s quality stuff here and why not use this as an opportunity to not just share a fun craft, but share more parenting and frugal living ideas.
So without further ado, I present to you…
The Candy-Free Trick-or-Treat Monster Kit
What You’ll Need for the Monster Kit:
Note: Most of the components are linked to the exact products I bought for mine from Amazon. Clicking through to make a purchase may earn me a small commission, but this in no way impacts my recommendation of these products or the cost to you.
Total cost per kit: $.59
- 1oz cans of Play-Doh
- Pom Pom puff balls
- Googly Eyes
- Snack size baggies
- A stapler
- Packing tape
- Label to explain what this kit is (click here to download a free PDF copy of what I used!)
In each baggie, put a can of Play-Doh, 2-4 puff balls, a few googly eyes, and a pipecleaner (you can either fold and put in a whole one, or cut one in half to fit).
Staple the bag shut and then put the label over the staples – this helps people understand what exactly this goodie bag is while also keeping fingers safe from potentially pointy staples.
I then used packing tape to seal the label so that they wouldn’t tear when put in a bag with other trick-or-treat Halloween goodies.
You can even enlist the help your little ones as you assemble these, though I can’t promise they won’t get distracted and start making monsters themselves.
While this may cost a bit more than your usual giant bag of candy, it’s a lot more and the leftovers won’t cause you to put on 5lbs!
And don’t forget to grab your free resources from The Teal Pumpkin Project! The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way for families to let trick-or-treaters know that they have non-food treats available. This is such a kind way to ensure those with food allergies or other conditions are included in the Halloween fun!
What was your favorite thing to get when trick-or-treating?
Comment below and let me know!