Although this is a travel blog, we also like to write about the holidays in general, and we can’t ignore Halloween! It’s that time of year again, when goblins and ghosts take to the streets and demand treats from the neighborhoods. Some people take Halloween very seriously, and their house will look amazing, but may totally skimp on the treats. If you’re not sure what to give away this year, here are some suggestions that might make you the most popular house on the block.
The 5 Best Halloween Treats to Give Out This Year
- Candy (Obviously)
There are a million different ways to go about this. If you’re going to do candy, you don’t really need a “go big or go home” attitude. There’s nothing wrong with small portions of high quality candy, but moderation is key. If you want to go large portions of low end stuff, be sure to package it in one of those paper “trick or treat” bags for the ultimate deception. By the time the kids get home, they won’t remember where they got it from, and they will learn a valuable lesson in trolling when they find all the raisins and candy corn you left at the bottom of the bag.
Although it would be pretty great, most people can’t afford to give away Transformers or My Little Ponies (is that still a thing?). Halloween is a great excuse to give out little toys that will drive parents crazy, but the kids will love. Noise makers, like the kind that has a whistle and whirs like an engine are always a treat, as are kazoos, clappers, and party horns. If you don’t want to go the noisy route, and want to get a little more creative, make a bag filled with some candy, but throw in some green army men for boys and those little plastic animals for girls.
Do kids still enjoy stationary? Most of the people in the office here agree that getting a box of crayons, a little notebook, some stencils, and some sweet erasers was the bomb when we were kids. Little puzzle books with number and word games fit into this category. Even if they’re a little cheesy, to the kids they will seem all the more awesome getting them on Halloween.
- Glow Sticks
While the glow stick has become the international symbol for teenage ravers, let us not forget, that like most things those ravers play with, they are essentially meant for kids. No one will ever appreciate a glow stick as much as a child. Seriously, have you ever seen a kid see a glow stick for the first time? They love them more than teenagers love dubstep. Sure, it may seem a little wasteful giving out something that’s made of plastic that will be tossed in the trash the next morning, but for the night, you will be the coolest house on the block. Plus glow sticks are like 10 for $1 so you really can’t go wrong.
Maybe you don’t read, but most kids do. Hit up some yard sales and stock up. You can usually find children’s books for 10-25 cents, and parents will appreciate it. Use your better judgement, or better yet, set up a book store, and make the kids donate candy for books! Kids love transactions. If you’re going to give away books, please no bibles, text books, romance novels, or anything else inappropriate for children, unless you want to feel the wrath of 10,000 eggs!
- Hot Chocolate (For Kids)
In many locations it’s cold out there! Kids love this drink. It’s a proven fact that can not be debated by science.
- Hot Spiced Apple Cider (For Adults)
This one is for parents only. You know what makes walking around in the cold with a bunch of kids high on sugar better? A nice hot apple cider. You know what makes the cider better? Rum! Make sure that this one is only given to parents on foot.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever received while trick or treating?