ASHEVILLE NC – Concerns over food safety and children getting too many calories from sweets are prompting many people to look for non-food items to give out for Halloween. Non-food treats also benefit those of us giving out the treats since we won’t get all those extra calories from finishing off the candy that is left. Here are some tips:
- Plan to get a variety of items in order to have something for all ages.
- Think about items especially for children under three – you don’t want to give them something that could be a choking hazard.
- Promote physical activity with items like bouncy balls, jump ropes, bean bags for hacky sack and plastic or foam fliers.
Here are some other, great non-food treats:
- Glow sticks
- Costume jewelry
- Funny Halloween glasses
- Mini-magnifying glasses
- Tiny decks of cards
- Pencil toppers
- Pencil erasers
- Rub-on or stick on temporary tattoos
- Coins (pennies, dimes, nickels)
- Bottles of bubbles
- Coloring tablets
- Small books
- Trading cards
- Fancy pens
- Plastic bugs or animals
Source: October 3, 2011 Home & Family