The other day we looked at edible green Halloween treats. If you don’t want to hand out candy there are some affordable options you can choose from.
A word about baggies. If you go with non-edible Halloween treats, it’s way cheaper to buy in bulk and divvy items up. Some items don’t require baggies, but others will. If you need treat baggies I personally wouldn’t go out of my way to find biodegradable baggies. Not only do biodegradable baggies cost more but there’s a good chance they won’t biodegrade anyhow.
I’d go with something cheap like Halloween Cellophane Baggies (11¢ per bag) or you could look for recycled plastic baggies at your local grocery store. Mainly, I wouldn’t stress about baggies. If you stay clear of plastic bags, plastic wrap, paper towels and other disposables all year round, your footprint is going to be lower than normal anyhow. If you need Halloween treat bags try not to freak.
SAFETY NOTE: Not all non-edibles are appropriate for all ages of kiddos. Use smarts when handing out treats. Also, if you hand out a questionable treat, such as soap or play dough, I’d highly suggest you label the treat baggie so kids don’t attempt to eat the item.
Now about the goodies. It’s tough to find non-edible green Halloween treats for 50¢ or less, but it’s not impossible. Here are some options…
20¢ each – Usually I’m not on board with pencils for Halloween (boring!) BUT I found the most adorable Dr Seuss Lorax Project Pencils the other day. These are recycled and way cuter than most pencils.
25¢ each – Make-A-Jack-O’-Lantern Stickers
50¢ (or less) each – Earth Laughs in Flowers Mini Wildflower Seed Packets or sunflowers.
22¢ each – OUCH! skull & bones bandages
40¢ each – handmade glycerin Pumpkin Patch Halloween Soap.
About 20¢ each – Silly Bandz – silicone rubber band bracelets that come in various shapes including basic, zoo animal, pet animal, dinosaur, sea creature, holiday, alphabet, princess, western and more. These bracelets pop on your wrist then, when taken off, pop back to their original shape.
- 39¢ each – Crayon Rocks
- 45¢ each – Crazy Crayons Eco Stars (100% Recycled Crayons)
- 50¢ each –Recycled Crayon Rings
Under 50¢ each – Mary’s Natural Softdough Tub – Orange – create little balls of dough and place them in a treat bag. If you want to go less expensive, take an hour and make homemade organic play dough or homemade goop instead.
25¢ each – OWLoween Stickers
42¢ each – Halloween Cookie Cutters
31¢ each – GREEN PUMPKIN Halloween Pencil-top Erasers
9¢-18¢ each – Eco-minded Temporary Tattoos
Under 50¢ each – Buy a pack of Iron-on Cool Transfer Paper. Head to Family Fun and print out their Halloween T-shirt Iron-ons onto your transfer paper. Cut iron-ons into single sizes and hand out. It’d be nice to include some directions too – which you can easily type up on the computer. Find directions here (pdf). Really, for more fun, your child could draw a Halloween design, scan that into your computer, and print that out.