Fill Your Trick-or-Treat Bowl for Less

Halloween treats for trick-or-treaters can be expensive. Read on for several ideas to fill your candy bowl for less.

Halloween toys
Kids receive a ton of candy at Halloween, so opt for something a bit different and save. Halloween-themed pencils, rings and trinkets are often much cheaper than candy. One year I purchased a bunch of plastic bugs at a yard sale and used those in place of candy. Kids loved them.

Rebates
Many manufacturers and stores offer rebates on candy around Halloween. Do your research, and you're sure to find several offers that help to reduce the cost of your purchase. To maximize savings, look for coupons that you can use on the same products.

Homemade treats
If you live in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other, consider making your own treats. Make a few batches of cookies, popcorn balls or another type of sweet, and you're sure to spend considerably less than you would on candy.

School or art supplies
The back-to-school season sparks unbelievable prices on school supplies, so why not take advantage of the offerings? Load up on inexpensive boxes of crayons, pencil toppers, notepads and other fun items, then surprise trick-or-treaters with something a bit out of the ordinary.

Glow-in-the-dark stickers
Increase the visibility of trick-or-treaters by handing out glow-in-the-dark stickers or accessories. Kids will love the stickers for their fun factor, and parents will love them for their safety appeal.

Slime
Mix up a batch of homemade slime in your kitchen, and then dispense a small bag or container to each child. Just be sure to include the recipe on the bag-the little ghouls and goblins are sure to want more.

Healthy treats
Small boxes of raisins and other individually packaged snacks are a great alternative to candy and often cost considerably less. Head to your grocery store with coupons in hand, and you're sure to come away with a bargain.

Whistles
If you're looking for another safety-themed item, consider giving out inexpensive, plastic whistles. These can be purchased in bulk for a very minimal price.

Give one or more of these Halloween treats a try, and you're guaranteed to have all of the Halloween fun for half the price-maybe even less.

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