06 October 2009

Dump unused goody bag toys into the Halloween candy bowl

Abbe's found a way to unload goody bag "treasures":

We always have a few random things in odd quantities leftover after our daughter's birthday party - the bouncy balls came in packs of 24, the markers were in a 16-pack, we thought we might have 9 kids but only 6 came, we entirely forgot to give out the goodie bags except to one or two kids we saw the next day, etc. Last year, I happened upon the leftover goodie bag stuff while putting the candy into a bowl for trick or treaters - so I just dumped all the markers and bouncy balls and stickers in with the candy. Kids actually chose this stuff preferentially over the Reeses'!

This hack helps more if your child's birthday party is coming up in the next few weeks, or you are a very well-prepared packrat who saves this kind of stuff *and* can still find it at the right time.

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Great idea.

Another Halloween treat kids love (if you don't get huge numbers of trick-or-treaters):

We stop at the Hostess outlet store and buy a few boxes of Hostess treats (Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Ho-Hos, you know) and hand those out.

We've been doing it for a few years now, and the kids now call us "the Hostess House".

They're not the healthiest treats, but it's Halloween! And something about seeing those kids' eyes light up when they see the BIG treats in the bowl really warms my heart.

Love this one! If you don't have the trinkets handy, send kids scavenging through the house for them. Mine filled up a giant shopping bag this way (gave them to their aunt, who's a teacher and uses them for her treasure box).

I bought a ton of boxes of 24 crayons last year at $0.01 per and put those in with the candy bars. At the end of the night, I had plenty of candy bars and no crayons left. Given a choice, very few kids picked candy.

Interesting, no?

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