Tricks to Make it a Treat
The Country Marketplace General Store
you are like me, you don�t want little ghosties and goblins,
door to door visits to turn into a visit by the tooth fairy!
Or worse, a visit to the emergency room of your local
Here are some healthier alternatives to giving out candy, and
some tips for being safe on Halloween night. Use your
imaginations and I am sure that you can come up with tons
Apples & Oranges
Fruit Snack Packets
Children�s Flavored Lip Balms
Store Brand Juice Drinks (Less Expensive that Name Brand)
Plastic Cups (Character cups from Wal-Mart with Jack-o-lantern
Faces, Bat Faces, etc. are 5/$1)
Small Fun Pads (With coloring pages & puzzles)
Scour the local dollar stores and the clearance bins at
Wal-Mart and K-Mart and you can find some very good deals. One
year I gave away small storybooks that I had gotten from a
Wal-Mart sale bin for 10 cents each. They were The Ugly
Duckling, The 3 Bears, and some other titles. (Give these to
the younger kids and save the pencils and temporary tattoos
for older kids.)
Whatever you do decide to give out, make sure that it is
pre-packaged, tightly wrapped and safety sealed, (with the
exception of fruit of course!) Gone are the days when you
could find a couple of popcorn balls in your bag when you
dumped out your loot on the living room floor!
Stay in neighborhoods that you are familiar with! Visit the
home of relatives, church members and friends! Many stores and
malls give out candy as well, so those are also a safe bet!
Many Churches have alternative parties on Halloween Night.
Most will advertise ahead of time, so be on the look out for
those. They are a safer alternative to more �traditional�
Carry a flashlight at all times!
Use face paint rather than masks. (Masks can be difficult to
If your child has a dark-colored costume, using some
glow-in-the-dark paint, spray stripes on the back and front of
the costume. It will be invisible in the light, but glow
brightly outside in the dark! You may also use white or
Drive slowly down city streets! Small children DO NOT look
Discourage older kids playing pranks, �egging� houses and
cars, and DO NOT buy them silly string! It is flammable and
almost impossible to remove once it has been sprayed! Entire
towns have outlawed it due to the damage it can cause!
After the fun, dump the candy and inspect each piece for signs
of tampering. Throw away any loose candy, badly wrapped candy
or anything that looks suspicious. Check fruit carefully for
any suspicious marks. Cut it up and check for any type of
discoloration or unusual odors. Wash and peel it when you can.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
Traxel is a stay at home mom and the owner of The Country
Marketplace Web Mall and General Store
You may email her at