I always look forward to the arrival of Halloween each year – possibly as much as the kids do, but for different reasons. While they enjoy receiving loads of goodies, I relish the smiling faces that come to my door in search of treats on Halloween night. Some people prefer to buy a bag or two of candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters, while others decide to go the goody bag route. I know I’ve personally been on both sides of the road in the past. Here are some pros and cons for each side in this decision.
Pros of Goody Bags:
- Allows you to Get Creative
- Offers an Assortment of Items
- Easy to Please Most Kids With
- Can Provide Healthier/More Useful Items
Cons of Goody Bags:
- Time Consuming to Make (especially if you don’t have a lot of extra time)
- Might be a Bit More Expensive to Create
- Possibility of Disappointment (some kids REALLY want candy)
Pros of Giving Candy:
- Often Cheap (especially when on sale)
- Easy to Distribute Quickly
- No Additional Preparation Needed
- You Get to Enjoy the Leftovers (yum!)
Cons of Giving Candy:
- Not One of the Healthiest Things for Kids
- Serves Only One Purpose (consumption)
- Possibility of Allergic Reaction (nut or wheat allergies)
So…Candy or Goody Bag?
As you probably have noticed, the pros and cons listed above are equal for both sides of the argument. I personally prefer to pass out goody bags, just because I enjoy gathering items and creating something useful to distribute to my little trick-or-treaters. There are so many cool things out there that can go into a goody bag, that won’t cause a guttural groan to emerge from kids as they leave your front porch. If you’ve never assembled a goody bag before, then you might be wondering what to put inside. Here are some ideas of items I’ve used in the past:
- Glow Sticks
- 100% Fruit Juice Snacks
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Small Toys (piñata mixes have a fun assortment)
- Homemade Cookies
- Tiny Rubber Bouncy Balls
I’m sure you can come up with more to add to this list! Many stores offer a selection of goody bags to buy and fill for your little trick-or-treaters or you might try making your own, if you have time. In my prepper pantry, I tend to have not only a few kinds of pre-packaged snacks, but also a pile of small brown paper bags. These handy sacks make great goody bags and can be turned into miniature works of art as well. Your kids can get in on the fun and help decorate the outside of each pre-filled sack or you can make each bag resemble a small pumpkin once it is filled. Whichever route you choose to take – goody bag or candy – I hope you have lots of fun this Halloween!
What do you plan on giving your trick-or-treaters this Halloween?