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Whoa, is it Halloween already?? My, the time goes quickly. Whoa, did you notice you ate all that Halloween candy you bought weeks ago? Every little bit counts, you know. And considering it’s a couple of days before Halloween, you know all that’s left at your local drug store is that candy no child wants: black licorice, circus peanuts, and those orange-and-black wrapped taffy things. Blegh. Unless you’re prepared to clean up eggs and toilet paper off your home and car, you should probably consider another option. We present to you, in no particular order, some offbeat, unexpected gifts for those children in costume practicing a ritual that derived from transients begging for food:
Yes, it’s true: walking blocks upon blocks with increasingly heavy sacks of sweets can make you thirsty. The best thing about juice boxes is that children can drink them during their journey, and there’s no need for parents to triple-check for tampering.
The best thing about stickers is that they last a whole lot longer than a sugar high, and no one gets a headache when they’re done.
I used to love getting these: the saltiness (even from honey-roasted ones) helps break up sugar overload and can prolong a candy binge.
Wait… wait, toothpaste? That’s going back down the egg-and-toilet-paper path again, huh? Okay, scratch that…
Kazoos, clappers, and clackers! Although they all sound like a party at the circus, they’re things all children can’t get enough of. Plus, you can laugh knowing there’s going to be a parent of a kazoo-playing sugared-up kid out there saying, “Who the crap gave these out?!”
Hey, we did say “quirky” things! Like juice boxes, glow sticks can be used immediately and are very Halloween-appropriate.
What’s the weirdest thing you ever got from Halloween trick-or-treating? We love to hear stories!