Halloween is just around the corner, and time to start planning and thinking of how the night will officially unfold. As I have mentioned in my previous post, I really love this holiday. At least the part of dressing up and being creative. But as in major changes we’ve made this year, this holiday will come with some new major adjustments. These changes I am referring to goes very hand in hand with my new “earthy” side as I shared in this post. You see, starting to go a more natural route with our medicine has really launched our desires to change our eating habits to more natural as well.
In the last few months we have really shifted our eating habits to not buying and especially EATING junk anymore. There is so much garbage in all this processed food out there we decided to not be part of it anymore (well as much as we can control with a little 80/20 variance). But I will definitely have more posts relating to all that later. Because that isn’t why you came here, right?
So to hold our grounds as much as possible on our new lifestyle, we are venturing out in a candy free Halloween. I know it will be inevitable to be exposed to candy (which will be part of 80/20 rule) at parties we attend, but we can at least do OUR part to add one less amount of junk to the mix, and
it might surprise how effective it can be too when it comes to your wallet.
This is a brief view of the stash of goodies we will be handing out this year both at our church party and at our house for any trick or treaters brave enough to venture this candy free way 🙂
To give you a little break down of the costs for this all:
We got most of these items at the dollar store, so that right there will give a good idea right off how much this will cost.
Bag of Army men (which boy or girl too, wouldn’t love these?): $1 per bag
Assorted bag of Spooky toys: $1 per 10-20 toys
Sheet of Spooky stickers (or non spooky you could get a lot more for a $1): $1
Pack of 8 Bubbles (in the wedding section): $1
Pack of Glow Sticks (sometimes Walmart has a good deal on these, depending on the time of year): $1-4
Then as small addition of “sweet tooth” we are doing some boxes of raisin that we made look like Frankenstein: $1.50-2.00 for 6 boxes
Then, our bulk of treats, we are going to make and fill clear plastic gloves with some yummy stove popped organic popcorn (like the picture below, but without the candy corn). I know there might be some towns that won’t allow homemade treats, but just do what you can, it can go a long way!
The gloves are $8.30 for 500 gloves ( and since these are non perishable, you can use these for YEARS of Halloweens!)
So you add all that up and it comes to about $25, more or less on how much you actually buy. Depending on the kind of candy you buy you could easily spend that same amount of money, but the candy will only last you that one Halloween. When you buy the gloves, or any of the non-perishable stuff, anything left over can be used for future Halloween’s which in return becomes cheaper in years to come.
Plus, one fun final note, last year we were slowly starting some eating changes, and did about half candy, half toys, and to be honest, most of the kids we had visit us, LOVED the toys more, and they were long gone before the candy was, these toys can be a fun treat for them much longer than a candy that will loose it’s hype minutes after being consumed.
Hope that you have a delightful Halloween this year!