I am looking for some fun and interesting ideas for Halloween party goodie bags for a bunch of five year olds. We have candy and stickers, but we'd like to include something a little more exciting than the norm.
The expert answers:
I would suggest you give each child one big thing instead of bunch of little toys that will end up in the the junk drawer the next day.
Giving away hats or wigs is one idea -- after all, every kid needs an extra pretend and play activity prop. www.orientaltrading.com has very reasonably priced hats or wigs you can order. Also at www.lillianvernon.com, you can find very cute flashlights -- cat, bat and pumpkin shape that make Halloween sounds. Flashlights are always handy for trick or treating. The same company offers free personalization on trick or treat baskets, which are very good quality and they come in many different designs.
One year we gave away inflatable happy face monster beach balls and toy spiders, which the kids loved.
You can also consider putting together a craft activity where kids can create their own party gift. Get a mid-size pumpkin for each child. You will also need a variety of Halloween candy and Royal icing. This is similar to making gingerbread houses. Kids use the icing as a glue to stick candies on their pumpkin. Once they design their pumpkins, you can put the pumpkins in large cake boxes and write their names on the box for them to take home.
The other Halloween craft, a favorite of mine, is to make your own costume. www.discountschoolsupply.com sells paper tunics you can order so kids can create their own costumes. Kids love to be in charge of their own costume design, and it makes a one-of-a-kind party favor.
More on Halloween