Children get so much candy for Halloween it is mind boggling at times. Many parents are looking for alternative trick or treat ideas that do not include candy. One such idea would be to hand out fun Halloween games and activities to the kids. This can be dirt cheap if you use printable games and activities that you download from an eBook or educational website. This article will share how to plan ahead for this, where to find some innovative games and will look at the overall cost.
First of all, if you are going to use an alternative form of treats to hand out, and if you have children at home, you might need to do some convincing to get them to buy into it! Once that is accomplished you need to go online and find a source of printable games and activities. There are free sites you will have no trouble accessing, but you will have to sort through a large number of activities and choose ones that are appropriate, not too silly, not too gory. Looking for fun Halloween games to purchase might be another option as it may be easier to get all your needs in one spot. Be sure that the author of a product like this is or was a classroom teacher. That way you know you are buying something that is tried and true. Once you have these materials, you will have them to use forever, whether as trick or treat handouts, for parties or just to use at home with the family.
There are a variety of fun games and puzzles that will work for your alternate treat campaign. What you choose will depend on how much work want to put into this venture. You could go all out and print out some puzzles, card games, or Halloween dominoes, cut them apart and place the pieces in plastic bags. Other options would be fun Halloween worksheets with word puzzles, riddles or mazes and roll them up and put ribbon around it. For a combination of the two, fuse a Halloween game board and accompanying cards that you cut up. What you do and how involved you get will depend on the number of young visitors that come each year, and possibly the number of extra hands you have at home to help you out!
The cost of this idea will be dirt cheap in the long run. Once you purchase a product or spend the hours necessary online to weed through the free activities, you will have them forever. You will be able to hand out a different game or puzzle each year. When you consider the cost of all that candy you buy, it is easily comparable to the cost of running off these papers somewhere. If anyone in your house has access to a machine a work, it will even be more cost effective! Then is it just the time it takes to cut, or roll and tie a bow.
These are just a few ideas of ways to create an alternative trick or treat experience at your house. Using fun Halloween activities as treats is made so much easier if you can find some quality printable games, puzzles and activities to use. Try it!
Sue Gnagy Fegan used a structured, sequential multisensory teaching approach for the past 34 years. She saw first hand the benefits of engaging students in productive, hands on activities in class. She created and has presented Make it Fun! Make it Challenging! Make it Multisensory! workshop at conferences across the country.