It is October 1st, so here we go. This is the month we have all been waiting for.
So, what do you have in your arsenal to keep your ToTers happy?
Personally, I would love to give out chocolate. I firmly believe chocolate is the best treat. However, my wallet has a different value system.
I go for sheer amount of candy vs deliciousness, since we get well over 1000 ToTs each year. We get more every year, and last year almost ran out of candy due to even more trick or treaters than we planned for. It is a double edged sword! I want to stay out in my haunt the full 3 hours our community allows for trick or treating. Going inside and leaving kids without a treat would break my heart. At the end of each halloween night we are the only house on our block still lit up and giving out treats, so we want to continue that tradition.
I shop online as we live extremely rural and have one option: Walmart. So all items have been purchased online at walmart, with free shipping added in.
So here what we have so far:
3 cans of neon bracelets - 100 each can, for 299 total. (These were leftover from last year and still work when you break 'em. I tested, so have 299 instead of 300.)
12 Wonka Fun Dip candy with 40 pkgs each, 480 total. (These were very very popular last year.)
4 10.2 oz packages of soft n chewy Sour Patch Kids. I am going to guesstimate 20 in each, for a 80 total ( My kids love these)
6 Dubble Bubble Assorted Gumballs, with 100 gumball per package, 600 total
6 Spangler Dum Dum, @ 300 dum dums each, 1800 total
4 Tootsie Roll, @400 ea, for 1600 total
Because I had the 3 cans of bracelets left over from last year and they are still working when you break them open, I have spent less than $155.00 for the above candy, including tax and shipping. I will get a few more bags of candy on Oct 31st during my annual last minute trip to walmart.
I feel I have enough to grab a handful and throw in a kid's bag. We did a cost analysis of chocolate, and the 425 count bags of chocolate @walmart would have cost over $250-$350 for the candy amounts we needed. While I would love to spend that, we just cannot.
I know some of you here spend that and more, and that is awesome.
So, I'd love to know what you have for your ToTs! And I hope this doesn't come off as a judgemental, weird post about money, candy costs, or trying to be one uppy. I feel sad I can't give out really "good" candy, but think that any treat is wonderful, too!
If you have time list what you got, where you got it, etc. Maybe we can help each other out with tips and tricks!
Also, another poster here got me thinking: It is a Friday halloween this year- does this mean more ToTs? I haven't been haunting long enough to experience a Friday or weekend Halloween. Do you get more kids because it is a weekend? It would make sense that there would be even more kids out on a weekend.