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Halloween Gift Ideas

October 31st
 
Traditions

Halloween involves bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins and a pillowcase full of candy after a night of "trick or treat". Today it is with a sense of fun and perhaps a bit of mischief that children-and adults-wear Halloween costumes and attend parties. The tradition of wearing costumes at this time of year dates back to the Middle Ages, when frightening masks were thought to ward off evil spirits on the evening before All Saint's Day or Hallows' Day. These days, ghoul- and witch-themed costumes are just the beginning. From the opportunity to dress like a movie star, superhero or a glittering princess with a sparkling wand - Halloween costumes are as varied as the ideas conjured in the imagination.

 
Gift Ideas

With candy readily abundant, you may be looking for alternatives to the ubiquitous treat.

  • Glow-in-the-dark yo-yo
  • Pencil with bubble wand
  • Halloween-themed barrettes for girls
  • Crayons
  • Trading cards
  • Seasonal stickers
  • Magic tricks: disappearing ink, magic string
  • Harmonica
  • Plastic fun flute
  • Super ball
  • Frightful finger puppets
  • Funny face glasses
  • Foam plane with shooter
  • Other small toys or games
Gift Certificate Ideas
  • Need a housewarming gift with a Halloween theme? New homeowners will find candleholders, linens and more at Crate and Barrel.
  • AT&T PrePaid Card certificates make an extra special treat!
  • A certificate for GameWorks will be enjoyed when the candy's all gone.
  • Pick up some spooky movies from Blockbuster.
Frequently Asked Questions

My son is diabetic so he needs to be careful with candy. I don't want him to feel deprived on Halloween. Any ideas of fun things we can pass out to trick-or-treaters?
Small toys or gift certificates are popular when you're looking for something to replace candy.

Each year I try to come up with creative ideas for dressing up. This year I am really stumped. Can you help me out or let me know where to turn to for advice?
Sometimes the best way to get ideas is not by going to a costume store like some people may think. Often times the most popular costumes are the 'up-to-the-minute disguises' that reflect what's current in the news. That's what's so great about our country; you can dress up like the President himself or a movie star in a current flick. Open the newspaper or a magazine. Become a soldier, a fire fighter or a dog walker (classifieds can contribute too). That should get the creative juices flowing.

 
 
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