First, I should point out, my son is 2 years old. So I can actually get away with the minimal amount of candy this year. Next year might be a different story.
However, I started thinking: What did I love when I was a kid? Was it the candy? Not really. I remember never touching those big chocolate bunnies – I never knew how to tackle them. What I loved was the hunt. The hunt for eggs and then the grand finale: the actual basket. I also loved small toys, stickers, the occasional quarter and “coupons” my parents would make us. Think “get out of dish-duty one night” and “stay up one hour later than normal” kinds of coupons. Those are HUGE for kids.
Some of my son’s eggs for this year:
Look at all the fun stuff he gets: stickers (I highly recommend the dollar aisle at target), a chocolate bunny (I’m not mean, I will give him some candy), a Bakugan (that’s more for me, I’ll go into that sometime in the future), and cool Littlest Pet Shop 6-pack of eggs I found at Safeway – they were half off – I couldn’t help myself. How cute are they?
So if you’re trying to not bury your kids in candy for yet another candy crazy holiday, think about the things that they would get really excited about outside of the candy world. Trust me, they will love it!