Rethinking the Free Pile: Beads and String.

How I came up with these fun Candy Free Halloween favors.

When I was a kid, Halloween came with strict rituals.

1. Grab the biggest pillowcase you can find, even if it must come straight from mom or dad’s pillow.
2. No matter what, keep up with big brother.
3. Never miss a house.
4. Once done trick-or-treating, commence indoors, dump everything out.
5. Separate into categories.
6. Once all parties are done organizing, move on to ‘tradsies.’
7. Never get bullied into trading your favorite candies.
8. Discard unwanted items. In other words, create a free pile that usually is eaten by dad.
9. Hide your stash.
And finally,
10. Eat everything within a week. (Before big brother finds it).

Number 8 is interesting to me. Because it is this very free pile, this unwanted, undesired, unattractive sort, that I have been pondering through, as to what my child shall receive from us, for Halloween. And then I thought, who am I kidding? Peanuts? Raisins? Apples? (Back when apples were given by normal people and not the evil witch). 

Not going to win anyone over, let alone my toddler. And so I conjured up this:

Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

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I took old glitter containers I had from decorating our pumpkins, peeled off the sticker, painted the caps black and filled them with assorted Halloween colored beads. I then bought some black plastic gimp rope and tied it around each tube. (You can also use test tube containers that you can find here and get a bunch in bulk.)

Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I thought it would be a cute and fun gift for Els, and some for her playmates as well.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

So colorful and fun. Not to mention, great practice for their little fingers.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

And appealing, even if it is essentially – candy-less.

DIY Halloween Bead + String Gifts.

I would like to think, these would NOT have ended up in my discarded, black licorice filled free pile…Right?

DIY Halloween Beads + String Gift.

*Warning: Always supervise small children when playing with beads.

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26 thoughts on “Rethinking the Free Pile: Beads and String.”

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  18. Awesome idea! I’m saving this for next year’s Halloween since I’m guilty of having necklace sets in my craft stash we haven’t used this year.

    I’d love for you to link up your post to my Fabulously Frugal linky; it’s perfect!

    Enjoy your Halloween!

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  20. what a great idea… I’m always looking for non-candy holiday ideas… pinned :o) Thanks for linking up to tasteful Tuesdays… YOU are featured today… head over and check it out… I’ve shared your feature on all my favorite social media and I would love for you to as well!!! thanks! [email protected]

  21. I love this idea. My daughter adores making her own necklaces so I’m thinking this is the perfect favor to pass out to her class on her birthday. Thanks so much.

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