2. Halloween-themed pencils. What is it that fascinates kids so much with pencils? Halloween-themed pencils are a fun gift. Pair one with a mini sharpener or even a little notepad.
3. 100-calorie packs of cookies. We know that it's all about portion control. These 100-calorie packs come in a variety of flavors to keep the ghouls at bay.
4. Sugar-free gum. Not all treats have to be noncandy. Kids always love gum, so try looking for packets of sugar-free gum. It's a chance to give them a treat without the sugar.
5. Spider rings. These are Halloween classics, and they come in so many more colors than just black. Little kids will get a kick out of anything remotely creepy.
6. Vampire teeth. What kid doesn't like to feel like he's the Prince of Darkness for one night? This is something a tyke can put in his mouth on Halloween that won't give him a cavity.
7. Glow necklace. Or glow bracelets. These can be found in a variety of colors. Kids, like moths, are attracted to anything that glows. This treat isn't only fun, it's also another way to keep kids safe on a dark night of trick-or-treating.
8. Toothbrush. After a night of candy bingeing, the kids are going to need to brush. They might think it's cool if the toothbrush is in some fun color.
Area trick-or-treat schedule
These are the times for trick-or-treating in selected communities.
Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Halfway, in the area between Lincoln and Decker avenues
Friday, Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Martinsburg, W.Va., downtown merchants
Halloween candy buy back
There's one thing kids like better than candy, and that's money.
Valley Dental Associates, 322 E. Antietam St., Suite 103, in Hagerstown, is holding a Halloween candy buy back from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, through Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Susan Hendershot, office manager for Valley Dental Associates, said Drs. Robert Winebrenner, Corey Anolik and Gordan Groisser will pay $1 for every pound of candy brought to the office.
Hendershot said the candy will be donated to the Trick or Treat for the Troops program. This is the first year the Hagerstown office has participated in the program.
The office will collect a maximum of 500 pounds of candy.
- Crystal Schelle