Inside: Wish you could spread kindness on Halloween to trick or treaters that come to your door? You’ll love these Halloween Kindness Cards you can pass out to trick or treaters with your candy.
Starting in September when the stores fill the aisles with Halloween candy, my kids have one thing their mind: Halloween candy.
They talk about their favorite kind of candy, what they hope they’ll get the most of, and how Halloween is the best holiday (until it’s Christmas season).
And then they ask me their most pressing question: What are we passing out to trick or treaters?
Which is tricky.
Because we can’t pass out my favorite candy or it’ll be gone before the 31st.
We definitely can’t pass out candy my hubby likes or it’ll be gone even sooner.
And we don’t pass out candy with nuts because my son has a severe nut allergy.
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So while we do still pass out candy, we also participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project and pass out non-food items for kids with food allergies, food sensitivities and for kids who can’t eat candy for any reason.
But this year, we’re doing something a little different.
A little something to increase the kindness in our neighborhood on October 31st.
When trick or treaters come to our door this Halloween, we’re also passing out kindness.
Because it’s a simple, gesture that takes seconds, but can improve a kid’s night.
Why spreading kindness is so important
Raising our kids to be kind is essential to helping them be the best versions of themselves.
Encouraging our kids to be kind is so important to us, we made it one of our only two family rules.
We talk about kindness with these 60 Kindness Discussion Cards and we model kindness with this Kindness Scavenger Hunt.
We read books about kindness and books about accepting and embracing other people’s differences, like these:
And we encourage random acts of kindness that are both big and small.
We teach our kids to be kind because kindness is contagious.
When our kids are kind and when we are kind, it encourages other people to also act with kindness.
But more importantly, being kind makes us feel happier.
When we help someone or make their day better without expecting anything in return our bodies release serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin… all feel good “drugs.”
Spreading kindness feels good.
But sometimes our kids need help finding ways to spread kindness.
And this Halloween, we’re making Halloween crafts and spreading Boo Buckets and You’ve Been Boozed buckets for my friends, but we’re also spreading kindness to every kid that comes to our door asking for candy.
Because Halloween is for Everyone.
How to use the Halloween Kindness Cards
This Halloween, as we prepare for trick or treaters, our pumpkins will be carved into jack o lanterns, our teal pumpkin will be out, and our buckets of treats will be ready.
We’ll have a bucket of candy, (that I don’t want to eat).
We’ll have a bucket of finger bubbles and spider rings and pumpkin tattoos for kids who need a non-food treat.
And we’ll have these Halloween Kindness Cards.
Here’s how we use these Trick or Treater Kindness Notes:
1. Download and print the Halloween Kindness Cards (download them below)
2. Have your kiddos help you cut them out
3. As trick or treaters come to your door, pass out the candy and the non-food treats but also slip a note into their treat bag or pillowcase.
When they get home, they’ll dump their loot on the floor and go through it.
And somewhere, buried in the heap of sugar between the lollipops and the chocolate bars, the witches and princess and superheros with smeared make up will find the note you or your kids passed them.
And while our kids won’t get to see the smiles or their reactions, they will know they did good and spread kindness to other kids.
And for my kids who get more than half their candy taken away for safety reasons, a kind note would have taken the sting out.
For my son who has to cut his trick or treating short some years, a note like this would have made him smile.
Because a kind note, a note intended to brighten someone else’s day or Halloween night is way sweeter than candy.
Even your favorite kind of candy.
Download the Halloween Kindness Notes here!
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