These Halloween pencil treats are candy-free, so they make a cute little gift for your child’s class. They are so easy to make that even your small children can help you! Ever since I had a type-1 diabetic student in my class, I try to be more conscious of the sweet treats I send to school. If possible, I try and come up with a candy-free goodie for the kids to share with friends. We made enough to pass out to the girls’ classmates, and had a few extras to add to our Halloween candy dish for the big night!
When I first came up with the idea for this post I was planning on making cute little printable cutouts. But it turned out to be a lot of work both to create the printables and to cut out 30 little Halloween shapes! I found these cute cutouts online, and they work much better for what I need to do. I love that they’re not too spooky for my little cuties!
Halloween Pencil Treats
Halloween-shaped mini cutouts
Single hole punch
Simply punch a hole in the top and bottom of each shape. Depending on how strong your hole punch is, you may be able to punch through several cutouts at one time. Weave a pencil through the two holes. The hole punch may make holes that are too small to get the unsharpened pencils through, so we used a sharp pencil to widen the holes a bit. It’s up to you if you want to sharpen the treat pencils before handing them out. We sharpened the ones we gave to the friends at school. I didn’t want the poor teacher to be bombarded by 24 kids, all wanting their pencil sharpened at once. From experience, I much prefer my class to receive sharpened pencils as gifts for just that reason!
I’ll be honest, we definitely have plenty of candy in the house at this time of year. But it doesn’t hurt to have a fun activity like this that the kids can make and that doesn’t include any sugar! We are out trick or treating as a family on Halloween, so we don’t usually need a lot of candy on hand for passing out to the other kids in the neighborhood. I plan on adding in some of these cutouts with the candy in our candy bowl and seeing which one the kids prefer: candy or pencil. I’ll let you know how it goes!