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Non-Candy Halloween Treats – Glow Stick Pumpkins

Parents brace yourselves. Halloween is in four weeks. If you haven’t already bought your kids costume, it’s going to be gone by the time you finish reading this. I’m kidding. Sort of. It’s like the winter boot phenomenon where if you go to buy winter boots in actual winter, there won’t be any left at the stores.

Now I can’t help you with the costumes unless your kids want to be the Evil Queen or characters from Alice in Wonderland but I can help your kids teachers by not sending the kids in their class – that would be your kids – with extra sugar for them to ingest. Especially if you’re in Kindergarten, which my younger daughter now is (I am in total denial of this by the way). I thought how would would a class of almost 30 three and four year olds behave after eating their Halloween candy brought in by their classmates all at the same time?


So she’s getting the candy free option this year and her older sister will be getting the ones that do have sugar (though you can make it candy free but I’ll get to that then).

Last year I did Glow Stick Brooms.

This year I did Glow Stick Pumpkins.

Because you can never go wrong with kids and glow sticks. Ever. It’s like a balloon. You can buy them the $300 limited edition toy and the damn balloon that’s being used as party decor will be what they want to play with.

These are mini foam pumpkin shapes that I picked up at Dollarama.

foam pumpkin shapes

These are glow stick necklaces that I also picked up at Dollarama.

glow stick necklaces

This is what I did with them.

I attached the glow stick to the back of the pumpkin with washi tape. Then I took the necklace lace and tied it around the top.

The easiest and fastest way to this, is to fold the lace in half, then loop it through as seen below. Afterwards you take each individual lace strand and wrap one in one direction around the tip and the other lace in the opposite direction. Then tie a bow.

Making glow stick pumpkins

The back of the glow stick pumpkin

Making lots of glow stick pumpkins

Get it?

The glow stick is the “Pumpkin Stem”.

If you’d like, get another pumpkin shape and use it to cover the glow stick side to make the pumpkin whole.

Glow Stick Pumpkins - Non-Candy Halloween Treat - northstory

Non-Candy Halloween Treat Glow Stick Pumpkins - northstory

It’s about time I got the Halloween crafts going on here. In blogland, I am months behind. There are people who are done their Christmas posts already.

In real life non-Pinterest parenthood however, this can be done the day before Halloween all from supplies you can buy at the store.

But go get your costumes as soon as you’re done reading this post.

DIY Glow Stick Pumpkins - a candy free alternative treat for Halloween by northstory

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