My sis teaches in a remote, mountain elementary school which makes it difficult for her to find cheap classroom gifts for Halloween and other holidays. To help her with classroom Halloween gift shopping this year, I’ve been tapping into our own local discount stores to turn up cheap gifts that will work.
While Halloween isn’t one of those gift-giving type of holidays (aside from candy), for a classroom party, it’s nice to have some sort of token Halloween gift for the students. Here’s some ideas of cheap gifts that might work for your classroom:
Spooky rings. The Dollar Tree franchise of dollar stores carries packaged spooky rings priced at 50 for $1. These fun little Halloween gifts include spider rings, snake rings, skull rings and other, and are one of the best Halloween classroom gift bargains out there.
Halloween pencils & erasers. In a typical school district, a new themed pencil might not be a big deal. In low income school districts however, we’ve discovered that the students are thrilled to receive pencils decked out in a Halloween theme. All the dollar stores are now carrying Halloween themed pencils packaged at 10 for $1 plus Halloween themed erasers, also 10 for $1.
Stretchy Halloween themed rubber band bracelets. The rage these days in elementary schools and junior high schools are stretchy rubber band bracelets that relax in the shape of an animal or some other image. I’ve seen a few bracelet packages hit the dollar stores recently in the shape of Halloween themed images. These cheap Halloween themed bracelets are priced at 10 for a dollar, and do tend to fly off the shelves in a hurry.
Halloween Party Favors. Fall is the time of year when party supply houses roll out their Halloween themed party goodies which will also work for cheap Halloween classroom gifts. New for 2010 are things like Halloween themed bubble sets (48 for $10), Halloween Pop-Up characters (24 for $3) and Halloween spin tops (144 for $6). Your local party stores should have these items in stock, dollar stores also carry some of these items packaged in smaller quantities. Of course, for the ultimate cheap Halloween party favor resource, check Oriental Trading’s Halloween novelty catalog here.