What I also hand out aside from candy are sports cards to the kids. These are usually single cards (not whole packs), but kids don’t seem to mind. I ask them what their favorite sport is and then their favorite player. If I have one, I’ll give it to them, or I’ll let them sift through and pick their own.
And all kinds of cards are popular. From racing cards to WNBA cards, they are all well received, and not once has someone complained I wasn’t offering patch cards or autographed cards. I do slip some of those in, and then the kids are really happy.
Most of the kids that come to the door are on the younger side (not above age 11), and I think it’s great to expose them to the hobby. Now that I have been in the area for a few years, kids now come to the door expecting the cards and a few (though not many) share what they have opened on their own.
So give this a try this Halloween. It’s a lot more fun than tossing a Twix mini candy bar in the bag and off they go. With cards, now we’ll have something to talk about when they ride their bikes around the neighborhood while I’m walking the dog.