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Why have in-game treats?
When I’m playing TTRPG’s with my kid, I will often incorporate a little snack into the game. Maybe the game pieces are goldfish crackers or he earns an apple slice at the end of each challenge. This does a few things:
- Adds sensory aspect (tactile + taste) to keep interest
- Introduces real-world incentive to keep focus
- Rewards good behavior
And this can be used in games for any age (even with adults) to great success. Now though… for special holiday games, I’ll try to put an extra treat in there. This is the time to have the not-so-healthy snacks at the special holiday games so they feel like part of the celebration, and here are a few suggestions.
If you have time to wait a bit, there is a kickstarter going on by Crawlspaces and Critters right now for gummy minis! I thought these looked really fun, and I know both my kid and my whole adult D&D table would be all over this. You kill the monster, you get to eat the gummy!
I didn’t see a ton of other options for candy monsters, but I did see these cool candy labels (here and here) that I think could be used to turn mini candy bars and kisses into monsters in your games. They’re little candy labels with cute monsters printed on them!
Monster candy holders
Either as game favors or to use as treat minis (if your map has big squares), I thought these little monsters could also be a cool way to incorporate any kind of snack into your game. They are little creatures crocheted around an open and close egg, so you can hide goodies inside. These could be used for candies or for healthier snacks (blueberries, grapes, goldfish crackers, etc).
Now, first off, if your kids are young and won’t be able to tell the difference between real dice and candy dice, it is probably not a good idea to give them candy dice and encourage them to put those in their mouths. Don’t want to instil that idea.
However, if your kids are older, these can be a lot of fun! You can still roll the dice regularly, but then you get to eat them at the end!
Candy Counters has a ton of flavors to choose from, including diabetic friendly options. They have candy dice that you can roll and lollipop versions as well!
If you want some snacks on the side, you can get a TTRPG themed cookie cutter and get baking! I like making themed cookies for parties and holidays, and a lot of the custom cookie cutters will work with either homemade or store bought cookie dough (so it doesn’t HAVE to take a long time to make them).
This one in particular had a lot of good reviews and is a nice standard D20 that can fit with a lot of TTRPG meet-ups.
Ideas from the grocery store
If you prefer to get your treats from the grocery store, they probably won’t have as much TTRPG flair, but they can definitely work. Especially around Halloween, a few ideas I’ve considered for my games that aren’t just 100% candy (or are at least easy to portion control) are:
- Halloween yogurt pretzels
- Pieces of Count Chocula cereal
- Scooby Snacks (either gummies or graham crackers)
- Halloween cookies (like Oreos)
I hope this article helps you add some spooky TTRPG snacks to your Halloween sessions, and have a happy Halloween!
Please let me know in the comments if this article was helpful or if you have other recommendations that I can add to this resource!