Have a fall festival, school carnival, of Halloween costume contest coming up? Find 5 gift cards that make perfect Halloween prizes.
When the Halloween candy starts coming through the doors in late September, I’m fairly happy to see it. I love my little bite-sized crunch bars and malt balls. By mid-October, I’m feeling fat. By Halloween, I would rather not see another piece of candy until Christmas. My kids, on the other hand, do not seem to feel the candy corn overload like I do. So while more sugar certainly makes a nice Halloween prize for your fall festival or carnival, I think a gift card would be far less nauseating. Below are five gift cards that make good Halloween prizes.
1. Halloween Visa Gift Card Designs
In addition to the cards shown on our Halloween Gift Ideas page, we have several designs you can select from in our predesign gallery. From jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins, to witches and haunted house images, there is certain to be a ghostly gift card kids will enjoy. Since the Visa gift card can be used wherever Visa is accepted (online, in stores, over the phone), the lucky prize winner will be able to use it to buy something fun, like the new LEGO, Skylanders or Frozen toys. That’s a big win!
BUY IT HERE: Happy Owloween gift card collection with free gift card holders.
2. Custom Halloween Gift Cards
Predesign cards are easy to make, but personalized cards are hot right now. Select between Visa and Mastercard®, then start rummaging through your photo library to find a picture of your little ghost or goblin. If this Halloween prize is for a school-related activity, then get a picture of the teachers in their costumes instead. A gift card with a picture of the school principal dressed up like a witch could definitely be the top prize of the day.
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3. Custom Store eGift Cards
In addition to our “use anywhere” gift cards, we also have the ability to put a Halloween image on an egift card for one of your favorite stores. For kids, I like the idea of adding a picture to a virtual Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card. There are others to choose from, of course, like restaurants and clothing stores. I just think a child would be pretty excited to go make a stuffed animal and mom will appreciate not having to pay for it.
One nice thing about using egift cards for carnival prizes is that you do not have to order the cards before the festivities which can sometimes create a security concern. Instead, hold the carnival and announce the names of the big prize winners. Then order the egift cards to be delivered to the recipients via email. Having the ability to order the exact number of Halloween prizes needed, means you can add a few more prizes if something happens (like a tie!) or you can trim the number of prizes as well.
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4. Happy Treats (No Tricks!) Gift Cards
Try one of the new multi-store gift cards available in major grocery stores and here on GiftCards.com. These gift cards are great for people of all ages because they are redeemable at a selection of stores listed on the card. The Happy Treats gift card is perfect for Halloween because there’s no trick to it–it can be used to see a movie, pick up a new video game, for an ice cream treat and more.
BUY IT HERE: Happy Treats gift card.
5. Happy Bites Gift Cards
Of course, there’s no better gift card for Halloween than the Happy Bites gift card and this matching gift card holder. Go to this blog post to see a Halloween Coffin gift card holder that I created to go with it.
And like the Happy Treats gift card above, this Happy Card gift card is usable at any of the restaurants listed on the card. Grab a healthy smoothie at Jamba, pick up a sandwich at Panera Bread or indulge in a decadent hot beverage at Peet’s Coffee. I love that these gift cards are so versatile and recipients will too.
BUY IT HERE: Happy Bites gift card.
If you’re worried that a gift card won’t look prize-worthy–meaning it can be a rather small thing to hand to the big winner, then dress it up with other Halloween items. Tie a jack-o-lantern gift card onto a carved pumpkin, drop a candy corn gift card into a mason jar filled with the same candies or attach a ghostly gift card to a ghastly decoration. Of course, any gift card could be used in this way, but a Halloween gift card would make the perfect prize. You can find more ideas when you follow Gift Card Girlfriend on Pinterest and check out the Halloween Gift Ideas board.
If you have other gift card questions or need gift card help, add a note in the comments below or leave a message for @GCGirlfriend on Twitter.
Happy Gift Carding!
~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend