I'm one of the few in my relatively small condo complex to decorate for Halloween. I buy a small bag of candy to keep at home for the 20 or so little ones in our complex (some don't participate). If they are going around our neighborhood, they aren't getting a large haul anyway. I take any leftovers to work -- I work at a University. I got a couple of big bags of candy at the warehouse store to take to work as I make sure our office is decorated and festive for the holidays, for the most part. (I've been here a year and a half, and have slowly worked out the '70's era decorations for newer stuff.) Some students grab it, some do not - they are adults and can make their own decisions.
Last year, having the candy around was an issue for me (though I did track and keep mostly under control), but this year, a lot of my attitudes have changed, and I'm just not interested as much and have thus far not touched the stuff. Of course, I also know better than to keep my absolute favorites around. I know that many can't keep control around it and that's fine - many places now sell small bags of pretzles and other more nutritious things than candy. One can also hit up party stores and others for cheap holiday party favors as others mentioned.
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10/28/13 8:13 A
Not giving out candy...we won't be home. Taking youngest to a Fall Festival (church).
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Halloween isnt really big over here in England
10/28/13 4:25 A
Our house is decorated for Halloween and the houses here are close together so we figured we'd buy a big bag of candy. When its gone we stop handing out candy and close up shop. Its football Thursday so we'll be good sports and trade off every so often who hands out the goods. I've spent many years ignoring Halloween so I figured I'd be nice this time~
We give out Halloween themed pencils, erasers, or other favors. They're different than what everyone else gives out and do not spoil. The smaller kids are happy either way.
Yes, the occasional sweet treat is not bad at all. Unfortunately, kids are eating this type of stuff on the regular. Yes, you give it and parents should police how much their kids eat in a sitting but it just does not happen that way. Giving non-edible treats comes with no guilt for the giver as well as the parent trying to do the right thing.
Thanks for the cool ideas that came from this thread. Freeze Pops - I've even seen sugarfree! I know, everyone feels differently about artificial sweeteners. It's a great idea all the same. And mini water bottles - for the thirst worked up from goin' door-to-door.
Lastly, I've even seen people give out pennies for piggy banks. Simple but creative!
10/27/13 12:00 P
always candy and toothbrushes as well
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We get hundreds of trick or treaters. Our block attracts them from all over because almost everyone decorates and there are a couple of haunted houses. We decorate as well, get dressed up, and give out candy.
10/27/13 11:20 A
We give out candy. I'd love to make popcorn balls but unless the parents knew me they'd end up in the trash. Since we live in the country and all the nearby kids aren't kids anymore we have to go into town to an event to be a part of the fun.
I'm not so sure that eating candy is the problem with obesity in today's youth. My generation used to eat as much candy as we could get our hands on, but we were much more active physically than kids today, and obesity was rare.
Halloween is once a year, and we stick with the tradition of handing out candy. We have a lot of kids coming to our house, and they look forward to seeing our carved pumpkins and getting loads of candy from us.
I love the stuffed toy idea! I knew two dentists that handed out tooth brushes too. One dentist with the candy, and the other dentist with a small tube of sample toothpaste (he got a lot of boos)!
Whatever your tradition, hope you have a great Halloween!
10/27/13 7:53 A
Where I live I don't get trick or treaters . but I have grandkids...I give them candy. Its once a year.
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10/27/13 7:32 A
I give candy as I think it is one of the few times a year, kids deserve a break on the candy front; trick or treating is a rite of passage for kids. I end up throwing my son's out in November as he isn't interested in it past a couple of weeks anyway!
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We get around 60-120 trick-or-treaters each year. Weather, football playoffs, etc make a difference in the number. We (I, since my wife goes down to the basement to quilt, while I pass out the goodies) give candy. I buy several different kinds of candies, put 5-6 pieces in each little plastic bag, and hand them out that way.
I don't mind giving candy; but if people give fruit or coupons or some non-candy/sweet treat, I think that is great.
I'm not sure whether there will be trick-or-treating in my neighborhood. There are six or seven kids of trick-or-treat age, but four of them are home-schooled and I don't know if it's a religious thing. The others will probably go to the school or the larger housing area 25 miles up the road (especially if the home-schoolers don't do Halloween, because that would only leave four or five homes to go to!)
But I didn't want to be left empty-handed if they do come. The dollar store had packages of tiny decks of Halloween-themed playing cards and temporary tattoos, so I grabbed one of each. If I find out that the kids are going up to the school, I'll donate them to that party.
I would have loved those temporary tattoos when I was little-- and my mom would have hated them, which makes it just that much more fun.
Once a year I give out candy. The parents can monitor how much the kids eat or how long they can trick or treat depending on age. Candy is ok as long as it is ate as a treat and Not a meal.
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I have 12 pumpkins in front of my apartment, so I suppose that I should buy some candy. :)
I don't object to candy as a once-a-year treat. My only worry is that nobody will come by and I will be stuck with the whole bag. I guess I should prepare myself to just have one piece and throw the rest away.
We decided not to give candy or decorate this year.
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10/26/13 8:23 P
we don't get many trick or treaters at all.
DH works for a convention contractor, so we give out some unique stuff (chop sticks, posters, key chains, calculators, etc.)
I've also given out stickers before. Really great if you have an issue with those 'too old to be trick or treating' folks. They don't really care much for stickers!
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I give out candy. Candy is not evil. I figure that once a year kids are allowed to go house to house and beg for treats. One night a year will not harm a child who otherwise eats a healthy diet. And for a child who does not eat a healthy diet, again one night will not make a difference.
I remember as a kid, trick or treating, then sorting and trading with my brother and sister. We had so much fun! We rarely got candy or other "treats" as kids so it was a very big deal.
We don't get trick-or-treaters at our house so we don't give out anything. When my dd was younger and went trick-or-treating, she was perfectly happy with non-food items. It was just fun for her to walk around and show off her costume and was happy with whatever people gave her.
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Most of us have a store like Dollar Tree/Party City/Target ($1 bins) that sort of thing.
Party Favor gifts are awesome bc they come in bulk and most often you will SAVE money bc bags of candy are CRAZY now! $$$ So expensive and for those of us trying to avoid temptation, candy is not a good thing to have around! HA!
Most often you can find Halloween themed party favor gifts as well.
10/26/13 2:25 P
A dentist friend is giving out tooth brushes. Kids will love her.
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10/26/13 12:50 P
For years I have given out Freeze Pops (Also called "Otter Pops") You could find them for about $4 for a box of 100 at Walmart, Kmart, Target, or Smart and Final. (They also have a 3 year expiration date, in case you don't give them all out!) My kids were always so embarrassed that we didn't give out traditional candy, but I didn't want it in my house.
A few years ago, my youngest (late teens) finally talked me into giving out candy, and all of the kids at the door complained, and some cried. Parents were telling me that they used to come to my house to get Freeze Pops as kids and wanted to share the experience with their kids. No more candy for me!! I went back out to get more Freeze Pops.
I have two neighborhood Haunted houses, so we get between 400-500 kids, so this is definitely the cheapest way to go!
I live in an isolated cottage and usually don't get many trick-or-treaters. I'll keep a bag of candy just in case. I don't want any eggs thrown at my house (it's a rough neighborhood!). Halloween comes only once a year, so what the heck.
I live in an apartment community, and they "host" a Hallowe'en evening for resident kids. Each building sets up a table. It's always the typical candy... and I really don't like it! I don't like it in front of me, and I don't like being the purveyor of trash food to kids... but I don't think the things I'd prefer to give would be accepted: fruit snacks, like chips or dehydrated-but-soft pieces, beef jerky nuggets... something at least *closer* to "real food". The unfortunate thing, and what prevents it, is that (most of) those things don't come individually wrapped, and although I'm not a parent, I'm sure such things would raise concerns. I'd love to make homemade cookies or the like. But again, people are such that you can't really trust those items to be safe for your kids. I do get the tiny little "shortie" waters and put them in a cooler beside the junk-food table. That seems to be a welcome offering. I like the ideas of tiny toys. I just don't know if I could finance that in a community this size.
I remember Hallowe'en being full of good things like homemade goodies, candy apples, punch from a big tureen in the foyer, one neighbor used to have a giant bowl full of small change (you got one handful)... safer, simpler days.
10/26/13 10:59 A
Good idea on the toys! I live in the country and don't get any kids stop by, they like to go places where the houses are close together and they can get more loot. I don't by any "in case" candy knowing that I would end up eating it.
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For the last 3 years I refuse to give out candy. I don't want to contribute to our unhealthy youth. I go to Target and buy stuffed animals from the dollar carts. I only get 15 kids as an average and donate the leftovers. (buy 20) I also don't want leftover "fun" bars in the house. IT is NOT fun when I eat the leftovers and step on the scale to see I gained a pound. The kids tell me they love getting a toy.
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