I LOVE Hallowe'en and enjoy celebrating it with our neighborhood kids.
If I could find fun, seasonal items that weren't made in China I would go for those rather than candy and I'm sure the kids (and all the parents) would be fine with that. Sidewalk chalks would be fun but it's going to too wet to use them from now until June.
As it is, I think I'll stick with mini-bars again this year and perhaps mini boxes of raisins to give the children a choice (I know - most of them will ask if they can have both).
Although, if kids only ate candy as a special treat....it wouldn't be a big deal to let them have the candy. I have great memories of spilling out my "haul" on the dining table and counting how many I got. Then deciding which ones I would eat first......
I'm surprised how many people are "against" this! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course... and I don't have anything against candy personally... I just think that there is no danger of a shortage of candy and Halloween... so something different is fun!! I always loved the couple toys or Halloween themed things that I would get in my bag because it was different from the candy... not that I didn't like the candy of course.
I've always found glow bracelets to be a big hit with the kids I know for all "dark" occasions (4th of July, etc.) and I think Halloween is another perfect holiday for this... kids can wear them the rest of the night or save them for later! I have no qualms handing these out instead of candy this year.
Kids hate getting book vouchers, pencils, erasers, etc. in their trick or treat bags. Fruit, too, plus often parents worry that the fruit will be poisoned. So fruit is usually thrown out either by the children or their parents. Back when my kids were young, we used to make popcorn balls and/or cookies to put in bags ~ it was a neighborhood where everyone cared about each other, never any question that someone would do something to hurt a child. Different culture, different times. Sad!
Please, please put out UNICEF money to include in UNICEF boxes. This is another sad demise.... the UNICEF money is used well and goes a long way to help children in disaster or seriously poverty ridden areas.
I always liked pencils and spider rings but I was a strange kid.
If halloween trick or treat is on sunday this year then I'll be home to pass stuff out and am now in a neighborhood that has a lot of kids. In the past I'd just get a small bag of candies that I liked to hand out to the one or two families that came by. I'm not sure what I'll do this year if I'll be home; I don't want to spend too much money but also don't want what I hand out to suck.
I LOVE those little play-doh tubs! I would have gone nuts for those when I was a kid.
I have also given out big handfuls of Mardi Gras beads. They're cheap if you have a party store or get them online. They're not safe for really little kids, but they're very popular with the 5-10 year olds.
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It's fine to have some in moderation.
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Not to be mean but I felt ripped off with toy spider rings, I would rather have a box of raisins then that. If you give a pencil give a small tablet to go with it if you give crayons give a color book too., no fun alone.
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