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Do you have rules about Halloween sweets?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Not only do we have Halloween coming up, but the whole holiday season! emoticon

For kids--and for ourselves--it is a nightmare! First things first, do you do anything to limit sweets around Halloween?

My husband (my big kid!) always asks me to be sure and get in candy for trick or treaters. Well, for years, we have had no more than 2 children stop by!!! So 'you-know-who' really wants the candy. And I can't keep my hands off it if it is in the house! emoticon

The fire dept. has a big party for any kids in the town. And parents less and less are sending their kids out on the streets. For a few years there, parents were even driving their kids to 'promising' neighborhoods or streets! emoticon I don't think that still happens --at least on the street I live on.

Thanks! chris emoticon
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KATHARINE1948 10/19/2013 9:12PM


we dont celebrate halloween , BUT our church puts on a big harvest festival
lots of rides , lots of games , candy .

very safe . children are allowed to wear costumes. preferring cute ones
nothing gothic emoticon

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CINDYAST 10/19/2013 9:09AM

    My rules for Halloween candy, is keep it out of the house. If it's not there, I can't eat it. Simple as that. Could you do something different for the few kids that do come to your house, like buy some stickers and hand them out instead? Just a thought.

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CHERYLHURT 10/19/2013 7:05AM

  We live in a very child friendly neighborhood, lots of kids play in the streets here so we bough a bag of candy from Costco. I picked it out and it's filled with all the stuff I don't like! When that bag is gone we will turn out the lights and go to bed!

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ARTJAC 10/19/2013 4:05AM

    we don't celebrate halloween

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DS9KIE 10/19/2013 12:34AM

    I have a Halloween party for my piano students and they would mutiny if I didn't have any candy so I put a bunch of candy in a paper bag and then when they play games they get prizes like spider ring and Halloween erasers

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FLAMENM 10/18/2013 11:44PM

    We pass out pencils and erasers instead of candy.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/18/2013 11:18PM

    What about buying non-food items? Kids and parents LOVE glowsticks! I've given them out for 3 years. I also give out pencils, little activity books, and just a little candy. The kids get the candy they want to eat as well as fun little things, the glowsticks help them be seen by cars as they walk around (which parents love), and the leftover non-candy items can be saved for next year. Check your local store to see if they have non-food items you can give out. You can get them pretty cheap.

If you do get candy, call some local dentist offices to see if they have candy buyback programs. By me it's a big thing. They give the kids something (cash, coupons for food, small items, etc sometimes donated by local businesses) in exchange for their candy, which is then shipped overseas to troops. You could donate your leftover candy to the dentist's office and if they have something good, bonus. If not, you're donating to a good cause and getting the candy out of your house.

Here's the website for the candy buyback program:

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2HAMSDIET 10/18/2013 11:03PM

    The town has many parties here with games and hot dogs. We do have 5 kids living on our block so I just had to buy some candy but it is ok it doesn't bother me. The left overs will go to the food bank. emoticon

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BLUEJEANS27 10/18/2013 8:49PM

    I go to Sam's Club and buy a big box of snack bag Doritos. They are not particularly tempting to me and I know my boys will eat any leftovers later. Candy sits around forever until I eat it!! emoticon Doritos are fun to pass out and usually get a big positive reaction from the trick-or-treaters as a nice change from all the sweets.


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IOWAGRAMMA 10/18/2013 8:22PM

    I don't bring them in the house. My DH says something similar to some just in case. Well, we never get any, so the rule is no candy. I eat it. He eats it. Neither of us can stop with just one piece! LOL!

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MPETERSON2311 10/18/2013 8:19PM

    We go to ONE event that's it

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VONBLACKBIRD 10/18/2013 7:16PM

    We don't get treaters in our area as it is very no candy in the house but hard mints and they don't get eaten that fast. Many churches in our area do trunk or treat where people bring candy and hand out there.

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IRISHHONEYBEE 10/18/2013 6:49PM

    I am right there with you on the sweets in the house I eat them problem. I just try my best to limit my sweets to once a day or something like that. If you can get the kind your "big kid" likes and hopefully you don't really like....if thats possible.

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SANDRALEET 10/18/2013 6:49PM

    Still get about 80 kids on good weather more

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COCK-ROBIN 10/18/2013 6:44PM

    Hope we all survive Halloween and the other holidays.

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