My mom was a dental hygienist, and when I was a kid she would give out packs of Trident gum she got for free from her dental office. It seemed so "good" back then because it was sugar free, but still gum! But I would never give out Trident these days, because I'm pretty sure it has aspartame in it - POISON! I'm not even sure what was in it when I was a kid because I don't think they even had aspartam that far back. Maybe it was saccharine. Anyway... there are some pretty good gums at the health food store like Spry (it has xylitol in it), but I think it would be too expensive to hand that out...
So, here's what to do... put a decorative EMPTY bowl outside your front door with just one or two EMPTY candy wrappers in it, and a little sign on it that says "Please take just one..." When people get there, they'll think someone else just got greedy and/or they just got there too late! :)
I'm just saying... Kelley
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I saw an ad in our paper that there is a dentist offering that. $1/lb and the candy goes to soldiers. I might be able to talk my son into keeping a few of his favorites and turning in the rest. The less that's sitting around here the better!!!
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I know that parents would get weary of homemade stuff, but I would think a neat trail mix would be neat to hand out. Stuff like nuts, raisins, popcorn would be good, I think kids would like it. But in our "crazy people of the world society", people could get weary of it. I also don't participate in Hallowee, but I don't have kids so I think it is ok.
I don't worry about this, because I dont "do" or particpate in Halloween. Strictly a personal thing. Our street has only one or two houses that have their lights on, and the last couple of years I have only seen 2 or 3 sets of kiddies trick or treating the whole evening.
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My kids do the same. They over-indulge (our family is mostly sugar- and candy-free), get sick and then give it away. Some of our local dentists are paying kids for the candy they collect and then shipping it to soldiers overseas. My three will participate in that this year. Money motivates them more than candy. Check with your local dentists, some may be doing the same.
Edited by: PRAIRIEDAWNPAM at: 10/27/2009 (16:00)
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What I do about the CANDY problem (my child is only 5) is a tell her to GO AHEAD! Eat whatever and however much you want! She usually eats it until it makes her sick. Sounds crazy, but I would rather it was OVER in ONE evening, rather than RATIONING out candy for many days to come. I feel that she also will decide (after BARFING) that SHE has had enough. If the candy is still around the next day, I just start throwing handfuls of it into the garbage. She doesn`t notice (or at least she hasn`t yet). She just thinks she is SHARING with mommy! And mommy EATS A LOT of candy! LOL! Little does she know...
I would like to give out healthier treats. Boxes of raisins and nuts, toothbrushes, party favors... rather than candy.
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