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No Tricks! Just Healthier Halloween Treats!

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  • It began with 100, then 200 and the last time we stayed home we had 300 kids in our street. They are brought in to town in Minivans and so we n o longer have trick or treat. Raised in UK we never had it. Now they are following the trend.
    At first we gave nickel's and then dimes but giving anything less than a quarter and so many teens will scoff at that so we just gave up.
    Pat in Maine. - 10/26/2014 10:47:13 PM
  • All the comments about kids tossing stuff seems strange to me. I never went trick-or-treating as a child though the neighbor always gave me a small goody bag and it didn't matter what was in it, if it was candy I ate it. But when I did get candy (like at a convention or something) I'd portion it out and eat everything --- even if it was something I "didn't like" it was still candy, it just ended up being the last thing I ate... (liquorice salt water taffy anyone?).

    Even as a 6 year old though, I took dark chocolate over hard candy any day. - 10/25/2014 8:25:32 PM
  • if you talk to a dentist, all of those gummi things and fruit roll ups are aweful for your teeth. When my kids were young, thats the first thing he told me to avoid. Also, if you get alot of kids, that could get quite expensive. Remember, its once a yr. Let kids be kids! - 10/25/2014 7:16:59 AM
  • OVERTH40
    Completely agree with Cute and Nerdy.

    Leave the holidays alone and help create wonderful, lifelong memories. And don't turn it into a time when kids will 'roll their eyes'.

    Practice good habits regularly, but don't go overboard. - 10/14/2014 7:07:40 PM
  • It's one night a year, for goodness sake! Almost no child is going to be happy with a box of raisins, an organic lollipop, or some animal crackers. - 10/4/2014 8:21:09 PM
  • I once handed out little costume jewelry rings to little girls, don't remember about the guys! But it went over huge! I still like candy so wouldn't restrict handing it out once a year .but we have no trick or treaters on our lonely street and haven't for over 8 years. I'm more concerned at the junk food my grandkids are always eating. Honestly I've never seen them eat a meal set in front of them. But if its coke, mcdonalds or candy they eat if all. But it's not my house so I can't control it. Try to give em better stuff at my house but they won't touch it! - 10/29/2012 8:13:17 PM
  • I just bought yummy earth lollipops last week for me:-) really taste good. Grandkids like them too! - 10/29/2012 8:01:13 PM
  • I was really surprised to see the wonderful array of healthy candies available. Excellent! - 10/28/2012 10:33:18 AM
  • I think this article is talking about purchasing candy for you and your family, and not for the kids that come up to the door. - 10/27/2012 11:19:56 PM
  • Wouldn't have touched any of the dark chocolate stuff with a pole as a kid (still wouldn't, quite honestly). I know maybe one kid who'll eat dark chocolate. The only thing that might fly are the gummi bears.

    It's one night a year- and if it's not, it's the parents' responsibility.

    I'll definitely have "real" treats for the kids- and some non-food ones too. I know some kids have allergies, but none of my family do so I don't check for contamination. Instead, there's non-food things like pencils.

    Left-over candy? I usually take it with me to the office. It's always gone even faster than when the trick-or-treaters come round. - 10/27/2012 4:23:53 PM
  • We have 70 - 80 kids come by our house, so treats costing $4.99 for a bag of 18 candies gets expensive quickly, especially if you give out more than a single piece. We give out a choice of a treat (candy or chips) or a non-edible treat (larger seashells we've picked up on beaches -- no mollusks still in the shell when found, unusual rocks/minerals from when my husband collected them, etc). The kids are 2:1 on preferring the non-edible "treats" to the edible ones. - 10/27/2012 4:12:58 PM
  • FITALLEY
    Our dentist neighbor hands out cups of soup at our neighborhood Halloween party. I am going to join him this year and hand out hot, home-made rolls shaped as ghosts. The kids don't always go for it, but the adults out in the cold love it, and I am so sick of candy! - 10/27/2012 4:01:08 PM
  • Those would be great treats for health-conscious grown-ups but, except for the gummis, would not go over well in my neighborhood. - 10/27/2012 1:40:22 PM
  • Interesting article, Liza!

    What do you do with the candy your daughter then exchanges with you?

    cj - 10/27/2012 12:57:22 PM
  • -BENI-
    My first thought that came to mind when I read this was the boy in Home Alone - when he makes the comment - Last year I got a sweater with a Big Bird knitted on it. You can get beat up for wearing something like that.
    Who wants that stuff for Halloween?
    Then I thought... perhaps that's why I'm in the mess I'm in!!
    Sorry, no candy coming in the house and no candy going out. We don't have many trick or treater's anyhow and live in a huge neighborhood so they'll be fine. - 10/27/2012 12:13:22 PM

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