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!
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.
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 4:01:08 PM
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!
What do you do with the candy your daughter then exchanges with you?
10/27/2012 12:13:22 PM
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.
I'm surprised "Unreal" brand candy isn't listed. It's affordable, sold pretty much everywhere - CVS, Kroger, etc - and it's not got the chemical junk in it. They make a snicker's style bar, peanut butter cups, M&M type candy, etc - all without the chemicals and crap, and not real expensive.
To keep things simple, just buy candy without the High Fructose Corn Syrup - send a message to the big companies that we don't want this in our food. I don't buy a lot of candy and I don't have trick-or-treaters but I bought some candy corn for my kids. I was surprised to find Kraft candy corn without High Fructose Corn Syrup.
I find that some of these items are unreasonably expensive, while others are the same prices as the national brand candy I have been buying for years. My concern is safety. The reasonably priced stuff looks like it is wrapped in foil, or paper twists. It's not going to be a good choice to give to trick-or-treaters if their parents just throw it out. I am planning to hit Trader Joe's this week anyway, so I will see what they have that is healthy and reasonably priced as well as being wrapped in tamper evident packaging.
Thanks for the ideas! For me I only buy what I can afford to buy, and when I am out the pouch light gets shut off. The parents with younger children appreciate those healthier options, and that is usually who gets there earlier.$5 bucks really isn't a big deal one night a year in the long run, and if I have leftovers I won't feel guilty partaking in festivities. Those lollipops are the best I've ever had and my children would pass up a chocolate bar anyway for one of them!
I also pop into the dollar store and grap a pack of Halloween pencils and spider rings to mix in with candy. Lots of kids chose tho instead of candy last year.
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