I think these are very good ideas for treats to give your kids perhaps on a "regular" basis, but for Halloween, the price point is not too practical unless you have a very limited number of trick-or-treaters. Plus, I also agree with the others that the kids will not eat them if they have the more commom offers to choose from in their goodie bag. I know I never did! I like the pretzels, toys, stickers, etc. ideas!
I buy the snack packs of mini pretzels on sale and give these out for Halloween. I don't like pretzels and if there are any left I give them to my neighbors. Personally, I think Halloween should be banned and townships have a Halowwen parade instead. Or maybe I am just getting older and seeing things differently. :)
OR, you could just leave your porch light off and not hand out any candy at all. One or two houses on the block not participating in the 'all the candy you can grab night' will not make much difference in the long run.
It may not be someone else's responsibility to oversee my kids' candy consumption, but it's also not my obligation to give out sugary treats.
I'm giving out Play-doh this year. It even came in holiday colors. The cost ended up being around $0.30 per can. I figure since I often give out more than one candy item and very often have to buy bags of candy to make up what I snacked on during the month, it will come out pretty close. If we were in a neighborhood with hundreds of trick or treaters (we have been in the past), I would go with something small like wrapped hard candy.
10/21/2012 5:58:53 PM
I think If you don't want kids on a sugar-high. Hand out non-food items.
10/21/2012 5:57:53 PM
If I was a kid and somebody handed me theses as "candy" I would throw them away. When I want candy, I want really candy. :)
I don't have any small ones at home any more, but these are some really good ideas. Even if you were just giving out candy and had little ones that came or a Halloween party. Thanks for this idea. And Happy Halloween
10/18/2010 2:03:57 PM
Some of these suggestions are really good, and kids will eat them (like the chocolate of the fruit leathers), but I can't afford to give organic candy out to the whole neighborhood! I can't even afford to give it to my household on a regular basis! And some of it (like the boxes of raisins) would definitely be put in a kid's "Not gonna eat it" pile. Good ideas if oyu can afford it, but I think small toys, pencils, stickers, or bags of pretzels, goldfish crackers, etc. are the way to go if you are deadset against giving out "unhealthy" candy.
10/31/2009 11:51:40 AM
All items that kids will toss in the "I don't want to see this in my bag, let alone eat pile!!
That's great to give alternatives but these are more for the adults because I GUARANTEE 99.5% of the kids who would get that stuff would chuck it! LOL It's up to the parents to make sure the kids don't go gonzo on the candy and portion it out for them per day and then take the rest to work or something. (I think if those suggestions were in the goodie bag brought to work, they'd still be the few stray pieces on the community food table come Valentines Day!) :)
12/2/2008 11:22:26 PM
Katie, to answer your question, we read the article because we WANTED to know about healthy alternatives to unhealthy snacks. I don't know about anyone else, but I just didn't think they were practical for Halloween!
10/30/2008 12:00:26 PM
Some good ideas here. A couple of my great aunts were diabetic, and always gave out dimes for trick-or-treat so they wouldn't have candy around the house, and I always thought it was a cool idea. For the past several years I have stayed away from candy, and instead gave out pencils, small canisters of play-doh,, and this year I'm planning to hand out packs of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies crackers and a small sheet of halloween stickers. The kids are always so much more excited about these "unusual" treats than just another candy bar.
Wow, who spends that kind of money on Halloween candy?? I certainly don't.
Does healthy always equal expensive?? Even raisins...they're expensive...I feel guilty using a tablespoon of them on my cereal a couple times of week - and I'm going to give them out for Halloween? I don't think so!
10/25/2008 5:51:01 PM
All those complaining should perhaps reconsider before tearing apart some great ideas -- this is an awesome article, and can indeed be affordable and practical if you do it right. Buy in bulk, buy close to the 31st, find coupons in the stores and online, or even be bold enough to ask for a sample pack (Whole Foods doesn't hold back with it -- you can get a ton for free). If you didn't want to know alternatives to candy to hand out, I am confused as to why you even read the article? Sorry, but I just think some comments were unnecessarily cutting. I like the other comments offering creative alternatives like pretzels, cheap toys, etc. Nicely done!
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