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  • -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.
  • I don't get any trick or treat kids other than my grand daughter. I give her a toy. she loves it!.
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • Thanks for the ideas! This is good information for everyday not just Halloween! Also good for those adults with a sweet tooth like my son-in-law!
  • 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.

    I think If you don't want kids on a sugar-high. Hand out non-food items.
    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
    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.

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