Things that require refrigeration like pudding/yogurt snacks are bad ideas for those in southern states where it can be 80 degrees on Halloween. Foods that are allergens are bad ideas now, too, especially since there are so many children with peanut, tree nut, or other potentially lethal allergies.
Unless you personally know all the kids coming to your door, you're better off just giving small themed toys or other favors that are fun to play with. I'd stay away from giving out buttons or pins as well, due to the safety factor for younger trick-or-treaters.Giving out money is a terrible idea, too. It's better to just buy a cheap bag of themed party favors. I'd never put my name and address on anything I give out to strangers, even if they are children. That's asking for trouble.
I'm also of the opinion (along with many others) that allowing kids to eat however much candy they want at once and chucking the rest is a terrible idea. We (my sister and I) would get to take 1 piece for lunch each day or eat 1 after school (but not both), after we sorted out all the stuff we didn't want (like raisins and taffy). This method seems like a much better way to illustrate what "moderation" means, since moderation is the foundation on which SparkPeople is built.
- 10/14/2014 12:42:57 PM