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10/8/11 5:48 P

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"Moderation in all things . . . including moderation!"

I love that, Blueanniedog, and I hadn't heard that before...but so true!

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10/8/11 1:57 P

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We are giving out lots of good chocolate based candy bars! Snickers, Reese's, M & M's, Twix, Butterfinger, etc. All the stuff kids love. Moderation in all things . . . including moderation! emoticon

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10/8/11 1:33 P

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I live in a condo and children don't come to my door (we have like, two in the building). However, I work with kids all day and I occasionally bring in some candy. My only criteria is that it's peanut-free. I don't feel that Halloween is the problem- the problem is parents who think that kids should be able to eat Halloween-like amounts of candy ALL YEAR.

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10/8/11 10:44 A

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" I guess I kind of looked at it as its only once a year so its okay to have some junk food. Hopefully its not something they eat all the time but thats in their parents control, not ours:)"

That's basically how I look at it too, Heather. Halloween is supposed to be a night of "breaking the rules" once a year and eating a bag full of candy is breaking the rules for kids and is a lot safer than destroying things (like they used to do in times past and still do sometimes).

Even sitting the kids down and explaining to them that this is a once a year thing and not the way they are allowed to eat all the time would be helpful, too.

(But then, I'm a single man, so I know that makes a difference...however I have tons of neices and nephews.)

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10/8/11 10:36 A

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If you live in a neighborhood where folks trust each other (sad statement, but you know what I mean), then homemade peanut butter balls is a great gift to give kids--healthy with the protein and goods fats, but some sugar for the sweet tooth.

If not, then I'd go with the snickers bars and/or "toys", like the halloweeny pencils or stickers--either one of which I would have loved to find in my treat bag as a kid.

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10/8/11 9:15 A

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I got some of the peanut butter mary jane candies (the ones that come in the orange and black wrappers), and some fun size bags of snickers and three musketeers. I guess I kind of looked at it as its only once a year so its okay to have some junk food. Hopefully its not something they eat all the time but thats in their parents control, not ours:)

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10/7/11 10:49 A

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Good question. I am always looking for a good alternative, but usually end up just buying whatever is on sale at the last minute. This year I bought mini packets of gold fish crackers about a week ago, but ended up eating them all.
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Those things are freakishly addictive!!

So I'm either going to buy more of those and ask my husband to hide them, or try to find some cute pencils and erasers. I like the idea of something useful like that rather than some tchochke that just ends up in the landfill.


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10/7/11 9:15 A

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We don't give anything out for Halloween. Since 1992, In our current house there have been no kids trick or treating on our block. We bought candy the first few years to give out but no one came

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10/5/11 2:23 P

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I don't think the store-bought popcorn balls would get you egged.

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10/4/11 8:40 P

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Oooo, I just rememberd my favorite non candy treat growing up we would get sometimes..SUPERBALLS!

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10/4/11 8:26 P

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Having tiny kids who like to enjoy the fun of trick or treating but have never tasted candy in their lives (but they have had baked goods), I was torn about what to do last year since we moved in to a huge trick or treat neighborhood. I knew I would get quite a few toddlers and preschoolers. So I had the regular bowl of fun-sized treats for the school aged kids (and a few very well costumed adults) and whenever I had a little one come to the door, I had a seperate bowl and they each got a mini sized play doh and a bag of Goldfish crackers. Word got out with the teenagers that I had Goldfish and playdough, they were bummed that I was saving it for the little ones. But I didn't get toilet papered or anything. And I went through it all. I'll have to do a price comparison this year.
I think Jelly Bracelets are in again, too and I think those are fairly cheap. Pencils I was never a fan of unless they were unusually cool. Fun erasers are ok. I remember one of my sisters friends parents always made pop-corn balls - they were awesome. They were well known in the neighborhood so it worked out ok that they got to do a fresh home made treat. I think once I've been in this neighborhood a little longer and people get to know me we might be able to do something like that too (I'm in a neighborhood association, so we all kind-of have to know each other to some extent).
It's too bad so many fun options got a bad wrap. Like stickers and fake tattoos actually used to be cool. Little kids love stickers.
But my parents NEVER bought us candy, so halloween was the time to get it. We'd make it last until Easter. So in part you have to trust the parents and the kids to make responsible choices about it and use moderation rather than going to town on it. Almost all of my friends growing up had rules about the amount of candy they ate, or some parents had, whatever you could eat in two days and the rest gets thrown out.
But if you don't even want it in your house, or feel terrible handing it out, which is totally understandable, the choices are slim. I'm hoping to get a good idea here, too.

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10/4/11 11:57 A

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Michelenvegas, will the landlord allow you to provide juice or punch for the party?

The cost is probably prohibitive for most people, including me, but I have seen people at more affluent neighborhoods give out tiny bottles of water, Capri Suns, or juice boxes.

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10/3/11 10:11 P

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I do recall as a kid (in a family of six kids!) that we all hated the healthy stuff and did indeed throw much of it out, as someone said here. We wanted treats...something that we didn't get usually. After all, Halloween is a night of mischief, right?

But I also see the point many of you are making, trying to do better for todays kids...and I know the kid-me would have also loved the mini play dohs or the stickers some have suggested, since toys are always cool with kids.

And I would have probably eaten the trail mix...perhaps a good way to introduce kids to something sweet, but good for them too.

Another idea is those fruit chews, since they do at least have some fruit juice in them.

Also, I remember reading once that a Snickers bar is the closest thing to a protein bar in the junk food world...so maybe there's an idea, too.

Terry


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10/3/11 10:05 P

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I reckon im lucky. Here in my apartments there is no trick or treating the apartment throws a party for the children
And they ask tenates for candy for the party. I will not give candy but landlord wont accept anything but. Or i would have made lilvtrick or treat baggys with a pencil ghoast an goblins erraser an a little tablet of paper. Kids think tbete something with that emoticon

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10/3/11 9:26 P

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Stickers! I love stickers! Kids love stickers! Moms hate stickers on walls....but who cares? hehe.

I see mini bags of popcorn at wal-mart. Candy corn flavored popcorn that you pop! OMG.

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10/3/11 3:35 P

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I'm thinking I might give out mini Play-Doh. By the way, most children hate receiving raisins, pretzels and black licorice. Those items just get thrown away.

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inexpensive toys from the dollar store emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/3/11 2:28 P

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I hate to seem like a "you know what" but, seriously, if parents don't care what their kids eat, than why should I worry? I'm going to run to the store on Halloween & get what ever is cheapest. It really is the parent's responsibility to allow their kids to eat it or throw it out. I get really angry about food police. I wouldn't want anyone telling me what to eat or what I should have feed my kids.
I just think it's sad that we can't give out home made goodies any more, I remember getting candied apples & LOVING them!

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10/3/11 1:30 P

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What a great question, I've been asking myself this question now that I've moved into a neighborhood where I get trick or treaters. I love these suggestions.

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10/3/11 1:13 P

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Halloween pencils from the dollar store.



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10/3/11 9:46 A

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Oh, I just saw a huge jar of individually packaged pretzles at our local Costco store and I think that will be on my list of goodies this year! emoticon

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10/3/11 8:03 A

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I wonder if they sell big bags filled with small bags of peanuts. Yes, I know some kids are allergic, but surely not all are? Or maybe trail mix. I remember hating raisins when I was a kid because by the time I got around to eating the raisins from my trick or treat bag, they were hard as rocks. I love them now, though. Like the idea of pretzels, though...

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10/3/11 7:35 A

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I always give out little boxes of raisins or packets of pretzels.

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10/3/11 6:55 A

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I've been concerned about this for weeks. How do I, in good conscience, put little packets of poison in the bags of all those cute little princesses and vampires? I've thought about dimes but I think they'll be so disappointed.
What are you going to do?

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