I guess we are some of the bad people who junk the candy we don't want. It is usually the really weird stuff in the shape of body parts that I question the safety of. I will not pass that crap on to other people as I am pretty sure it is full of stuff that should not be consumed
Honestly, we DON'T ToT for the candy *at all*. We go out because it is fun. Our neighbourhood is full of so many great people and we have only gotten to know most of them from our yearly ToT adventures. We have 4 kids, so our time out is generally not too terribly long, but we always end up going just another few blocks just to see how people are doing. Short, but friendly conversations at every house. Seeing all the other kids in costumes. Checking out some of the really cool decorations. It is purely a social event, and I am always so uplifted by the wonderful sense of community it instills in us.
THAT is the lesson I am teaching my kids, community. The candy is just incidental, and they always end up with a ridiculous amount even in the short time we are out. Actually, our last several walks around the neighbourhood this week has led to people coming out of their houses to remind us to come by because they will have some great treats
I just love that we have a friendly relationship with all these people because of an event I didn't eve want to celebrate for the first several years of my eldest ds' life (eeeek, candy!).
One of my kids does have a severe food allergy and he can't have most of what is given. We always buy chocolate bars that we know he can have and trade him for some of it. Otherwise we make sure to be home early so I can recycle as much as possible to the older kids in VERY generous amounts. But the stuff that seems sketchy (the aforementioned body part candy for instance) goes straight to the bin. Even if it is wasteful I couldn't pass it on in good conscience.
|Every single grocery store around here has a donation bin for food! Even the floofy over priced natural/organic store has one.
How hard is it to take the bag of candy you don't want, put it in the large cardboard bin, and then go do your shopping?
There's no phoning or driving or anything beyond what you normally do.
Even the dreaded evil Walmarts have them.
That way the candy could go to people while it's still pretty fresh and be enjoyed by someone who wouldn't otherwise get any.
Although this could have been stated with *slightly* less attitude you make a very good point. I never thought of that and will probably do this with the non-scary leftovers this year. We are usually pretty sick of all the sugar after the first couple of days as we don't really eat stuff like this any other time (save for the occasional organic fair trade chocolate bars of course
). I am with the posters who find this all amusing. Such a small thing to get so worked up over.