Ditto this. Not all of us consider sugar to be poison. I am perfectly okay with letting my kids have access to candy and other junk food in moderation.
As far as my suggestion of donating candy to homeless shelters, nursing homes and food pantries goes, I'll repeat myself, not everyone thinks that sugar is poison.
For a homeless person who doesn't have access to a kitchen and regular meals, that handful of "garbage" or "poison" halloween candy is a source of calories.
IMO, while I think it's fine for parents to eliminate processed sugars from their kids diets if they're really that "afraid" of it, I think it's incredibly short-sighted for parents to teach their kids to look down their noses at other people's lifestyle choices, unless you're preparing them for the same treatment in the outside world... and I don't know many of that type who are telling their kids "Hey, most people think we're zealots."
Ok, candy as crack was a stretch....and probaby inappropriate. But I still have a hard time teaching my kids that anything that I say is not healthy for them, we should pass on to someone else. Even a video that I find is not "good" for them, I can't encourage them to give that to their friend. I don't like Ferber books, I find them harmful....I will NOT give it to my friend so it won't go to waste. I'd just as soon throw it in the garbage (I know it can be recycled, not the point!) And I don't feel that I'm teaching my kids to look down their noses at other people's lifestyles. I'm teaching my kids to make healthy choices. And I have to be consistent in teaching them to be good stewards of their bodies. If I tell them eating candy is not good for you, how can I possibly tell them to give that food then to someone else....who it also is not good for. If I'm going to teach my kids to be generous to their grandma or to the homeless, then let me teach them that "Hey, homeless people usually have to eat some pretty unhealthy things because that's what is available and cheap. Let's make some heathy treats to give to that homeless man that we see every day. He'd probably really appreciate a homecooked meal. Not a sack of candy."