Originally Posted by Storm Bride
Halloween is about lots of things. Trick-or-treating is about treats. We don't live in a culture in which homemade treats are going to happen much - and many/most of them just get thrown away. So, it's about candy.
To you, maybe. That's not what it's about to us
, however. Every family has different values, no?
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You might have a point, but we get about 100 or so trick-or-treaters. I can't afford to buy that much "healthy" candy. (And, "healthy" is funny. Raw cane sugar is way better than HFCS - but it's not "healthy".)
I know it's not genuinely healthy, which is why I put "healthy" in quotes the first time.
I'm not a person who totally avoids sugar--but I do avoid HFCS and artificial flavorings, colorings, and preservatives. That's what I meant by "healthy".
|I would if I could, but I can't...and dh and I are better off than many of our neighbours. And, I never said there was no point in trick-or-treating. We trick-or-treat. I just don't think there's any point in trick-or-treating (ie. going around knocking on people's doors, asking for treats), and then throwing the treats away.
I sympathize with not being able to afford "healthy" (I should just call it hippie candy, or all-natural, or something--we all know it's not really healthy!) candy, since it can definitely get pricey fast (although we're lucky enough to live in an area with lots of local farmers and artisans who make simply amazing old-fashioned candies that don't cost much). But honestly, if we couldn't swing it, we would just turn off the light and not answer the door. Because--and this is not a judgment, but my own personal thing--I cannot justify giving away candy that I would not eat myself, or let DS eat. And anything made with HFCS makes that list, particularly because it has been shown to contain mercury
. Besides, there are options besides all-natural candy--stickers, temporary tattoos, small change--it doesn't have to be candy at all. Treats don't have to be edible. Back in the old days a "treat" could mean anything from a slice of pie and a cup of cider to an apple to a peck on the cheek from the lady of the house. For us it's about tradition and the magic of Halloween more than anything else.