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What are you handing out to trick or treaters? Will you be ditching the sugar?!

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 

I am torn once again on what to give the trick or treaters!  I feel like kids are SO over loaded with sugar these days and I don't want to be a contributor.  Then again, I was raised on a whole food no sugar diet and I LOVED Halloween because I got to eat candy for once!  I also have the vivid memories of the houses that gave out apples and raisins because....they ALWAYS got egged and toilet papered!  So what will you be handing the little ones this year when you hear "trick or treat!!"?

post #2 of 37
Last year I went and bought all non-GMO candy and although expensive, at least I had a clear conscience! This year I'll be nursing a newborn so my husband may be in charge, which probably means a ginormous Costco bag of snickers and kit kats will end up on the menu. LOL :-/
post #3 of 37

Candy here. It's Halloween.

post #4 of 37
Candy here, but we do keep a stash of glow stuff and small toys for the little ones who don't do sugar. A surprising number of the older kids chose glo-bracelets last year so I'll double those this time....we're a popular T~O~T neighborhood. smile.gif
post #5 of 37

Seeing as how my DD can't do dairy, just about everything she would get out of trick-or-treating will be a no-no anyhow.  We go around for the fun of it, but DH will end up eating the majority of her stash.  I kind of wish people did alternatives for the littles around here, and I know some people go out ahead of time and "supply" the neighbors with things for their kid, I'm just not about to do that.  We hand out standard big bag candy.

post #6 of 37

I was thinking about doing the little Play-doh containers that I saw at Costco but now we're planning not to be home anyway so guess we won't need anything. DD is only 2.5 so we won't be doing much trick-or-treating, probably will just visit a few relatives so they can see her in costume.

post #7 of 37

I always do hard-boiled egg pumpkins.  Color a jack-o-lantern face on the boiled egg with a black crayon, then dye it orange. Trick or treaters sometimes look at me funny, but we have never been TP'd!

post #8 of 37

you could always do small toys or coins. Pennies, nickels or dimes are always fun to find in the candy bag. 

post #9 of 37
Thread Starter 

I LOVE the idea of glowing things and play-doh!!!:thumb

post #10 of 37

We just hand out candy, but we have had neighbors hand out glow in the dark stickers and other glow things that my kids loved to get.  One house where we use to live handed out mini rubber duckies with a different theme each year.  One year it was zombie duckies, another year it was doctor/nurse duckies.  I think they got them off of oriental trading company.  We have also had people give out mardi gras beads and cheap leis.

post #11 of 37
Oh, Mardi Gras beads, good idea! Dh dragged home a delivery box full that I'd love to get rid of.
post #12 of 37

Glow sticks, stickers, and bubbles from the dollar store, along with a bag of smarties. :) 

post #13 of 37

I'm in the camp of CANDY. It's Halloween, it's a special day, why not? If parents don't want their kids to consume candy they usually don't take them trick-or-treating! I always hand out yummy earth lollipops because they're free of most allergens and don't have artificial dyes or flavors. However, we have a Halloween party every year and I serve healthy-ish snacks and favors to balance it out. Each of the kids will take home a goody bag of spider rings, spooky tattoos, etc.  

post #14 of 37

Our favorite natural candies are YUM EARTH Organics, they are free of all allergens I believe and non-gmo. There are suckers, wrapped candies and different gummies too. We are not handing out candy because our house isnt on a street that kids walk on but if I were it would be anything by them. Id feel better knowing I was handing out candy that is yummy AND better for you than your typical gummi bears/dum dum suckers.

post #15 of 37
I must be just weird about sugar cause I was thinking the other day that if we were going to hand out treats, I'd rather do those little bags of potato chips than candy.
post #16 of 37

Nerd Ropes, Ring Pops, and giant Pixie Sticks.  As someone else said, if people didn't want their kids to eat candy, they wouldn't take them Trick or Treating ;-)

 

I also have vampire teeth, glow bracelets, sugar free candy, and a few small bags of pistachios for a few specific kids I know who have allergies, diabetes, or other food issues (or, you know, any other kid who tells me they have allergies or whatever.  I don't need a doctor's note or anything :wink).

 

My own kid has always had a pretty good understanding of candy and limits (I am actually throwing out candy from last Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter TODAY to make room for the onslaught) so I don't worry about it much. 

post #17 of 37
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I always do hard-boiled egg pumpkins.  Color a jack-o-lantern face on the boiled egg with a black crayon, then dye it orange. Trick or treaters sometimes look at me funny, but we have never been TP'd!

 

 

I would never allow my child to eat something like that unless it was from someone we know.  

post #18 of 37
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Originally Posted by mamarhu View Post
 

I always do hard-boiled egg pumpkins.  Color a jack-o-lantern face on the boiled egg with a black crayon, then dye it orange. Trick or treaters sometimes look at me funny, but we have never been TP'd!

 

 

I would never allow my child to eat something like that unless it was from someone we know.  


Seriously? I am honestly sad for you, that you live with such fear. Would it be somehow easier to poison an egg than a piece of candy? Do you really suspect your neighbors of such things?

post #19 of 37
I usually give a choice of candy or play-doh. (The really young kids and the teens usually choose play-doh. I give 2-3 colors to each person so they can make something.) I buy the mini-sized but could not find them in bulk bags this year.

I tried giving the Yummy Earth suckers one year. My children like them but the neighborhood kids didn't like them. For years we gave out the full sized candy bars and the kids would get so excited...but they are too expensive now considering we can have over 200 hundred kids come to the door. We never know how many since there are a lot of drop-offs in our neighborhood. The past couple of years I gave the Endangered Species Halloween squares. (Similar to Dalia's comment, my conscience felt better giving fair trade chocolate.) But I forgot to order them this year so I will pick up something at the store.
post #20 of 37

I would have refrigeration concerns, to be honest but I hear it's actually COLD in some parts of the world for Halloween ;-)  so maybe not such an issue. I don't actually know my neighbors that well.  I'm not overly concerned about germs but I've recently discovered that a lot of people have pretty filthy homes and let their cats on the counters and they aren't people I would've suspected as being dirty on the down low ;-) so I might not want to eat their brownies, but a boiled egg?  What can you do to a boiled egg? 

 

My daughter would be utterly delighted by the novelty of a pumpkin egg, whether she ate it or not!  It's a super cute idea. 

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