My grandmother always made popcorn balls and put them in waxed paper bags. In the 60's and 70's we would get quite a few handmade treats. But by the 1980's I think most people threw out the homemade stuff. (I was not trick or treating in the 80's but I heard people saying they would not allow their children to eat non-store bought items.) My grandmother continued to make popcorn balls and I always felt bad that she worked so hard on them. But, I understand. I do not think people would poison my children, but I am grossed out by the thought that people may not have clean hands, clean kitchen, etc. (I know....if I thought about it I would never eat at a restaurant!)
What are you handing out to trick or treaters? Will you be ditching the sugar?! - Page 2
I was trick or treating in the 80s and I can remember all the warnings about thumbtacks in red hots and razor blades in apples. First of all, who was eating red hots or apples? NO ONE. Secondly, apparently neither of those things ever actually happened. The homemade treats dried up around that time.
I did grow up in a very small town where we could and would trick or treat only where we knew people...but that was everywhere so it worked out ;-) If we lived in a neighborhood where everyone was close, I'd love to do candied apples or popcorn balls. I think I may start doing the boiled egg pumpkins for class parties.
OK, just kidding, I have no clue where to get those.
I have done chips and pretzels...just a different kind of sugar, but kids actually like those things. I remember getting apples on occasion as a kid, and we'd cut them up or something, just to be on the safe side. Or, you know, just even look at the apple, figuring if someone slid a razor blade in, we'd see it. But generally the old lady handing out apples was perfectly nice.
There were neighbors that did up a whole table, dressed in costumes and had a big witches cauldron of hot apple cider, and home-baked treats wrapped in plastic. Since we still do bake sales and homemade treats in schools here, that would not be weird to me. My mom wasn't huge on us taking homemade treats even in the 70's, but if they were with us and they saw the people giving out the popcorn balls, you pretty much felt like it was OK. She just wanted us to be sure we noticed where we got the stuff from.
I think we're going to hand out the usual junk candy, big Costco bag.
I really like the ideas of special treats for kids with allergies, no sugar, etc. I think I'll pick up some little toys and trinkets for those kiddos and put up a sign so people know we have those things. Thanks for those great ideas!
I ate some homemade treats even in the mid and late 90's. The occasional carmel apple or popcorn ball. It was only older women giving those out. I think they probably just had extra time on their hands and wanted to do something special.
I don't live in fear, but I guess my parents made such a big deal about making sure candy was well wrapped and any cookies or homemade goods were from neighbors we knew, that it rubbed off on me. I always check my kids' candy. It's just how I was raised. I don't freak about it or anything. No offense to anyone who gives out homemade goods. I know it shouldn't be that way, but I just feel "better safe than sorry."
As for sugar: I don't like my kids to have a lot of sugar, but it's Halloween, and I want them to participate in the fun. However, they do cut their candy stashes in half. We have the Switch Witch! The kids put out half of their candy for her, and in return, she leaves a gift. Something more useful and that will last longer than candy--crafts, art supplies, soccer ball or volleyball, a clothes item they want, etc. They are sweet and even leave some candy for the Switch Witch that they know their moms like. :)
We do candy and have other, non-sugar treats in the mix, like yo-yos and those little cute colored hotel size soaps. The kids can pick, and usually, the toys go first because kids get plenty of candy.
I understand the mom who is concerned about the egg pumpkins. You don't know how other people prepare their food, especially when its a big neighborhood. When I was younger, I got an apple with a needle. Didn't actually eat the needle but it was scary. This is the holiday of blood and witches and all things ugly. I love homemade treats as much as the next person, but not from Halloween unless its a party where I know the other people. Its still a cute idea, I just wouldn't let my children eat them.
That is scary you got an apple with a needle. I don't understand why anyone would do such a thing (surely not a witch) but that is why I think better safe than sorry and check all candy for tampering and don't allow homemade goods unless we know the neighbor it came from.
One guy in our neighborhood hands out fire-and-brimstone religious pamphlets in a Baggie along with a candy bar. We always just toss the pamphlet and keep the candy, no big deal, but last night I heard another mom confronting him about it, saying, "Last year my daughter was scared by the picture" (a picture of satan or something). I had to crack up -- I mean, she's bringing her daughter around to houses decorated with skeletons, zombies, blood, and all sorts of other scary stuff, and walking past people dressed up as scary things (including satan) and then complaining that something ... scared her daughter.
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I heard another mom confronting him about it, saying, "Last year my daughter was scared by the picture" (a picture of satan or something). I had to crack up -- I mean, she's bringing her daughter around to houses decorated with skeletons, zombies, blood, and all sorts of other scary stuff, and waking past people dressed up as scary things (including satan) and then complaining that something ... scared her daughter.
lol That is pretty silly! I can't stand all the scary stuff for Halloween, and my kids won't even walk into the costume aisles at the store. I remember one year we made the mistake of going to a few local stores on Halloween and some of the cashiers were dressed up really gross and creepy. My kids were scared and I was mad because they should save that stuff for parties, not for work and scaring children who don't want to be scared.
I've spent many years buying candy to have "just in case" but we never get anyone out here in the woods. Even when we lived in town, no one ever came to our house. *shrug*
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?
I isn't a huge fear issue, but rather common sense for me. It isn't that I think people would intentionally poison my children, but I don't know how the egg was prepared or if it sat out a long time. Eggs would be a potential food poisoning issue, imo. I'd probably treat something like that as more of a decoration than anything.