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... who is NOT taking my toddler trick or treating? Don't get me wrong, I love Halloween; I love trick or treating; and I love candy. But my husband and I try to be so conscientious at home to keep our children's sugar intake low and to encourage healthy habits and also to discourage commercialism and 'following the crowd' - doing things simply because everyone else does them. It feels inconsistent to me and sort of like I'd be pushing it on them (too strong a word, but I can't think of a better one right now).<br><br>
My philosophy is that the minute my kids <b>ask</b> me to take them trick or treating, I'll be all over it! But before then, it just doesn't feel right for me to get them started doing it before they are old enough to know they want to. Does that make sense? Or am I just even more strange than I thought? :LOL
 

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We're not. I never went trick or treating as a kid (was in a neighborhood with no kids) and so I hadn't even really thought about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
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Nope, not the only one!<br>
My DS wont be 2 til january.<br>
He just recently discovered what candy is! I dont want to encourage it.<br><br>
BUT we are going to our church's harvest party. They have games and the prizes are jjunky toys, candy, other snacks and I can control what they give us! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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I did not take my kids trick or treating until they asked. My oldest was in Kindergarten when he clued in to the whole trick or treating thing.
 

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I'm not taking our DD anywhere. She can help DH hand out candy if she is so inclined I suppose.<br>
I don't want her eating all that sugar and crap. That's my job. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
I also can't see how it wouldn't be super stressful trying to wrangle a toddler from house to house and get her to say "trick or treat".<br>
Maybe when she is much much older we will look into an indoor (Mall of<br>
America or something) trick or treat session.
 

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We don't go trick-or-treating in the traditional sense. We are members of a museum that arranges an annual Halloween event and we take the kids there for "trick-or-treating." Most of the treats are small toys, stickers, pencils, etc. Only a few pieces of candy are distributed.<br><br>
A small amount of candy fits into our philosophy of moderation regarding food intake. We try to teach that no food is "bad" but that there is a healthy balance we need to achieve in our diets which includes limiting some choices in favor of more nutritional choices.<br><br>
--Kari
 

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I do not think its weird or wrong. We do not trick or treat. We go to a structured event that my dh's employer does every year. They have a haunted house, jumpimh castles, food etc. it is much safer & more fun. Also they do not really need the candy at this age.<br><br>
if my dh's emplyer didn't provide this event i still would not take my toddlers. once thye are old enough to ask & really want to go then i would work out the details.
 

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we're not going either- I guess with a 16 mo I just don't really see the point <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
I did find a really cute Halloween shirt for dd in the consignment store, so I'll put that on her and probably take a couple of pictures for posterity, but that's it!
 

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With two older ones, he'll probably be going along just because they're going. He won't be collecting candy though.
 

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Another vote for not going!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Ds is 20 month old and I think that is too young to go trick or treating house to house. I think it would just be scary for him. My playgroup is having a halloween party and the kids are gonna collect treats and play games at that.
 

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We took my son last year, he was 21 mos. and loved it. He loved wearing a costume, running up and knocking on doors, and saying "trick or treat" and "thank you". He had a great time and was happy with the dum-dum we gave him at the end of the night- the candy went to mom, dad, and our grown-up friends. We aren't believers so I like making a big deal out of non-religious holidays like Halloween, Valentine's Day, and birthdays.
 

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Do whatever fits into your parenting....you are not abusing your kids for not T and T. The only reason we are taking my toddler is that we are also taking my very young 11 year old sister. She wanted him to go with and my mom wants to make a a dog outfit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We are going with our almost 3 year old and taking the baby as a prop to her costume! Maia is being Cruella Deville and Sage is a Dalmation puppy!<br><br>
We are handing out little containers of Play Dough instead of candy. Toys-R-Us had the tiny ones in bags of 20 for $4, about twice as much as candy but I feel better about myself!
 

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Yes, totally weird....<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
:LOL No of course not. My oldest asked to go when he was two, so then we brought the baby, and then the next baby, so the younger kids have been going since they were little. It is kind of funny, but every year when we go get the old halloween bags out, they are usually 3/4 full, because I put them up and only allowed them one piece a day. Then we forget about them!! But the kids seem to enjoy the whole festival environment more then the cany anyway. But I love the idea of playdough! I think that I am going to do that too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We are going, but I don't think it's weird not to. My boys just like the thrill of being out in the dark, wearing their costume and seeing all the neat costumes. We let them each have a piece of candy(my 4 year old HATES candy and usually won't even take it, my 2 year old would eat EVERY piece LOL!). By the next day, they don't even ask about the candy. Fairly easy for us. A few pieces might stick around the house, but usually DH takes it to work to pass out.
 

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My DS (24 months) will *kinda* be going trick or treating. I'll probably take him to a Halloween event at the zoo (still working out the details). When our town does trick or treating I'll probably dress him in his costume (a cow) and take him to his Grandma's house to ring the doorbell for his 3 year old Aunt (who will be handing out candy there). He loves seeing his little Aunt so that'll be a treat for him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If I'm in the mood I might take him out to his other Grandma's house for a few minutes so she can ohhh and ahhh over him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I have been t&tiing ever since i can remember... making homemade costumes and getting dressed up. Running house to house like a maniac with my two brothers and counting it up at the end of the night like it was treasure or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ...it was thrilling and so much fun how could i not take my 2yr old? I just am going to do it in moderation. I took her last year (just as a cute thing) to my grandmothers senior housing development and it put a smile on all their faces-not much candy but thats ok (she doesn't eat it anyway). This year we are doing the church harvest festival and i will probably take her to my grannys again. It is just nice to see her sooo cute and i feel like even though she won't remember much, i can show her how much we did together even though she's was little. I don't want her to miss a thing!
 

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We are dressing the kids up and walking around, but we are not actually going door-to-door for candy... the longer I can keep it away from them, the better!!!
 

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We are not taking dd trick or treating either. She would probably enjoy crowd of people, she is very friendly and social but I have some concerns, too.<br><br>
She is now only 20 months, doesn't really talk yet. She doesn't eat any candies or sweets, basically she gets a piece of cake if we are eating one but nothing beside this. She wouldn't understand what we are doing and why we are dressed up. She also hates to be dressed up, especially in those polyester costumes. So we won't do it this year, who knows when...
 
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