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Halloween Treat Alternatives

And now we come to the controversial topic of Halloween candy.  Dun, duh, duh.  Also titled, Why I like to give out candy alternatives on Halloween.

First, Halloween candy is dangerous to certain people whose name I will not mention. I hear tell, that some times a person might buy some yummy candy a month in advance.  Sadly, the so-called sale doesn’t save that person any money because that person EATS all the candy before Halloween and then that person, who is now slightly fatter, must go back to the store and buy more stinkin’ Halloween candy.  Evil candy.

Second, Halloween candy, if not consumed at the event of Halloween, might also be consumed by aforementioned adult after Halloween, furthering depression, sugar addiction and self-loathing.  Dratted candy.

Third, of course, this blog is about kids.  Sugar rots teeth blah, blah, blah.  Sugar sends kids into comas, mood swings and all sorts of pre-werewolf behaviors, you know that already.  Bad Candy.  So what?

So, while I might be sugar-free (for a week now, pat, pat) — that doesn’t mean you  have to be.  But, using the same logic, just because you are a sugar lovin’ person, doesn’t mean I have to be.  Or your neighbor’s kids. Or my kids.

Therefore, I say, stop the madness and go health-nutty with  me this Halloween!  All the cool kids are doing it.  I mean, green kids.  Hip.  Green.  Cool.  Whatever.  Everyone.  And stuff.

If, in fact, I’ve miraculously somehow convinced you, read on for my won’t-get-egged-later candy alternatives.  You don’t have to agree.  And that’s okay.  Just skip my house.

Foods
Granola bars
Gum
Teddy Grahams
Pretzels

Toys
Stickers
Plastic rings or jewelry
False teeth
Erasers
Colorful rocks
Glow in the dark toys
Small Play dohs
Pencils
Bubbles
Quarters, Dimes, Nickles, Pennies
Mini-notebooks
Key chains (U.S. Constructive Playthings has bins of key chains for cheap)

Happy Halloween!

Recently awarded the Scholastic Best Book and Reading Blog Award for her playful learning blog, Imagination Soup, Melissa Taylor is a learning junkie, recovering teacher, freelance writer and mom of two who lives in Centennial, CO.

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2 Comments

  1. Great blog. I will come back.

  2. We didn’t give away candy this year, and it was a great success! We shopped all year for marked down holiday erasers, pencils, crayons, stickers, etc. from craft stores and office supply stores. The teenagers and older children especially liked the stickers and mechanical pencils. One kid said, “Oh, boy! I need this for school!” He was talking about a mechanical pencil. We told him to take more than one. Only one little girl, about three years old, remarked that there wasn’t any candy, but she may have been too young to know the joys of crayons and colored pencils.

    An added benefit is that we didn’t have bags of candy lying around to tempt my husband and myself. Imagine the calories and pounds we saved!

    We’re going to donate the leftover to a local school, and stock up on kids’ favorites for next year.

    Kathy, who also lives in Centennial

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