Healthy Halloween treats?

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cocobutt

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 12:47
What are you guys handing out to the kiddies this year? I usually buy the jumbo bags of bite-size chocolate and candy corn stuff, but I'd prefer to avoid that if I can.

My buddy Johanne said that peanuts make Payday a fairly nutritious choice. I saw elsewhere that someone was giving out sugar-free gum. I hate to just give out a pecan and a penny like I used to get from some neighbors back in the stone ages when I trick-or-treated.

Also, can anyone recommend good treats for kids with braces? My neighbor's little girl got braces and I'd love to give her a treat that won't stick.

Thanks, buddies. Smile
Johanne

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 13:25
Maybe the Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate minis? Those shouldn't stick and have good anti-oxidants. Do they make little snack bags of sunflower seeds or other nuts?
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cocobutt

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 13:39
Dark chocolate is a great idea. Then if I slip up and cheat, the damage won't be too bad. I haven't seen mini packs of seeds/nuts, but that's another good idea. I remember when people gave out apples and fresh fruit, but parents are right to cautiously throw that stuff out these days.
Canajun

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 14:59
Oriental trading has some fun alternatives to candy. All kids love tattoos, for instance. Smile
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Runesinger

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 15:40
I just hand out Reese's. The kids like them, and at least they have a little peanut butter in them. Since I'm allergic to peanuts, I'm not tempted to eat them. The raisins, nuts, and fruit stuff? The kids just toss those.

I used to hand out caramel apples, but the parents won't let their children take anything unless it's prewrapped. The times we live in...

Everyone know that Halloween was invented by the devil to get kids addicted to candy...
Johanne

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 15:59
Ooooooh! Dark Chocolate Reeses. Give them a DOUBLE wammy. LOL. I do like the idea of tattoos though. Or maybe you could get some of those little Halloween noise makers/clickers. Their parents will LOVE you!
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cocobutt

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 16:00
Canajun, kid tats are a neat idea. I've never handed out anything but candy, so I wonder if noncandy will be a hit or a miss. Kids do seem to like happy meal-type toys. I wonder, too, how many parents are waiting at home to partake of the stash.

Rune, no way could I have any Reese's around here. I'm not allergic and those things were like crack to me!
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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 16:07
This isn't for handing out, but for my kids school party. I'm going to make banana ghosts. You cut a banana in half and stick it on a popsicle stick - put it in the freezer for a bit. Then dip them in white chocolate, then back in the freezer. Then draw eyes and a mouth on it (in chocolate) and freeze it. Its pretty healthy, and super cool for the kids. Another thing I've done is to get an orange, cut the top off (like a pumpkin) get the orange "guts" out, and cut a jack-o-lantern out of it. Then put some grapes, raisins, whatever you want in there - kids love that one too.
an00bis

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 17:06
MomofTwoGirls wrote:
This isn't for handing out, but for my kids school party. I'm going to make banana ghosts. You cut a banana in half and stick it on a popsicle stick - put it in the freezer for a bit. Then dip them in white chocolate, then back in the freezer. Then draw eyes and a mouth on it (in chocolate) and freeze it. Its pretty healthy, and super cool for the kids. Another thing I've done is to get an orange, cut the top off (like a pumpkin) get the orange "guts" out, and cut a jack-o-lantern out of it. Then put some grapes, raisins, whatever you want in there - kids love that one too.


I'm not a mother, so unfortunately I won't be making those any time soon. Regardless, that's probably the most creative set of food ideas I've seen in a long time. I just wanted to highlight how super cool I thought those were. When I was in elementary school, no one was ever that creative or put that much effort into it. All we ever got was candy corn and butterfingers. You win.

If I had to give candy out (thankfully I don't), I'd probably give those little 1-serving boxes of cereal. I know it sounds stupid, but it's not as sugary and I would take a bowl of Kashi GoLean or Chocolate Cheerios over a couple kit kats any day.

Also, I think twizzlers are probably on the lower end of the sugar scale, and they do not stick to braces.
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drmnheart

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 17:17
Definitely NOT Reeses. They would end up in my stomach! Smile Probably, anything that isn't chocolate.
cocobutt

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 17:33
MomofTwo, those are really cute ideas. The heck with the kids, I might do a variation of those for myself! Wink

an00bis, the small cereal boxes sound like a pretty good idea too. Or maybe some trail mix packs or bars if I can find them in really small sizes.
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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 18:14
Luckily we take the kids out rather than stay home and hand out stuff.

When I was a kid, as I got older anyway, anything not pre-wrapped was thrown in the garbage unless it was from a family member or close friend.

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Jada Petsch

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 18:34
My mom hands out little juices at halloween as well as candy. lol. The Juices area great since kids get thirsty running around trick-or-treating. ^.^
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TheOneAfter9...

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 20:27
You could make little goodie bags that are pre-sealed, and only buy enough candy to include in the sealed bags. The danger would be if any are left at the end of the night. Wink

The candy could just be one thing in there. The Oriental Trading stuff is a great idea... a little flashlight, stickers, something else that's cool and cute, and then maybe a candy or two. It doesn't have to be all about the candies.


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chryseius

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Posted: 16 Oct 2010, 20:42
I asked my kids and their friends. They say they like fruit leather, small juice boxes, mini microwavable popcorn bags, stickers, tattoos, glow in the dark plastic rings and spiders, the pumpkin pie and bubblegum flavoured dental floss the dentist hands out every year, and gum.

They also want me to tell everyone that licorice, coffee crisp, caramels, and salt water taffy are the yummiest candies, but it;s nice to have stuff that isn't just candy.

Also they would like to point out that if your parents KNOW the person who is making the homemade treats and you label them with your name and address and only give them to kids you know that have their parents with them then they do get to eat them. I can verify this as one lovely lady still insists on making peanut brittle, popcorn balls, and salt water taffy for the kids, and I let them eat them because I know her and walk around with my kids so I know they came from her house.
fawkesmom

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Posted: 17 Oct 2010, 00:48
I know its a tad off topic so I hope you forgive me, but I have to say that all this paranoia about people trying to hurt kids with Halloween treats is unfounded. http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp Here's a link that lists the history of bogus Halloween poisoning. Only one kid was ever killed from his candy and it was his own father who slipped the poisoned candy in his bag. Your neighbors are not secretly plotting to poison your children on Halloween. The problem with the times we live in is that we let fear control us.

That being said, I am giving out lollipops wrapped up in tissues so they look like ghosts. Chocolate would be way too much of a temptation for me, but I have no interest in lollipops.
MomofTwoGirl...

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Posted: 17 Oct 2010, 07:19
an00bis wrote:
MomofTwoGirls wrote:
This isn't for handing out, but for my kids school party. I'm going to make banana ghosts. You cut a banana in half and stick it on a popsicle stick - put it in the freezer for a bit. Then dip them in white chocolate, then back in the freezer. Then draw eyes and a mouth on it (in chocolate) and freeze it. Its pretty healthy, and super cool for the kids. Another thing I've done is to get an orange, cut the top off (like a pumpkin) get the orange "guts" out, and cut a jack-o-lantern out of it. Then put some grapes, raisins, whatever you want in there - kids love that one too.


I'm not a mother, so unfortunately I won't be making those any time soon. Regardless, that's probably the most creative set of food ideas I've seen in a long time. I just wanted to highlight how super cool I thought those were. When I was in elementary school, no one was ever that creative or put that much effort into it. All we ever got was candy corn and butterfingers. You win.

If I had to give candy out (thankfully I don't), I'd probably give those little 1-serving boxes of cereal. I know it sounds stupid, but it's not as sugary and I would take a bowl of Kashi GoLean or Chocolate Cheerios over a couple kit kats any day.

Also, I think twizzlers are probably on the lower end of the sugar scale, and they do not stick to braces.



Thanks - I just love Halloween! Another one is to cut up a few bananas in 1 inch pieces, put some peanut butter in between, and then pretzle sticks into the peanut butter, and you have a banana snake. And another one is to cut wedges from an apple, put some peanut butter in between two of them, and then some raisins and/or marshmallows for teeth. Those two are super cute too, but lots of kids have peanut allergies, so most classrooms wont allow them.

I don't know if anyone said this, but how about handing out individual raisin (or yogurt covered raisin) boxes. Won't be cheap - in my store they are $1.99 for a 6 pack, but if you don't get to many kids, you can do it. My steet, on the other hand, gets more kids than you could possibly count! Thats why I had planned on taking my kids to the zoo on Halloween so we don't even have to worry about it!
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Posted: 17 Oct 2010, 10:16


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chryseius

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Posted: 31 Oct 2010, 13:36
fawkesmom wrote:
The problem with the times we live in is that we let fear control us.


When the fear has foundation I will let it guide my actions. When I was in elementary school a classmate had her throat and mouth seriously hurt by cut pins in a caramel apple. It was horrible. They found the crazy person who did it (because she knew where the apple had come from), but it was still scary as heck!

Before that we all happily took the homemade treats. Now I only let the kids eat things from people I know.
Oddity

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Posted: 31 Oct 2010, 15:56
You know I really don't know that it matters much what you hand out. My kid cherry picks some good candy and ignores most of it. I just threw out 2 years stashes of Halloween candy. Oh and a few Easter Bunnies.

I tried to talk my son into distributing it to my neighbors. He's dressed as Achilles. I told him to tell the neighbors to beware of greeks bearing gifts. Sadly he refused. Little conformist. ; )



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