Let us get one thing straight. I’m not against candy. I love candy. Really I do.
But I don’t think that younger kids need as much of it as they tend to get around the “candy-centered” holidays. I’m not sure about your kid, but mine is crazy enough without all the added sugar.
A few years ago, I came up with the idea of the Candy Fairy. You can read more about her here. The basics are that she powers her world with the leftover candy that kids donate in exchange for a toy. She is very kind, and allows you to keep some candy (10 pieces until you are six, and then it goes up to 15), because really, candy isn’t meth, and the holiday should still be enjoyed.
This year, the Candy Fairy is gifting little boys in Seattle a Seahawks Pillow Pet (you may be able to find them locally at Joann Fabrics – use your coupon, but I had some Swagbucks and got this beast for free).
And you may be asking yourself “what does this dirty hippy give away to trick-or-treaters”? Well, we get so few (we live on a huge hill and it used to be very popular, but frankly kids seem more lazy these days), so we can have a bit more fun. We’ve given out candy in the past, but one year we had a few glow sticks in the bowl, and those were by and far the most popular. The dollar store has loads of glow sticks for (wait for it)…a dollar. Most of them come in packs of four to twenty, so I can get enough glow sticks for 100 trick-or-treaters for $8. And since we rarely get more than 15 kids at the door, they can each have a few, and then Jack has an enormous rave with the lights off all hopped up on candy at the end of the night. Basically, everyone wins in this situation.
What are your Halloween rules? What kind of treats are you giving out this year?