The other day on I said, What is everyone handing out for Halloween this year? We re doing our usual glow sticks. I d love to feature some of your new and creative (non-candy) ideas on the Charlotte Today show later this week! And I got a barrage of comments, many of which simply answered the question, but also included some of the following
I m sorry, but it s Halloween and they re children. We give out candy. This crosses the line. Too much. It s once a year! If you don t want to hand out candy, replace it with a healthy alternative treat. But substituting junk food with junky plastic crap isn t much better in my opinion. First of all, I NEVER said my kids don t get to eat candy on Halloween night. The problem is this: When some people hear that I hand out glow sticks instead of candy they make assumptions and then say (in the comments), Oh give me a break Halloween is just once a year so let kids be kids! But when you eat gobs of candy on Halloween night and then continue to eat the rest of the candy for weeks (or months) to come how is it still counted as just one night? I have no problem with my children OD ing on whatever candy they want on Halloween night and that s actually what they do with no limits or constraints from me.
But then we actually live up to Halloween being just one night and get rid of what s left (with the exception of maybe 5 or so pieces for later ). So my thought process is that children will still get PLENTY of candy on Halloween even if a few of us decide to hand out something different. Not to mention there are lots of FUN alternatives to candy (see below) that I doubt will deprive any child from just being a kid. Now, that s just my two cents on the topic. I occasionally have a hard time when commenters criticize me for something I don t even do (i. e. not let my kids trick or treat for candy) so just had to vent about that for a moment. 🙂 Secondly, how many kids actually EAT every single piece of Halloween candy? Don t the uneaten pieces (along with the wrappers from the others) end up in the land fill anyway? I promise I m not personally a huge fan of little plastic made in China gadgets either, but I didn t invent Halloween and like it or not it s all about handing SOMETHING out. I personally have a hard time seeing how a little skeleton paratrooper is a whole lot different than gobs of candy wrappers in the land fill.
Your thoughts on this? Anyway, now that I got that off my chest let s get into the fun alternatives that I had a chance to share on the Charlotte Today show yesterday! Festive Toys: (8 cents/each) and (28 cents/each) found at Party City or Target or online. Online Finds: (12 cents/each) and (22 cents/each). Themed Jokes and Trivia : something different (20 cents/each)! And since they are a partner of ours you can get 20% off with coupon code 100DAYS Coins : Mostly pennies mix in some dimes and nickels and tell them to close their eyes before picking! Glow sticks: My personal favorite and what I am handing out again this year (7 cents/each) found in the dollar section at Target. Drinks: (81 cents/each) and/or (75 cents/each) because we all know those trick or treaters get thirsty running around the whole neighborhood. If you still really want candy : How about (9 cents/each) or (83 cents/each) without or other questionable additives? What do to with all that candy at the end of the night? Invite the Switch Witch over! A big thanks to blog reader Catherine for sharing this poem with us. Also, she wants you to know she now has an on her website for you!
What are your plans for Halloween night? Many of us love giving out candy to kids on Halloween, but have you ever wondered we do this in the first place? The is a fascinating one, to say the least. Let\’s just say that the trick-or-treating history didn\’t exactly kick off with people handing out Hershey\’s or Reese\’s willy-nilly to whomever dropped by their homes. The modern-day tradition of American stems from an ancient Irish tradition called Samhaim,. Celebrated during the final harvests of the year, the Celts marked the day as one of their most important festivals. Samhaim celebrated the link between seasonal and life cycles Б with elements of magic and mystery included (sound familiar? ). Where did trick-or-treating come from? Samhaim was a pagan festival, so it was replaced in the 8th century by Catholic traditions, including new religious-themed holidays like All Saints Day, Allhallows Eve, and All Soul\’s Day. But after a few centuries passed, old customs Б like asking neighbors for cake Бbegan to make a comeback in Europe, just in a religious context this time. Believe it or not, kids used to be required to sing for their supper (err. we mean their sweets).
These songs were supposed to be sung on behalf of the dead, and the little ones went from door to door to sing to anyone who would listen. These folks gave them \” \” Б round cakes with crosses on the top Б in return. When did trick-or-treating begin? Trick-or-treating as we know it today slowly evolved in the United States as European immigrants moved to the country in waves. The first description of the words Бtrick or treatБ actually : БThe youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word Бtrick-or-treatБ to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing. Б (DonБt worry, the tone here was intended to be a playful one! ) Though the tradition was basically paused during the Great Depression and World War II, it finally resurfaced again after the war was over. Candy was much more popular around this time than soul cakes, so kids began to receive those sweets instead. So unless soul cakes make a comeback, you can probably expect to continue giving out for years to come. But don\’t expect any young people to sing to you before you dole it out! h/t