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9 Responses to Halloween Candy Alternatives

  1. shawna

    Great ideas! I think I will be starting our own family tradition this year, not sure what yet but I like that idea best. May I add one more about buying back candy… A local dentist is paying $1 per pound to anyone who brings in their candy and then sending it overseas to our troops. I think that’s a wonderful idea! I’m considering buying the stuff that goes on sale the day after just to donate to him.

  2. Kat @ Loving {Almost} Every Moment

    Great ideas Dionna!

    We are doing our trick or treating at select houses and we have already talked to our daughter about the candy situation. She knows she will only get to keep a few that are OK and the rest we will not keep. I think I like the trade in idea!

  3. Megan

    I’ve brought over toys to my parents’ house to ADD to their candy bowl (because I can’t get my mom to not buy candy, despite the fact that both my parents are diabetic) and most of the children under 5 will choose a toy or a glow bracelet even when candy is in the same bowl.
    Oh, I’ve also heard of having a “candy fairy” come on Halloween night, after the kids indulge with a few pieces, and take the candy but leave a toy. It’s a twist on the trade idea – it makes it a little less optional and a little more magical, kind of like the tooth fairy.
    Great post, BTW! May I copy it for my school? I teach the toddler class so for my students it’s pretty much the first Halloween experience they’ll remember.

    • Dionna  

      Your parents sound like mine Megan ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I’ve heard of the candy fairy too. We won’t be doing it for a number of reasons, but I understand the allure!
      You are absolutely welcome to use the article for your school. I’d appreciate it if you included a note that credits/links to NPN – perhaps one of your parents would find the site beneficial ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  4. Sarah

    All of these are great ideas. Thank you for sharing them. I have a almost 2 and a half year old son & we are VERY conscious about him having no foods with sugar / chocolate. However, it’s hard because you get tremendous pressure from other parents like we are doing something wrong and that we are depriving him of a “normal” childhood because we don’t give him candy and sweets all the time. Halloween, and well childhood in general, doesn’t have to be filled with sugar. We are just trying to establish a healthy lifestyle for him and help him to make good choices for him. Thank you for showing it is possible ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dionna  

      There is a lot of pressure! It’s sad that we have entire holidays that revolve around HFCS. What a boon for Nestle.

      • Sarah

        That is very true. It has become too comercialized and too much about candy and the buying of things. It is sad really because the holidays are about SO much more than that. They should be about good, quality, and healthy time with your children but the huge candy focus tends to win over. Sad ๐Ÿ™

  5. Melissa  

    These are excellent ideas! Thank you so much!

  6. Melllic

    A year ago I designed a Halloween themed papercraft which I sell at a local events. We had some left over and handed them out last Halloween, the little kiddies were so excited for something different, so I decided to start selling papercaft handouts for others who are looking to hand out something new.