So you may have read about my Halloween candy buy-back plan. My kids are already complaining about it. (Tough.) But they are protesting even more about my suggestion that I might hand out something other than candy to trick-or-treaters who come to our door this year.
“Mom! Please don’t!”
“You’re just asking to get egged.”
“I’m not helping you clean up when somebody who wanted candy TPs the house.”
“Why don’t you just not answer the door. That would be better.”
But I like answering the door when trick-or-treaters are on the porch. I love to see the wee little princesses and the toddlers wearing costumes so bulky that they are in near danger of toppling over backwards. I love the clever costumes that don’t come from a store — last year’s favorite was the Geico stack of money.
So just not answering the door doesn’t seem like an option. However, I am trying to think of something a little more fit-friendly to hand out this year. I have a neighbor who, teasingly, gives little raw broccoli florets to the kids he knows. (Once he’s gotten the desired look of shock out of them, he coughs up the sugary stuff.)
Broccoli aside, here are a few things I’ve come up with as possibilities for handing out on Halloween night:
- Halloween themed pencils
- Individual packs of pretzels
- McDonald’s Halloween coupons ($1/12 and good for mostly healthier options)
- Silly bands (bought in bulk)
- Sugar-free gum
- Lower sugar granola bars
I really wanted to list 10 things, but I’m running out of ideas. Maybe you have some suggestions?
Is it worth trying to swim against the candy current? Are my kids right? If I hand out pencils or stickers, will I be cleaning eggs off my front porch the next morning?