From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
I don’t know about you, but for me, the scariest part about Halloween is without a doubt what the kids love the most. Deliver us from that sack of candy, for that is the most frightening part about this season.
Yes, it’s true, I’m the Halloween Grinch. But really, after having a peanut allergic daughter and with Snickers and Reese’s being the king and queen of the holiday, you can’t blame me for being less than enthusiastic. Add to that my new Real Food lifestyle, which doesn’t fit with the normal Halloween fare.
However, there is good news! There are so many different options out there these days. I’m especially fond of the “treats” that aren’t even food. There is an ever-increasing number of kids with food allergies, but there aren’t many kids who are allergic to plastic toys. And the kids still love them! Win-win!
Here are a few of my favorite options:
I’m not entirely opposed to all candy, there are some great candy companies out there doing great things. One of those companies is Unreal, a company that is focused on making great candy of Real Food Ingredients. I am so impressed with this company! (Note: Not for kids with peanut/nut allergies.)
I’ll have you know, I’m not a complete Halloween Grinch. I do let my kids go trick-or-treating, and I even do let them eat the candy. I’m actually looking forward to Halloween this year because we have discovered a miracle treatment for my daughter’s food allergies, and for the first year she will actually be able to eat those Reese’s and Snickers, instead of being completely terrified of them (Dr. Jones at Rocky Mountain Allergy in Layton, Utah works absolute miracles, in the form of a treatment called Oral Immunotherapy). We let them enjoy a few treats, and eventually they forget about the bag of candy, and it just might disappear.
There are several things you can do with the treats your little ones receive. There are several dentists who will pay cash for the candy. One of the cutest ideas I’ve seen is called the Switch-Witch. Your child leaves out a pile of their Halloween stash, and the Switch-Witch comes in the night to switch it for an amazing switch gift. I love this idea!
What are your thoughts on candy at Halloween?