How do you handle Halloween when you spend at least 90% of your time trying to avoid candy? There are so many ways depending on your preferences. In our case artificial colors and flavors are out because of the havoc they wreak on behavior. This year we have to add wheat to the list of no-no’s because we have a newly diagnosed allergy. This may sound like it leaves nothing for the kids to enjoy on Halloween, but check out the photo below and see what you think –
When my kids come home from Trick or Treating with their friends we have a deal. We sort through their haul, reserving anything that can be eaten without worry, then they trade the loot they brought home for a new bag full of treats. We live in a huge neighborhood so they bring home a ton of stuff. I try to make the trade somewhat even so they don’t feel like they’re getting shortchanged. Sophie and Max love opening the new bag, and we take the old candy to a local dentist who pays them a dollar per pound for it. Score! And I can relax knowing we won’t have unimaginable tantrums, behavior issues, and allergic reactions from now through Thanksgiving. Double score!!
So what’s in their bag? Here’s a list of what they’re getting at the end of the night:
UnReal Candy - mini chocolate/nougat bars
UnReal Candy - candy coated chocolate (like M&Ms)
YummyEarth Organic Lollipops
Junior Mints – yep, no artificial colors/flavors/preservatives
Sno Caps – also have no artificial colors/flavors/preservatives
Lay’s Potato Chips
Panda All Natural Cherry Licorice
Go Naturally Hard Candy
LifeSavers Peppermint Candy
Chocolate Chips (I’ll divide these into small bags)
Book (“Read It, Don’t Eat It”)
Have fun tonight — Happy Halloween!!
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