Trick or Treats Without Candy

Two different handmade Halloween boxes with treats from previous years.

Two different handmade Halloween boxes with treats from previous years.

I have been putting out my Halloween decorations this week and came across left over treats I gave to trick or treaters in previous years. Personally, I don’t like giving candy or sugar to children, but I still want to give trick or treaters something they’ll really enjoy. So, every year I make little handmade boxes and fill them with fun things like spider or bat or skull rings. The kids seem to love coming to my house and seeing what I’ve made for them each year. It’s fun to do,  and I get to feel good about what I am giving them.

Clamshell box I made from black paper with gold glitter webbing. I put the spider ring inside wrapped in orange tissue paper and tied the box with raffia.

Clamshell box I made from black paper with gold glitter webbing. I put the spider ring inside wrapped in orange tissue paper and tied the box with raffia.

When my children were young, my husband insisted on taking them trick or treating for hours. They ended up wired for weeks until their Halloween candy was gone. It was awful! So, I made a rule that they could eat as much of their candy as they wanted, but at the end of 24 hours any candy that hadn’t been eaten got thrown out! Then, once the rule was firmly understood, I went and bought toys and healthy foods I knew they liked and traded them for as much of the candy as they were ambien willing to part with before starting the 24 hour clock when they came home from trick-or-treating. I only had to deal with 24 hours of wild hellions and I kept as much candy as I could out of their young bodies.

I am getting ready for Halloween trick or treaters.

I am getting ready for Halloween trick or treaters.

I have fond memories of past Halloweens and enjoy having trick or treaters come knocking at my door.

Happy Hauntings, Candy

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