I have vivid childhood memories of Halloween carving jack-o-lanterns, making costumes, and joining up with neighborhood friends to collect our loot in large pillow cases. We would roller skate to cover the most territory, bringing home an abundant supply of sugar-filled treats. With a health-conscious mom, however, our candy was confiscated and then doled out sparingly each week, until one day it would just disappear without warning.
I also remember that our house was known as the “raisin” house as my mom gave small boxes of raisins instead of candy. After we handed out the boxes, we could hear the disappointed children report to arriving trick-or-treaters that we had raisins. My sister and I would then watch them skip our house and go to the next in search of the big candy bars.
In a way, I have become my mom because we don’t give out candy at our house. It’s not so bad for my children, though, we only give out a few boxes of raisins. Instead, we offer small treasures and healthy snacks.
I avoid small plastic and vinyl toys made in China and look online or in craft stores for useful and fun treasures.
Halloween stationery (pencils, activity pads, erasers, crayons, small coloring books)
Small crafts (necklaces, unfinished wooden kits)
Origami (A project for my kids)
Check your local health food store or co-op and you should be able to find smaller servings of organic snacks.
Even the children that are searching for the big candy bars walk away from our house pleasantly surprised. And, yes I do confiscate my children’s candy and dole it out sparingly, only to have it suddenly all disappear without warning…just like my mom did.