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  • #16
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    Heck, you can go to just about anywhere and buy bags of individually wrapped Dove's dark chocolates. A bit more expensive than Snickers or M&Ms, but not as expensive as buying organic stuff.

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    • #17
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      I think the trinkets are a great idea- as long as they're something good- like temporary tattoos.


      On the candy scale, gum can be a relatively harmless treat.

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      • #18
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        Ah, Halloween, the madness. I let my kids have free reign on Halloween night, and they usually do feel like crap afterwards. Then I let them have three or four pieces the next day and then we toss it, in the trash, no questions asked. I remember hoarding mine until Christmas, portioning it out just so so that I would never be without my chocolate. I was obsessed.

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        • #19
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          Sometimes my mom will make up bags of school goodies like halloween themed erasers, pencils, etc...


          Our kids wanted to participate in the school chocolate bar drive this year - I think the product this year is very large caramilk bars. We felt pretty horrible saying no to that. They're getting to know the primal ways pretty quick though.

          I grok, therefore I am.

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          • #20
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            make chocolate covered bacon and give it out

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            • #21
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              I'm a primal parent and this year I'm hosting a halloween party. I'll be making treats, such as nutclusters with honey, dark chocolate primal brownies, berries covered in dark chocolate, nut butter truffles covered in dark chocolate, and coconut cream berry ice cream. (I'm having my bday on halloween too, so I needed some primal treats instead of SAD bday cake.)


              I will allow my son to trick or treat. He will get a few "treats" on halloween, 1 treat the next day, and the rest goes in the trash.


              I believe that creating a forbidden fruit type of relationship with sugar can be very dangerous. My type 1 diabetic hubby can attest to this. In our house we have foods that help our bodies, and "once in a while" foods that aren't good for us, but in very small moderation (in my opinion) will not harm us. They do not have a place in our pantry or fridge, but celebrations, gifts, etc. I believe are ok to partake in.

              The more I see the less I know for sure.
              -John Lennon

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              • #22
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                i think the non-food treats is an awesome idea. I am going to push this idea to my wife. Of course, we will probably be out with our two little girls, so it may not matter at all.


                Of course now we have the issue of having to explain why our 2 year old's candy bonanza secretly disappears.

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                • #23
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                  I've been thinking about this a lot. Mostly because I want to be able to use what's left! What about pumpkin seeds? Now I just have to find a place to get them wholesale!


                  Edit: Found this site, has some good ideas

                  http://www.greenhalloween.org/content.php?page=treats

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                  • #24
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                    I thought I'll revive this thread since Halloween is only a few days away. I have lots of kids living in my community and would love to have them come T or T to my house but there's no way I'm going to give them candy. I'm thinking of giving them pencils or other such stuff. What are you all doing?

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                    • #25
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                      A squirt with a water gun!

                      I grok, therefore I am.

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                      • #26
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                        LOL! I would do that only if I want the parents to boycott our house in the future.

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                        • #27
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                          acmebike...

                          do that and guarantee your house will be egged (well-at least they are primal!)

                          good suggestions already-Dove chocolate or Hershey Special Dark, trail mix, temp tatoos...all good ideas. I'd go with the chocolate.

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                          • #28
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                            There will be sugar at my house. It has been decided. 300+ kids will get sugar sugar sugar to their racing hearts' content. Much insulin will be spent, but not by me! Won't touch the stuff. I pray that one parent that stops by my house will throw the candy out! Just one!


                            Jerky will be on hand for the odd Primal pal that should stumble by....

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                            • #29
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                              Don't give socks for Christmas no matter how appropriate. Na mean?

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                              • #30
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                                For all the parents out there that are in the predicament of taking their kids out for trick or treating but don't want the junk in their house...


                                The idea that my wife came up with tonight was, we do a small round of trick or treating (maybe one street). After that, they get to pick ONE and only one treat out of their bags. Now, we are going to have a goodie bag on hand for each of them. It will contain some treats that we approve of, a small stuffed animal (or something), and some other great goodies that they would love to have. So, at the end of the night after they eat their one piece of candy, then they will trade their collection of trick or treating candy for our 'Super Fantastic Awesome Loot Bags'. I think it's a decent compromise.


                                Then, I can offload the junk to the people at work that like to drink pop in the morning and wash it down with a super-massive caramel-chocolate bar...sometimes two.

                                I grok, therefore I am.

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