halloween candy http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9998/all en-US What NOT to Hand Out on Halloween http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-hand-out-on-halloween <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-not-to-hand-out-on-halloween" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5049432653_70e0c4656d_c.jpg" alt="vomiting pumpkin" title="vomiting pumpkin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am that neighbor who turns off her lights and closes the curtains, hoping the kids won&#39;t hear the movie I&#39;m watching blaring inside. It&#39;s not that I&#39;m a stingy person, or that I&#39;m some crank who hates holidays focused on kids. Who doesn&#39;t find it absolutely adorable when a three-year-old in a tutu shows up at the door holding out a plastic pumpkin?</p> <p>I just feel guilty about handing out loads of processed junk food to my neighbors&#39; kids. Although I am not a parent, and I don&#39;t have to deal with the sugar high at bedtime, I do like my neighbors. In the past I&#39;ve tried to come up with some amazing healthy alternative to bite-sized candy bars that won&#39;t result in egg stains on my house or a smashed jack-o-lantern the morning after. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy" title="10 Things to Do With Leftover Candy">10 Things to Do With Leftover&nbsp;Candy</a>)</p> <p>But It pained me to see the disappointment in their tiny faces when I throw in that box of raisins or snack-sized bags of pretzels or nuts (before peanut allergies became so prominent). One year, I thought I&#39;d compromise and buy organic lollipops flavored with fruit juice, and a kid dressed as Spider Man unabashedly said, &quot;Awww, these suck!&quot;</p> <p>This year, I thought I&#39;d take a different approach. I searched the Internet and asked some of the parents I know about some popular substitutes for the standard Halloween treats. What I found wasn&#39;t much different from the same alternatives to processed sugar that I have tried in the past. I did learn some new suggestions, but I can tell you from my experience with kids what doesn&#39;t work for them or their parents, and why.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a list of treats that I would NOT suggest handing out on Halloween, keeping in mind that the commentary is all in good fun but also practical.</p> <h2>1. Homemade Items</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/nohall-437289-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>This one should be a no-brainer, right? But you would be surprised at the number of people who still hand out homemade cookies and popcorn balls to today&#39;s kids. There&#39;s enough hysteria surrounding tampered Halloween candy, not to mention food allergies, that your hard work will most likely go into the trash once it gets home. Don&#39;t waste your time making treats at home.</p> <h2>2. Money</h2> <p>Kids earn more allowance than most adults earn at a minimum wage job. They will not be impressed with a nickel or quarter, and if you&#39;re handing out a dollar or more to each trick-or-treater, you&#39;re going to end up spending a lot more than you would&#39;ve on a bag or two of candy. Hand out money to homeless people instead (seriously). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-teachable-money-moments-to-share-with-your-kids">6 Teachable Money Moments to Share With Your Kids</a>)</p> <h2>3. Jokes</h2> <p>I thought it was a joke when someone told me that one of her neighbors handed out slips of paper with individual jokes on them. Half the kids showing up at your door can&#39;t read, and the ones who can will only appreciate it if it&#39;s wrapped around a piece of Laffy Taffy.</p> <h2>4. Toothpaste</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/nohall-3548054-small-ggnaods.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>While parents will appreciate the battle against all the cavities their children may get after polishing off their loot, the kids will not appreciate it in the least. Expect toothpaste smeared on your mailbox the next morning if you try this one.</p> <h2>5. Mini Pumpkins</h2> <p>It&#39;s October 31st, and kids have had an entire month of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-from-pumpkin-carving-by-baking-the-seeds" title="Get More from Pumpkin Carving by Baking the Seeds">decorating pumpkins</a> and gourds and any other winter vegetable teachers can get their hands on. Plus, they are expensive and will only add dead weight to the loaded bags of candy.</p> <h2>6. Soon-to-Be-Trash Trinkets</h2> <p>I think some trinkets won&#39;t immediately end up in the trash, but not many. Stickers, pencils, and sidewalk chalk are a few examples; however, it really depends on the age and how much you are willing to spend. As a rule, don&#39;t give them anything that they would get as birthday party favors. Leave that to the hosting parents to haggle over what qualifies as junk (below are a few more specific examples). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-than-barbie-5-free-toys-kids-will-love">5 Free Toys Kids Will Love</a>)</p> <h2>7. Whistles</h2> <p>Mom and Dad may be the ones to egg your house if you hand out whistles or noisemakers. For the sake of the neighborhood, do NOT hand out anything that makes noise.</p> <h2>8. Stamps</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/nohall-160354-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>I cannot name a single child I know (and I do have a lot of friends with children) who collect stamps or have any need for them, since their parents are the ones who stamp and address all the Thank You cards to the Grandparents.</p> <h2>9. Unfinished Wood Items</h2> <p>I couldn&#39;t believe it when I saw this alternative treat listed on an anonymous blog, with a hyperlink to an online craft store that sells wooden cutouts for adults! Most kids don&#39;t keep acrylic paints lying around, nor do their parents want to buy paint just for one small art project. This one can be filed under soon-to-be-trash trinkets.</p> <h2>10. Cartoon Band-Aids</h2> <p>This is only impressive if you hand out an entire box. One bandage will get you a, &quot;What&#39;s this for?&quot; response from every kid on the block.</p> <h2>11. Jewelry</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/nohall-3391357-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Unless you are hip to the latest craze in kid bling (and believe me, it changes weekly), don&#39;t waste your money.</p> <h2>12. Confetti</h2> <p>Aside from the expense of buying individual packages of confetti, this novelty item is sure to end its short life inside a vacuum cleaner.</p> <h2>13. Soap</h2> <p>Like the toothpaste, expect to see the remnants of this handout on the windows of your car in the morning.</p> <h2>14. Rocks and Minerals</h2> <p>The only way you&#39;re getting away with this one is if you&#39;re an elementary school Science teacher, and even then, I don&#39;t think I need to inform you about the post-Halloween looks you&#39;ll get in class.</p> <h2>15. Seed Packets</h2> <p>Most kids are not into gardening, and if they are, they would probably rather have the candy.</p> <h2>16. Apples</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/nohall-5348853-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Razor blades aside, apples are plentiful this time of year. Kids expect a &quot;treat&quot; on Halloween. If you don&#39;t want to see mopey faces, don&#39;t hand out another MacIntosh. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Great Uses for Apples</a>)</p> <h2>17. Crayons</h2> <p>Again, think treats. Kids get plenty of crayon usage at school and at home. Markers apply to the same rule. Only decorative or glow-in-the-dark writing utensils are considered a treat.</p> <h2>18. Yarn Bracelets</h2> <p>I refer you to my earlier statement about kid bling.</p> <h2>19. Trail Mix</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/nohall-4449893-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>If it has chocolate in it, some trail mix is an acceptable alternative to a Snicker&#39;s bar. But you have to weigh that with the cost of individual packages, considering that you can&#39;t make your own because of the &quot;no homemade treats&quot; rule of thumb.</p> <h2>20. Organic and &quot;Healthy&quot; Treats</h2> <p>The treats sold in health food stores, such as organic chocolate and honey sticks*, are great to give to trick-or-treaters, but most kids won&#39;t know the difference. And they won&#39;t care. Even if your conscience is on the line, these treats are wildly expensive, especially if you live in a largely populated area. You will have to turn out the lights an hour into the festivities if you go with any of the treats you find at the health food store.</p> <p>Let&#39;s face it, Halloween is the one time of year that kids are allowed to indulge. And it is up to the parents to decide how much sugar they will allow their kids to eat in one sitting. I say go buy the bag of candy and be done with it. But go while you have a few weeks left, before all the good junk food is sold out.</p> <p><em>*Note that doctors do not recommend giving honey to children under two years old.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-hand-out-on-halloween">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-time-savers-for-a-stress-free-holiday">Halloween Time Savers for a Stress-Free Holiday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-unexpected-uses-for-sugar">14 Unexpected Uses for Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-halloween-candy-from-kmart-with-a-twist">Free Halloween Candy from Kmart – With a Twist (Expired)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-dangerous-mistakes-even-safe-drivers-make">8 Dangerous Mistakes Even Safe Drivers Make</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips alternatives to halloween candy candy Halloween halloween candy halloween treats non-food halloween treats sugar Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:36:18 +0000 Ashley Watson 753933 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/candy.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween candy gets pretty tiring after a couple of days. Here are some ideas for using it up.</p> <h4>1. Homemade flavored vodka</h4> <p>Some candies dissolve <a href="/to-life-to-life-la-kayim-the-joy-of-home-enhanced-booze">beautifully in vodka</a>, creating &quot;infused&quot; booze. If you plan on making flavored booze for holiday presents or parties, now is the time to start. Besides candies, you can add coffee, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper, citrus fruits, or dried flowers. I&#39;ll bet that Wether&#39;s Originals dissolved in vodka make for some tasty shots.</p> <h4>2. Baking and sweets</h4> <p>Many candies melt in the heat of the over, leaving you with a wonderfully gooey treat. Here are some possible recipes:</p> <ul> <li>Biscuits filled with <a href="http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/01/loser_candy_cooking/">tootsie rolls</a></li> <li>Cookies with <a href="http://kids-educational-activities.suite101.com/article.cfm/what_to_do_with_leftover_halloween_candy">peanut butter cups</a></li> <li>Candy corns chopped up and added to candied yams</li> <li>Crushed Jolly Ranchers and Dummies on top of challah bread</li> <li>Brownies with &quot;fun size&quot; chocolates</li> <li>Popcorn balls with pretty much anything</li> <li><a href="http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/36/Butterfinger_Cake4513.shtml">Butterfinger cake</a></li> <li>Peppermints (the red and white kind or Peppermint Patties) mixed into hot chocolate or coffee for a cheap mocha</li> <li>Use as an ice-cream sunday topper</li> <li>Freeze until summer, and add to homemade ice cream</li> </ul> <h4>3. Cooking</h4> <li>Sweet and sour sauce (any sour candy will work)</li> <li>Pixie sticks for a porkchop glaze (red or white wine, vinegar, pixie sticks, salt)</li> <li>BBQ chipotle sauce with Smarties or Red Hots</li> <h4>4. Crafts</h4> <p>If candies get stale and seem rather inedible, consider using them for fun arts and crafts.</p> <ul> <li>Make Halloween wreath for next year </li> <li>Candy garlands or ornaments for the Christmas tree</li> <li>Mosiacs</li> <li>Candy necklaces</li> <li>Decorate the <a href="http://www.cleverparents.com/2006/10/31/mom-agination-leftover-halloween-candy-clever-ways-to-make-use-of-it/">holiday gingerbread house</a></li> <li>Christmas cards and gift wrapping decoration</li> </ul> <h4>5. Bribery/Doling</h4> <p>If you are swift enough to grab your kids&#39; candy while they sleep, it can be doled out for MONTHS as bribes. Need the leaves raked? Two Hershey&#39;s kisses per bag (not adjusted for inflation, that&#39;s what I used to get paid). OR, just slowly dole out a piece a day in kids&#39; lunches. My parents used to throw it in our Christmas stockings, too along with nuts and persimmons.</p> <h4>6. Donate it</h4> <p>Nursing homes, doctor&#39;s offices, women&#39;s shelters - everyone loves candy, and spreading the sweetness can be a great way to avoid gorging on it all yourself.</p> <h4>7. Send it to overseas troops</h4> <p>Not so much for chocolate (which doesn&#39;t travel well), but other candy is appreciated as a <a href="http://www.operationshoebox.com/">part of care packages</a> for the troops (US only, not sure about other nations&#39; deployments).</p> <h4>8. Take it to the office</h4> <p>Adults are sometimes able to restrain themselves a little bit more than kids - share those sugary goodies with coworkers.</p> <h4>9. Keep some in the car for emergencies</h4> <p>I keep a small stash of sugary candies in my car. I&#39;m diabetic, and every now and again, I go into insulin shock, meaning that I need to eat something sugary, fast. Car candy has been a saving grace a number of times. Also, you never know when you&#39;ll be trapped in the car for hours with no food or water - candy can be a welcome distraction or sustenance if caught on a moutain pass during a rock slide or the freeway behind a massive accident.</p> <h4>10. Make an Advent Calendar, Pinata, or Holiday Centerpiece</h4> <p>The countdown to Christmas used to be one of my favorite things about the holidays. <a href="http://www.alphamom.com/holiday/2008/10/repurposing_your_leftover_halloween_candy_.php">Alpha Mom</a> has some really great ideas for decorating during November (she counts down the month of November with her adorable advent calendar).</p> <p><em>What do you do with your leftover candy?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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