Candy Skipping Halloween Grinches Must Be Stopped

Big Kid 31

I care about my children's health as much as any other person, but when it comes to Halloween, it's a high fructose corn syrup kind of night. I think we can manage once a year. But for those (Grinch-y) parents looking for an alternative, you may want to steer clear of pencils. The writing implement ranked as the number one Halloween "treat" kids dislike receiving according to a survey from Cozi.

Honestly, I think keeping kids from eating treats on Halloween really is a grinch-like thing to do. By all means keep candy away the rest of the year. But to withhold all the fun of trick-or treating is really to miss the point.

Oh I know parents who do the "switch witch" (kids get their candy that night and then leave out the rest at night to be exchanged for a toy), and parents who have their kids donate half. These are both happy mediums. But those parents who let their kids have none? They are seriously mean.

I know all the arguments and I know how bad childhood obesity is. I am a marathon runner who eats mostly all organic and balanced and treats my body like a temple 90 percent of the time. But the other 10 percent is junk food time.

What is childhood without the joy of a frozen Milky Way or a peanut butter cup or a blow pop? Give me five extra pounds, but don't take away my Snickers bar, please. In all seriousness, active, healthy children can indulge in sweets one day a year and not balloon up like Fat Albert. I watch what I eat, but I also eat a whole lot of junk and have managed to always have a healthy BMI and low heart rate and blood pressure. So why can't my kids?

It's all about moderation and respect for one's body. Eating a candy sometimes is FUN. Why do we have to take all the fun out of life just to be healthy? Sorry, but pretending carrots are candy or getting really fun bouncy balls is just not the same as stuffing my face with M&M's and calling it a night.

Party pooper parents, you are no fun. You just may get tricked if you don't pony up a treat.

Do you like houses that give out pencils?




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Logan... LoganTroyMom

get them outside to play and feed them normal food and portions and they'll be fine. Halloween with no candy. What's wrong with these people?

mom2m... mom2monsterboys

My eight year old must be 'odd' because yes he gets candy but he LOVES to get a pencil. I couldn't tell you why but he really does love it lol. I personally would maybe offer two options to pass out and let the kid/parents make the choice. One candy and one healthy and/or non edible.

nonmember avatar Stephanie.r.e

Love this article. I feel bad for those kids.

nonmember avatar Stephanie

My son enjoys the pencils too, there always cool colours or characterson them... he loves the candy too, but is really hoping that someone will drop a mini Play-doh in his bag this year lol!

Lynette Lynette

yeah thanks a lot!  DD is very sensitive to sugar, dairy, gluten, eggs.  If she ate even one of these her eczema would be a flare up for weeks making her miserable, unable to sleep, and itching herself till she bleeds.  yeah THAT"S SO WORTH THE PAIN just to eat some crappy candy! 

Leanne Carnegie

This year we're giving out glow bracelets.  Cheaper than candy (15/$1 @ target!), fun, but won't rot their teeth!  Win-win-win.   

kelti... kelticmom

If you dont want your child to have candy, dont take them trick-or-treating! Getting candy is the whole point of the activity.

Lynette Lynette

have you ever read up on what sugar does to the immune system?

Lulu_B Lulu_B

I completely agree--having candy one night is not going to destroy your health!! And there are healthier sweets out there, too. Plus, any kids whose parents don't want them getting candy shouldn't take their kids trick or treating, I mean, that's the whole point, right--so I'll give out candy until the day I die.

Leanne--that's a really fun idea, though! I think I would have been happy to get a glow bracelet, but I still need my candy :)

nonmember avatar jice

I don't mind when houses give out alternatives, but don't act like I should be taking all of my child's candy away. If you're a parent who doesn't want their child to eat candy then don't take them trick or treating because having them collect all that candy then taking it away is just mean (no matter how you spin it). Maybe throw a little party or something so your child doesn't miss out on all Halloween fun.

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