Halloween Without Candy Is Like Easter Without Jesus

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halloween without candyAt about this time every October, stories -- like this one -- pop up all over the place suggesting "healthy Halloween treats" or, even worse, "alternatives to Halloween candy." But this year, I cannot sit here silently and let these fun-haters go unchecked. To me, it is sacrilege to propose eliminating the key element -- the reason for the season, if you will -- from everyone's favorite holiday. How is a Halloween without candy any different from Easter without Jesus or Christmas without the cookies?

The answer is: It's not! So stop talking crazy already.

What gives me the right to speak on such important issues as Halloween candy alternatives? It's because I grew up in a house that gave away "healthy, sensible treats" and can speak first-hand about how traumatic this can be. Each year I watched my mother in horror as she handed out boxes of raisins and -- as if that weren't mortifying enough! -- pennies, too. The neighborhood kids, who were my friends the other 364 days of the year, made fun of me mercilessly. And, yes, our house was egged.

But personal shame and humiliation isn't the only reason to shun Halloween candy alternatives. Another one is: No one wants all that crap! Consider the items that people tend to suggest instead of candy -- stickers, glow sticks, Halloween-themed plastic toys from the dollar store, raisins and pennies (see above), activity books, etc. At least candy can be eaten or pawned off on friends and co-workers; this worthless stuff just clutters up the house. And there's something about getting all decked out in a killer costumer and then getting a pencil for all your trouble ... what is it? Oh yeah, it sucks!

And besides, one day of non-stop candy-eating isn't going to kill you (provided you don't have severe candy allergies or anything of the sort). You eat yourself into a sugar-coma, and then the next day it's back to normal. Deprive yourself on the most candy-filled day of the year, and you set yourself up for a dieting disaster. So the next time someone tells you to avoid Halloween candy, you tell them "an expert" advised you to do the complete opposite.


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Melan... Melanie420

glow sticks arnt really bad, especially if your walking in the dark a glow stick would help cars see you a little better if you wernt near a street light and i just like glow sticks, but all the other stuff sucks, i sometimes got soda but i liked that, i had something to drink with my candy but i hated houses that lectured halloween was a terrible holiday to celebrate and gave bible packs out or go to a house that gave pretzels, i like pretzels but not for halloween

nonmember avatar Stephanie.r.e

Could not have said it better.

Lynette Lynette

even a little bit of sugar can make DD's eczema flare up really bad and then there is weeks before we can get her skin back to baseline.  So yeah I LOVE candy alternatives

dirti... dirtiekittie

i don't care for the 'healthy replacements' as many of them tend to be homemade, and sorry - i don't care if you look like mrs. garrett on a good day, i ain't trusting your kitchen. lol that said, when we took our girls out and my youngest was just a toddler, i definitely did appreciate those houses with 'toddler fare'... like the animal cookies. that was awesome.

personally though, i'm more offended by cheap, wrong holiday of the year candy than any of the healthy stuff people give out. if your candy wrapper has hearts on it, PLEASE go buy a new bag and save us all your "thrifty" dollar store find! lol

ethan... ethans_momma06

I like a good mix. Finding a bag of Halloween pretzels in the pile of chocolate is actually a NICE surprise.

nonmember avatar Donald Barnes

This day of satan worship , in no way should be compared or even mentioned in the same breath or sentence as CHRISTMAS.
time of year , WITH JESUS CHRIST.
halloween is evil , demonic, and satanic !

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Halloween without candy is like Easter without candy; a religious holiday without the common secular trappings.

meatb... meatball77

I got some cheap toys (bouncy balls and such) to hand out.  It's not that candy is bad it can just be a little overkill when you sill have candy from last halloween because you got so much so other things are nice.

Nicho... NicholasMama608

I give out things the small bags of chips and stuff that you can buy for school lunches because DS has multiple food allergies including milk and soy.  He also can't eat candy because the sugar makes him more hyper than normal.  So I do the chips because you never know what kid has allergies or can't handle sugar.  This is a fun treat for kids and it's "junk food" but it's low sugar and most kids can eat a bag of regular chips.

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