While I personally see no problem handing out candy during the H’ween party I’m hosting at the Five Birch Perch later tonight,* I can understand not wanting to load up neighborhood trick-or-treaters with the sweet stuff. The folks over at Green Halloween (which I’ve blogged about before) suggest the following as candy replacements:
– Honey sticks
– 100% Fruit leather
– Polished rocks
– Soy or beeswax crayons
– Glass beads
– Play doh (store-bought or homemade)
I agree with handing out stickers or other art supplies – especially if they’re Halloween related and or/educational. And although I love the concepts, I think the significance of seeds would be lost on kids, and they would probably ignore the fruit leathers or any other healthy/homemade snack. I definitely don’t agree with the idea of glass beads, or anything that could be mistaken for something edible – that just sounds like trouble to me.
Shirley Siluk Gregory over at Green/Simple Living suggests “treats like fair-trade chocolate, organic cookies and other treats appropriate for Halloween giving. Global Exchange’s Fair Trade online store, for example, features bags of fair-trade gold chocolate coins while Endangered Species Chocolate sells organic milk-chocolate Bug Bites.”
However you choose to celebrate, have a Happy Halloween!
*I’m pretty pleased with my decorating skills, but for future parties I think I may want to start focusing on a specific theme, a la the spooky genius over at My Ghoul Friday.
Garfield Halloween screenshot from Trakt