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Is Giving Out Candy on Halloween Adding to the Obesity Problem?

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  • snickerscharliesnickerscharlie Posts: 8,377Member Member Posts: 8,377Member Member
    At least they're hopefully walking around to get it...although I have seen people literally drive their kids from house to house...how dull

    I've seen that as well. In the large city where I used to live, some parents would drive their kids to the 'better' neighbourhoods to trick or treat. But the kids were actually walking from house to house while the parents were slowly driving down the street following them.

    I now live in a small town, and unless the parent is physically challenged in some way, it seems a shame for them to miss out on actually participating in the fun with their kids. Neighbours here know each other and most of the kids, too. A lot of times when I answer the door, I can only figure out who the kid behind the mask is because their parents are there, too. :)
    edited October 2019
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 4,059Member Member Posts: 4,059Member Member
    wmd1979 wrote: »
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    Guess it's supposed to snow here on Halloween. I think that will make them appreciate the broccoli cheddar and tomato soups I am making.

    (Kidding!)

    I have some candy left over from last year, but someone just told me it's only supposed to be good for 9 months
    , so I guess I need to toss it and buy some more.

    My girls still have candy leftover from last Halloween. Trust me, I have tried it, and its still good :smile: . They get so much on beggars night that I obviously moderate how much they can have. The assumption that kids are going to eat a full bucket of candy in a week doesn't make sense to me, however as a parent, I make sure my kids are eating more than just candy all the time. My girls are so active as it is that I have trouble keeping up with them, and at times I need to steal some candy just for the extra calories.

    So I wouldn't be poisoning the neighborhood kids? That is good, since I'd prefer to use it (although I'll need to supplement some).
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Posts: 6,357Member, Premium Member Posts: 6,357Member, Premium Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    wmd1979 wrote: »
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    Guess it's supposed to snow here on Halloween. I think that will make them appreciate the broccoli cheddar and tomato soups I am making.

    (Kidding!)

    I have some candy left over from last year, but someone just told me it's only supposed to be good for 9 months
    , so I guess I need to toss it and buy some more.

    My girls still have candy leftover from last Halloween. Trust me, I have tried it, and its still good :smile: . They get so much on beggars night that I obviously moderate how much they can have. The assumption that kids are going to eat a full bucket of candy in a week doesn't make sense to me, however as a parent, I make sure my kids are eating more than just candy all the time. My girls are so active as it is that I have trouble keeping up with them, and at times I need to steal some candy just for the extra calories.

    So I wouldn't be poisoning the neighborhood kids? That is good, since I'd prefer to use it (although I'll need to supplement some).

    What little candy I had left from last Halloween was thrown in the freezer. I could make some of the chocolate work in a chili but not in most of my soup recipes.
  • rheddmobilerheddmobile Posts: 4,901Member Member Posts: 4,901Member Member
    wmd1979 wrote: »
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    Guess it's supposed to snow here on Halloween. I think that will make them appreciate the broccoli cheddar and tomato soups I am making.

    (Kidding!)

    I have some candy left over from last year, but someone just told me it's only supposed to be good for 9 months
    , so I guess I need to toss it and buy some more.

    My girls still have candy leftover from last Halloween. Trust me, I have tried it, and its still good :smile: . They get so much on beggars night that I obviously moderate how much they can have. The assumption that kids are going to eat a full bucket of candy in a week doesn't make sense to me, however as a parent, I make sure my kids are eating more than just candy all the time. My girls are so active as it is that I have trouble keeping up with them, and at times I need to steal some candy just for the extra calories.

    My husband recently ate a Snickers we had leftover from last Halloween and it was rancid. Probably wouldn’t kill you but nasty. Anything with nuts or fats will turn rancid eventually. Sugar stays good pretty much indefinitely if kept dry. Chocolate may also “bloom” if not kept at even temperatures, which won’t hurt you but isn’t good.

    You could always taste test!
    edited October 2019
  • lauragreenbaumlauragreenbaum Posts: 796Member Member Posts: 796Member Member
    One year we ran out of candy, so we had a huge jar of coins (mostly pennies) that we put out. The kids seemed to be ok with that-we didn't get TP'd.
  • pinuplovepinuplove Posts: 12,916Member Member Posts: 12,916Member Member
    I'm still eating individual bags of Cracker Jacks from last year. They're fine but the prizes suck :lol: Anyone want a Halloween sticker?
  • snickerscharliesnickerscharlie Posts: 8,377Member Member Posts: 8,377Member Member
    One year we ran out of candy, so we had a huge jar of coins (mostly pennies) that we put out. The kids seemed to be ok with that-we didn't get TP'd.
    Kids used to trick-or-treat for Unicef, and carried a little orange box for the coins.

    Not sure why it was stopped, but it always seemed like a nice thing to do - thinking about others while loading up with goodies for yourself.

    edited October 2019
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Posts: 6,357Member, Premium Member Posts: 6,357Member, Premium Member
    pinuplove wrote: »
    I'm still eating individual bags of Cracker Jacks from last year. They're fine but the prizes suck :lol: Anyone want a Halloween sticker?

    @amkita does.
  • amkitaamkita Posts: 183Member Member Posts: 183Member Member
    I do love stickers! 💙
  • IAmWomanHearMeRoar15IAmWomanHearMeRoar15 Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    You can always give out small toys from Oriental Trading Company. It might be too late to order for this year though.

    One idea is to get glowing necklaces so the kids to wear Halloween night. No calories, very cool, and it will help keep them safe when trick or treating because they will be easier to see to cars passing by.
  • snickerscharliesnickerscharlie Posts: 8,377Member Member Posts: 8,377Member Member
    wmd1979 wrote: »
    wmd1979 wrote: »
    amkita wrote: »
    I do love stickers! 💙

    As a parent, I hate stickers. They always end up where they shouldn't and I find them months later and have to scrape them off the hardwood floors. If someone gifts my kids stickers, their kids are getting a drum set as retaliation. :smile:

    Glitter. Much cheaper. Sticks around forever. Shows up in the most inconvenient places, too. ;)

    Oh don't even get me started on glitter, or even worse, homemade slime. My girls have fallen asleep playing with that stuff and I have had to get it out of their hair in the mornings. Its terrible.

    @NovusDies I LOVE the harmonica idea and you better believe my brothers kids will all be getting them for Christmas.

    Giving the gift of music! :D
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 13,351Member Member Posts: 13,351Member Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    S'possed to be raw, windy, with a rain/snow mix here on Halloween.
    I guess a lot of kids in my neighborhood will be saved from the obesity crisis after all.
    And I'm going to have a lot of leftover gummi bears.
    Wonder if I can make gummi soup....?

    Vodka or tequila gummies are a thing. Yes, they kinda stick together. After the first handful or two, who cares? ;)

    Back in with the recipe, because you know you need it:

    https://mixthatdrink.com/vodka-gummy-bears/

    If you thought I meant alcohol flavored gummies, no: It's actual alcohol-soaked gummies. For grown-ups. ;)
  • snickerscharliesnickerscharlie Posts: 8,377Member Member Posts: 8,377Member Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    S'possed to be raw, windy, with a rain/snow mix here on Halloween.
    I guess a lot of kids in my neighborhood will be saved from the obesity crisis after all.
    And I'm going to have a lot of leftover gummi bears.
    Wonder if I can make gummi soup....?

    Vodka or tequila gummies are a thing. Yes, they kinda stick together. After the first handful or two, who cares? ;)

    Back in with the recipe, because you know you need it:

    https://mixthatdrink.com/vodka-gummy-bears/

    If you thought I meant alcohol flavored gummies, no: It's actual alcohol-soaked gummies. For grown-ups. ;)
    Guaranteed to warm you up on a brisk Hallowe'en.

    Almost as well as @NovusDies ' soup! B)
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