Instead of giving out candy, how about giving out toys ? This is something a few of my neighbors have started to do. They've been giving out plastic spider rings, eye ball rings, Halloween stickers, Halloween pencils, etc.
Amazon (Target/Walmart) carry bulk Halloween toys for $15 or less. That's probably less than most people pay for trick or treat candy.
@URBANREDNEK There are a couple of Little Free Pantries in my area that I know of. One is about 2 blocks from my house. It shares a space with a Little Free Library. The other is in a neighboring town. A girl scout troop built a bigger version to bridge a gap for people who need some things for 1 or 2 meals.
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I love that Little Free Pantry idea - wish we had something like that around here!
Our neighbourhood is in the transition phase where the kids are mostly late teens now, with just a few new people moving in with little ones, so the number of kids we see has gone down dramatically. I had well over 150 back in 2010, but only 17 this year.
We still buy a goodly amount of the small candy bars, and the excess gets split in to our vehicle winter emergency kits (always good to have some high calorie items for a quick energy boost if needed), and anything more than that we take in to a local business that employs mostly young people at minimum wage (oil change place, tire shop, non-chain hardware store) and get the manager to put the candy bars in the break room for the staff. These young people work hard and don't often get noticed, so they are really appreciative.
Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
I brought what I had to the Little Free Pantry for someone to enjoy. Yes, a lot of dental care places have donation sites to bring it to and then they send it somewhere; many send to troops serving overseas.
I didn't have any trick-or-treaters yesterday evening. I have had 1 in the 4 Halloweens I have lived here. I wanted to be prepared because I know there are some children in my neighborhood. So, in the end, I have candy in my house! Not necessarily good...lol.
So, I needed a way to get it out of my house without throwing it out because that would be wasteful. Then it hit me: There is a Little Free Pantry a couple of blocks from me. A Little Free Pantry is like a Little Free Library where you can take a book or leave a book except with shelf stable food. It will go there for someone who can control their candy consumption!
How are you controlling things? Some places here allow people to donate the excess and they send it to the troops.