5

votes

Any tried and true Paleo-ish Trick or Treat suggestions

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I want to know what people have tried to hand out (that is Paleo-ish) to kids for trick or treat that has been a success (I know it's hard to know, but maybe you saw a positive reaction or heard word of mouth through your neighbors or kids that your treat was a success). I'll entertain all responses, but prefer something that won't break the bank. Plenty of threads with suggestions...I don't need those...only tried and true.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Wait, what's this about santa claus? I have been good all year and haven't cheated with wheat once! I was hoping for some reindeer jerky -- Now you have ruined it for me :(

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I agree...homemade would be wasting my time and money. I myself won't eat stuff that other people make.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I love it! Great idea!

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:37 PM

I might add, I was a weird kid myself...I hated sweets. I threw away my candy every year. I was actually happy when someone gave me an apple (but I wasn't allowed to eat it...like that little old lady was actually sticking sharp objects in apples...). Not every kid wants candy.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Like this idea too...no harm in annoying my neighbors! Ha, ha!

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Wiseguys...lol!

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I like this idea...a little more than I want to spend, but I feel that if the kids don't eat the jerky, the parents will...so my money won't be wasted.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:32 PM

FYI - I don't have kids and never plan to have them. I'm just trying not to make more kids obese and strung out on sugar. Sometimes a third party makes a lasting impression on a child.

D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

(487)

on October 17, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Wisper, how is this any different from the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus?

D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

(487)

on October 17, 2012
at 02:36 PM

You have to know your neighborhood. Why would you trick or treat in a neighborhood where you don't know the people around you? I knew every single person I knocked the door on, so it wasn't really an issue. I'd never even heard of the razor blade thing until now. Such a lost in trust in people. :( And @Steve: lol, I loved the Prunes as a kid, and I wasn't even Paleo at all!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 16, 2012
at 07:49 PM

^Beer, definitely give out beer.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 16, 2012
at 02:05 PM

here they are: http://www.amazon.com/LITTLE-HUGS-BARRELS-ASSORTED-FLAVORS/dp/B0036GG76G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350396209&sr=8-1&keywords=huggies+juice+drink it's a fruit drink.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on October 16, 2012
at 09:15 AM

I wonder how your kid feels when she realizes you've been lying through your teeth to her for years.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 16, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I've heard a secondhand story of a mom friend of a mom I know who found a razor blade in her kids' Halloween candy. Just heresay, certainly not documented. I figure, better safe than sorry.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 16, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I've heard a secondhand story of a mom of a mom I know finding a razor blade in some of her kids' Halloween candy. Not documented, and simply heresay. I figure, better safe than sorry.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 15, 2012
at 08:52 PM

I remember one lady on our street gave out applesauce squeeze things, those were great.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:49 PM

My friend told me that there have never actually been any cases of a child being hurt from halloween candy. Anyone know of an actual documented case? (And really if someone wanted to poison a kid, they could easily use a hypodermic needle through a wrapper.)

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:46 PM

Depending on the age of your child, you can tell them about the Sugar Sprite. Basically, the idea is that the Sugar Sprite has a beautiful castle made of candy that needs to be spruced up once a year (if you get into details like peppermint stick columns, etc the kids really "eat it up"). If they leave all their candy minus one piece per year old they are in a bag on their bedroom door, then the sugar sprite comes and takes the candy for the "good cause" and leaves them a thank-you gift (I usually do legos or a book). My daughter is 7 and has gone for it for the past 3 years.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Such a shame about the homemade goodies. I loved the houses that had homemade popcorn balls when I was a kid. Sadly, a lot of the fear was caused by newspaper articles and rumors of events that never actually happened.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:14 PM

MathGirl - just what I was wondering. Here in the US, Huggies would be the last thing I would have wanted at Halloween.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:12 PM

+1 the yucky, rubber bugs and spiders! Off to shop, maybe pickup some snakes and lizards too.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 15, 2012
at 04:41 PM

I second the Play-Doh. I have given that out for years (along with a can of beer for the chaperoning adults.) My house is always a hit.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:58 PM

What are Huggies, besides a popular brand of diapers in the States?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Don't eat it...not a problem.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:43 PM

good idea about the larabars! they have come out with mini size bars that are about half the size as the regular. those would be perfect.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Any homemade treats from someone I don't know well go straight into the trash.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:30 PM

playdoh has flour. not paleo.

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

(385)

on October 15, 2012
at 02:05 PM

hahaha! I wonder what the other parents would think of that! :)

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on October 15, 2012
at 01:57 PM

Ever see that SNL skit the conesheads Halloween?

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 15, 2012
at 01:35 PM

When I was a kid if you gave us prunes they would be thrown back at your house after you closed the door.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 15, 2012
at 01:31 PM

I'd agree with that logic if it were a kid's birthday party -- Let them eat cake! But the amount of candy they are going to get is ridiculous. Hell we end up throwing 75% of it into the trash to keep it out of our kid's mouths. so if there is anything I can do to reduce that, then I am all for it.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on October 15, 2012
at 01:28 PM

mmm, dried bison lung

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I did consider that. After all, it isn't *my* kids that will be eating it. I figured we would be left with a shit-ton of leftovers if I did that so decided against it! =)

  • B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

    asked by

    (1495)
  • Views
    1.9K
  • Last Activity
    1282D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

16 Answers

8
59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 15, 2012
at 12:38 PM

I hand out Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, it's one day a year let the kids have some fun

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 15, 2012
at 01:31 PM

I'd agree with that logic if it were a kid's birthday party -- Let them eat cake! But the amount of candy they are going to get is ridiculous. Hell we end up throwing 75% of it into the trash to keep it out of our kid's mouths. so if there is anything I can do to reduce that, then I am all for it.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I did consider that. After all, it isn't *my* kids that will be eating it. I figured we would be left with a shit-ton of leftovers if I did that so decided against it! =)

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on October 16, 2012
at 09:15 AM

I wonder how your kid feels when she realizes you've been lying through your teeth to her for years.

D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

(487)

on October 17, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Wisper, how is this any different from the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus?

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:46 PM

Depending on the age of your child, you can tell them about the Sugar Sprite. Basically, the idea is that the Sugar Sprite has a beautiful castle made of candy that needs to be spruced up once a year (if you get into details like peppermint stick columns, etc the kids really "eat it up"). If they leave all their candy minus one piece per year old they are in a bag on their bedroom door, then the sugar sprite comes and takes the candy for the "good cause" and leaves them a thank-you gift (I usually do legos or a book). My daughter is 7 and has gone for it for the past 3 years.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Wait, what's this about santa claus? I have been good all year and haven't cheated with wheat once! I was hoping for some reindeer jerky -- Now you have ruined it for me :(

6
3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 15, 2012
at 11:56 AM

I picked up a box of Jack Link's beef jerky 50 calorie packs, assorted flavors for $40 (originally $50, $10 off coupon) at Costco this weekend. Not grass-fed certainly, but much better than candy.

Dc0b6400ec0a34615510f4e01cedab28

(385)

on October 15, 2012
at 02:05 PM

hahaha! I wonder what the other parents would think of that! :)

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I like this idea...a little more than I want to spend, but I feel that if the kids don't eat the jerky, the parents will...so my money won't be wasted.

5
45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

(923)

on October 15, 2012
at 01:27 PM

A few healthy food ideas: clementines, small bags of dried apple chips, boxes of raisins, snack size bags of almonds, squeeze bags of natural applesauce, larabars. Kind of expensive options though, depending on the amount of trick-or-treaters you get.

Other ideas: non food items such as pencils or little halloween themed trinkets, gum

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on October 15, 2012
at 08:52 PM

I remember one lady on our street gave out applesauce squeeze things, those were great.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:43 PM

good idea about the larabars! they have come out with mini size bars that are about half the size as the regular. those would be perfect.

5
61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 12:35 PM

I usually pass out mini containers of Playdoh or Floam. Costco didn't have either this year, so I picked up a box of mini bags of popcorn. Not the greatest, but better than high fructose corn syrup laden candy.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Don't eat it...not a problem.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 15, 2012
at 04:41 PM

I second the Play-Doh. I have given that out for years (along with a can of beer for the chaperoning adults.) My house is always a hit.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:30 PM

playdoh has flour. not paleo.

3
6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

(2177)

on October 15, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Flint arrow-heads, stones, dog bones, dried bison lung, beef heart chews, fermented fish heads, etc etc.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 16, 2012
at 07:49 PM

^Beer, definitely give out beer.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on October 15, 2012
at 01:57 PM

Ever see that SNL skit the conesheads Halloween?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on October 15, 2012
at 01:28 PM

mmm, dried bison lung

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Wiseguys...lol!

2
1a0976c846702f549ee4df0d811098be

(972)

on October 16, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Our first year doing paleo, I wanted to give out clementines, but my husband was sure our house would get egged if we didn't give out candy. I filled a bowl half with Reese's cups and half with clementines that I had painted to look like jack-o-lanterns and let kids choose. The clementines were gone WAY before the Reese's. I try to do that every year now.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I love it! Great idea!

2
9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on October 16, 2012
at 09:14 AM

Don't be that guy.

2
D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on October 16, 2012
at 03:43 AM

Candy is half the fun of Halloween, and it's really the only time of year I'm interested in eating it. I'm 24 and love Halloween more and more every year...

That being said, dark chocolate I think is a reasonable option. I tend to give out dark chocolate and vintage candy first. And then I run out and have to go to the store for whatever's left on the shelf at 8pm on Halloween night...

By the way, growing up, non-food treat were a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. I was a practical kid. I had no use for cheap spider rings, pencils, and stickers. I threw them away immediately. Every kid I grew up with felt the same way.

2
A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

(2043)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:31 PM

One year I gave out those little "snaps" things that you throw at the ground and they make noise. The kids loved them, the neighbors...not so much.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Like this idea too...no harm in annoying my neighbors! Ha, ha!

2
7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 15, 2012
at 01:51 PM

We passed out halloween pencils/pens and yucky, rubber bugs and spiders last year. Kids seem to like them.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:12 PM

+1 the yucky, rubber bugs and spiders! Off to shop, maybe pickup some snakes and lizards too.

1
3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 16, 2012
at 03:31 AM

F it...its Halloween man, just give the kids some candy.

1
F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on October 15, 2012
at 04:14 PM

When I was a kid, we passed the word when a house gave out healthy stuff so we'd know not to go there.

1
32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on October 15, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I'd hand out eggs and TP to the kids who get fruit from y'all. I'm sure they'd appreciate it. ;)

1
089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:42 PM

do you usually get a big crowd or it is just a few kids? i always LOVED getting Huggies when i went trick-or-treating so i could have something to drink while i was walking around. maybe handing out boxes of coconut water would be nice. you could also get individual packs of nuts/trail mix from trader joe's.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:14 PM

MathGirl - just what I was wondering. Here in the US, Huggies would be the last thing I would have wanted at Halloween.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 16, 2012
at 02:05 PM

here they are: http://www.amazon.com/LITTLE-HUGS-BARRELS-ASSORTED-FLAVORS/dp/B0036GG76G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350396209&sr=8-1&keywords=huggies+juice+drink it's a fruit drink.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:58 PM

What are Huggies, besides a popular brand of diapers in the States?

0
D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

(487)

on October 15, 2012
at 01:34 PM

The individually wrapped prunes! You can also make a big batch of spiced nuts and put them in little baggies. Craisins, raisins, and dried fruit. Jerky. Maybe dark chocolate, since it's a once a year thing? That would be easy to find.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on October 15, 2012
at 01:35 PM

When I was a kid if you gave us prunes they would be thrown back at your house after you closed the door.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Any homemade treats from someone I don't know well go straight into the trash.

D1908552223e8a97b17f02a90cf795bf

(487)

on October 17, 2012
at 02:36 PM

You have to know your neighborhood. Why would you trick or treat in a neighborhood where you don't know the people around you? I knew every single person I knocked the door on, so it wasn't really an issue. I'd never even heard of the razor blade thing until now. Such a lost in trust in people. :( And @Steve: lol, I loved the Prunes as a kid, and I wasn't even Paleo at all!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on October 15, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Such a shame about the homemade goodies. I loved the houses that had homemade popcorn balls when I was a kid. Sadly, a lot of the fear was caused by newspaper articles and rumors of events that never actually happened.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:49 PM

My friend told me that there have never actually been any cases of a child being hurt from halloween candy. Anyone know of an actual documented case? (And really if someone wanted to poison a kid, they could easily use a hypodermic needle through a wrapper.)

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 16, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I've heard a secondhand story of a mom of a mom I know finding a razor blade in some of her kids' Halloween candy. Not documented, and simply heresay. I figure, better safe than sorry.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 16, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I've heard a secondhand story of a mom friend of a mom I know who found a razor blade in her kids' Halloween candy. Just heresay, certainly not documented. I figure, better safe than sorry.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I agree...homemade would be wasting my time and money. I myself won't eat stuff that other people make.

0
7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

(2064)

on October 15, 2012
at 12:24 PM

I'm going to lock the doors and switch off the lights :-)

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!