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Halloween and Paleo Kids...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 06, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Ack! It's October, time for the Annual Dress up and door to door collection for childhood Diabetes...

Let's discuss great ideas for the kids, parties, etc that are Paleo and candy free, but still good fun for the kids.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on October 28, 2011
at 08:43 PM

I forgot to add I posted a fun Halloween appetizer on my blog: blood-shot eyeballs (made from egg, chicken, veges and either oil or mayo depending on your Paleo "strictness" ). My three-year-old twins thought they were great! http://lowoxalatefamily.wordpress.com/

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on October 28, 2011
at 08:23 PM

I also use this approach although for food sensitivity/allergy issues I'm going to have to take a lot of it away from them before they begin the sugar fest.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

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on October 28, 2011
at 08:16 PM

A dentist in my neighborhood growing up gave out toothbrushes every year, and we all started avoiding his house. Maybe if word gets around that you only give out raisins and toothbrushes, you'll get a lot fewer trick-or-treaters to worry about next year!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 25, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Target? Seriously? I am soooo looking for those!

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

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on June 24, 2011
at 11:00 PM

have you seen the minis? I found boxes of them at Target. We barely get any Trick Or Treaters so you just gave me a great option. thanks!

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

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on June 24, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I'm printing this!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on April 26, 2011
at 06:02 PM

5 a day? I ate half a pillowcase in two days. Sorta. My mom helped, but she was "helping" 3 kids.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 12:16 AM

We sent the troops beef jerky care packages... Don't want to poison our troops

9dce97b4c4762a78a577a11585eef8f2

(1239)

on October 10, 2010
at 06:13 AM

"...other than maybe setting up bad habits." Um...this seems like a pretty big deal to me. Most adults I know are still dealing with the negative habits they developed as children, in one way or another.

5be844214037850c304c1e6a05dc5277

on October 08, 2010
at 05:08 AM

Haha fair enough, spot the guy who doesn't have any kids ;) I loved my lollies too I don't think I ever had a cache stored lasting weeks though haha

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(1626)

on October 08, 2010
at 02:18 AM

If a child eats junk food but then does not feel well afterward and wishes to not go back then that is HUUGE! This allows for a better chance that they actually do not request junk food in the future. They are learning from experience instead of just taking your word for it!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 07, 2010
at 02:04 PM

handing out little travel toothbrushes!? hilarious. i love it.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 07, 2010
at 01:42 PM

Insatiable and efficient ...love it. This accurately describes me as a kid, too.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:09 PM

What? Nobody suggested beef jerky or pemmican? What kind of Paleo site is this? ;)

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:06 PM

Lol!! My Halloween candy always lasted well past Easter - and I ate some every day. We knew which houses gave the best stuff and planned accordingly. People used to give a much wider variety of stuff back then - fruit, money, cans of soda, popcorn balls, homemade stuff like cookies/brownies - not just standard bag candy.

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on October 07, 2010
at 08:50 AM

I agree it has to come from them. I took mine to McDonalds the other week the they not only could not finish the food and drink but said that it did not make them feel good and they don't want to go back !!!

415ce5b8f88f4d762fa946f9f43d94b6

(564)

on October 07, 2010
at 06:43 AM

This is not a bad idea for low-volume neighborhoods. I'm thinking presidential dollar coins for the kids and wooden nickels for the teenagers that come around late.

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on October 07, 2010
at 05:02 AM

100 to 200 grams!!!! You obviously have NO IDEA how much candy I was able to haul in each year as a kid. On holloween night, I had to go back to my house several times just to unload the weight of the candy and then I would go back out again to collect more. We plotted our routes accordingly. Afterwards, we had trading parties to trade ones we didn't like for ones we did like. And I ate like 5 candy bars a day for months. If it were only a few candy bars, I would not worry. What I worry about is kids that are like I was, ie both insatiable and very efficient!

13b40c07d0aab810f48eec3d04877010

(410)

on October 07, 2010
at 04:06 AM

the "candy fairy" used to come to my house and leave coins for halloween candy... last year though our family dentist took part in the "cash for candy" program ($1/lb, raffle prizes)so we got rid of the entire bag at once!! This a nationwide program, so check with your dentist...

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 07, 2010
at 02:46 AM

Yea, a party with your kids' friends - or just enjoying with family - is the intended backdrop for the chili/soup, pumpkin seeds, and apples.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 07, 2010
at 01:40 AM

Now that I think about it you're probably on to something. Likely not worth the risk of setting off a theretofore undiscovered allergy! But...by that same idea, when would one ever serve nuts to guests?

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

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on October 07, 2010
at 12:45 AM

I think the chili is for parties where you have your kids' friends over. I can't imagine anyone, paleo or not, inviting kids in for a bowl of chili. :)

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on October 07, 2010
at 12:37 AM

I'd probably avoid the nuts, in this day and age...

F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

(678)

on October 06, 2010
at 03:50 PM

I agree I'm not keeping my kids from enjoying the holiday and part of it is candy. They live 99% of the year eating like saints so on easter/xmas/halloween I let them have at it. I think they learned a good lesson last year when they pigged out and then laid around feeling sick. As is the case with most things you can't just tell them "candy isn't healthy" they need to experience it. Anecdotally, I had Capt Von Trapp type parents that never let up on me in regards to sweets, alcohol, smoking, friends etc and when I hit 16 I rebeled so hard they nearly disowned me (and nearly went to juvie).

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on October 06, 2010
at 03:00 PM

havent kept up on the adult onset celiac to be honest. I suppose i did post a bit bodyweight-centric there. Def didnt mean to use that as the only rubric. I suppose i didnt express that we all keep very paleo in the house 90% of the time so i was kind of viewing halloween in light of that was all.

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(22913)

on October 06, 2010
at 02:36 PM

Have you seen the latest on adult onset celiac? Apparently our childhood can hurt us even if no apparent reaction. Plus weight is a very small part of the equation

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B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on October 07, 2010
at 12:12 AM

I plan on letting my kids devour as much of the junk as they want on Halloween, since they don't eat much crap the rest of the year. Of course, I will just secretly hope it makes them miserably ill. :)

It's too much of a downer, IMO to be restrictive on the holidays as far as the kids are concerned -- instead of making them feel like they are "missing out," I let them have it and see that they're not missing much in the first place. And seriously, if you are careful with the day-to-day sugar intake, the kids don't seem to go crazy with the stuff when they do have access to it.

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

(1288)

on October 07, 2010
at 08:50 AM

I agree it has to come from them. I took mine to McDonalds the other week the they not only could not finish the food and drink but said that it did not make them feel good and they don't want to go back !!!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1626)

on October 08, 2010
at 02:18 AM

If a child eats junk food but then does not feel well afterward and wishes to not go back then that is HUUGE! This allows for a better chance that they actually do not request junk food in the future. They are learning from experience instead of just taking your word for it!

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on October 28, 2011
at 08:23 PM

I also use this approach although for food sensitivity/allergy issues I'm going to have to take a lot of it away from them before they begin the sugar fest.

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 06, 2010
at 02:22 PM

Ha - I can imagine the looks on kids' faces if I managed to track down single-square packs of Lindt 99% dark.

That said, if you know your neighborhood's general amount of trick-or-treater traffic, consider giving out:

  • Nonchokable toys (remember the kids still have younger siblings). Bonus points if they're fitness oriented. Just don't give the costumed mites some kettlebells. Save the kettlebell giveaways for the Christmas stockings! ;op
  • Dark chocolate (as dark as you can find)
  • Single-serve packs of trail mix, if you can find'em. (Consider Amazon or Sam's Club/Costco for this...). Have a couple of alternatives if kids with allergies show up.
  • Single serve packets of almond butter (you can get these on Amazon)

Paleo-Friendly Halloween Activities and Menu Ideas:

  • Bobbing for bags of sug-....errr... organic apples
  • Pumpkin carving and associated pumpkin's seed-roasting
  • Chili (as mentioned by Deidre) or pumpkin soup. If you do paleo baking, you could make some coconut bread or muffins to go with.
  • A game of "go fish" with someone behind the silkscreen attaching Halloween tchotchkes (no candy) to the fishing line
  • Card games! A good game of poker could be enjoyed by older kids (tweens and up). Offer to trade poker chips for candy at the start before the cards are even dealt.
  • Offer to "buy" your kids' candy at a nickel or a dime (or whatever) per piece.

Edit to add: I saw this Candy Hierarchy on The World's Best Ever and realized that my above suggestions may put me squarely in the bottom tier... :) Shares a category with white bread, but at least "whole wheat anything" is a tier below trail mix.

halloween-and-paleo-kids...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on October 07, 2010
at 01:09 PM

What? Nobody suggested beef jerky or pemmican? What kind of Paleo site is this? ;)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 07, 2010
at 01:40 AM

Now that I think about it you're probably on to something. Likely not worth the risk of setting off a theretofore undiscovered allergy! But...by that same idea, when would one ever serve nuts to guests?

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on October 07, 2010
at 12:37 AM

I'd probably avoid the nuts, in this day and age...

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5be844214037850c304c1e6a05dc5277

on October 07, 2010
at 02:28 AM

Im with Angelo! Seriously guys, if your kid is paleo then one day of the year eating ~100-200g of sugar is literally nothing. It doesn't even register on the health radar other than maybe setting up bad habits.

I would go with paleo brownies/cookies, chocolate covered nuts, and some glucose (as opposed to fructose/sucrose) lollies[candy] like jelly beans or something...

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 07, 2010
at 01:42 PM

Insatiable and efficient ...love it. This accurately describes me as a kid, too.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 07, 2010
at 01:06 PM

Lol!! My Halloween candy always lasted well past Easter - and I ate some every day. We knew which houses gave the best stuff and planned accordingly. People used to give a much wider variety of stuff back then - fruit, money, cans of soda, popcorn balls, homemade stuff like cookies/brownies - not just standard bag candy.

9dce97b4c4762a78a577a11585eef8f2

(1239)

on October 10, 2010
at 06:13 AM

"...other than maybe setting up bad habits." Um...this seems like a pretty big deal to me. Most adults I know are still dealing with the negative habits they developed as children, in one way or another.

5be844214037850c304c1e6a05dc5277

on October 08, 2010
at 05:08 AM

Haha fair enough, spot the guy who doesn't have any kids ;) I loved my lollies too I don't think I ever had a cache stored lasting weeks though haha

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 07, 2010
at 05:02 AM

100 to 200 grams!!!! You obviously have NO IDEA how much candy I was able to haul in each year as a kid. On holloween night, I had to go back to my house several times just to unload the weight of the candy and then I would go back out again to collect more. We plotted our routes accordingly. Afterwards, we had trading parties to trade ones we didn't like for ones we did like. And I ate like 5 candy bars a day for months. If it were only a few candy bars, I would not worry. What I worry about is kids that are like I was, ie both insatiable and very efficient!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on April 26, 2011
at 06:02 PM

5 a day? I ate half a pillowcase in two days. Sorta. My mom helped, but she was "helping" 3 kids.

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1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on April 26, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I wish I could afford to pass out Lara Bars :D

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 24, 2011
at 11:00 PM

have you seen the minis? I found boxes of them at Target. We barely get any Trick Or Treaters so you just gave me a great option. thanks!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 25, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Target? Seriously? I am soooo looking for those!

1
9bc6f3df8db981f67ea1465411958c8d

on October 31, 2010
at 07:44 PM

I published a series of Halloween recipes here:

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-halloween-recipes/

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E64ba9c27ee956882ce39c42a444667c

on October 31, 2010
at 07:23 PM

For those that don't want to keep their candy or have some left over you can get rid of it through the 'Halloween Candy Buy Back' program.

Dentists nationwide "buy-back" Halloween candy from children in their communities and then send the candy to U.S. Military deployed in combat through Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups.

halloween buy back program

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 12:16 AM

We sent the troops beef jerky care packages... Don't want to poison our troops

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2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

on October 26, 2010
at 10:57 PM

I'm in a perfect dilemma over Halloween. The kids want to trick or treat, they have their costumes all ready to go. But how do I let them pollute their little bodies? I used to love the occasional candy myself so I don't know what will be decided.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 06, 2010
at 01:58 PM

Good thread, i think theres a lot of us here with little ones. I have always thought that kids (im talking 3 year old but) are pretty resilient generally. Tess sometimes eats some bagel, rice and beans, birthday cake etc and shows no signs of chub or unhealthiness. I always chalk it up to simple growing child-thing, yknow? The body is in such a state of growth that it can deal with some less-than-ideal stuff whereas homeostasis-oriented adults like all of us might have to be more thoughtful with our choices. So, with that in mind i see some reeses peanut butter cups sneaking in once/year as not too big a deal. I came up with that junk and it didnt hurt me too bad i dont think. That being said, i'd love some good ideas from maybe bakers, more experienced homemakes, etc.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 06, 2010
at 03:00 PM

havent kept up on the adult onset celiac to be honest. I suppose i did post a bit bodyweight-centric there. Def didnt mean to use that as the only rubric. I suppose i didnt express that we all keep very paleo in the house 90% of the time so i was kind of viewing halloween in light of that was all.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on October 06, 2010
at 02:36 PM

Have you seen the latest on adult onset celiac? Apparently our childhood can hurt us even if no apparent reaction. Plus weight is a very small part of the equation

F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

(678)

on October 06, 2010
at 03:50 PM

I agree I'm not keeping my kids from enjoying the holiday and part of it is candy. They live 99% of the year eating like saints so on easter/xmas/halloween I let them have at it. I think they learned a good lesson last year when they pigged out and then laid around feeling sick. As is the case with most things you can't just tell them "candy isn't healthy" they need to experience it. Anecdotally, I had Capt Von Trapp type parents that never let up on me in regards to sweets, alcohol, smoking, friends etc and when I hit 16 I rebeled so hard they nearly disowned me (and nearly went to juvie).

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0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on October 06, 2010
at 01:51 PM

Paleo chili for dinner, creative dark chocolate treats and my favorite "ball" recipe:

1 cup of nut butter (I use sunflower butter due to tree nut allergies) 2 TBS of cocoa 3 TBS of Ground Flax Seed 1 Mashed Banana

Mix all and drop from round scoop - roll in something of your choice: coconut, seeds, nuts, dark choc chips. My kids take these for lunch. You can also add Whey Protein powder instead of the flax or cocoa for extra protein (depending on how paleo strict you are) I like the MRM Natural Brand that IHERB Sells.

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on June 24, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I'm printing this!

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on October 28, 2011
at 08:36 PM

I don't agree with the idea of being too limiting in what you hand-out to other people's kids. Halloween is supposed to be fun! And other kids can be really mean about making fun of your children if your family has a reputation for handing out lame treats on Halloween! When I was a kid, the guy who handed out nickles seemed kind of cool. So did the families that handed out play-doh and bubbles. But the apples, raisins and toothbrushes seemed lame, and those kids really did get picked on. Last year I settled on a quality candy with some redeeming nutritional value and let it go at (okay, very little redeeming nutritional value :->). I think it's very important to let our children experience fun and important social traditions. We don't want them to feel so weird or so unable to relate to their peers experiences because we deny our kids those experiences that our kids rebel against the health values we are trying to instill. They are just kids. And yes, our culture has terrible food habits, but it is part of the culture our kids are growing up in and learning to navigate.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on October 28, 2011
at 08:43 PM

I forgot to add I posted a fun Halloween appetizer on my blog: blood-shot eyeballs (made from egg, chicken, veges and either oil or mayo depending on your Paleo "strictness" ). My three-year-old twins thought they were great! http://lowoxalatefamily.wordpress.com/

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on June 24, 2011
at 11:23 PM

My mom used to hand out bottles of water, juice boxes and bags of popcorn. In our neighborhood the kids were actually grateful for the water/juice because we'd go trick or treating for hours and hours.

Seems like lots of kids get escorted by their parents in SUV's nowadays. So lame...

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415ce5b8f88f4d762fa946f9f43d94b6

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on October 07, 2010
at 06:39 AM

I saw a suggestions somewhere to hand out peanuts in the shell (letting the kids grab a handful). However, for safety reasons I wouldn't let my kids eat anything that wasn't pre-packaged (even though now I'm suspicious about the health of any pre-packaged food). Right now I'm leaning toward single-serving trail mix packs. Or maybe I'll just hand out unadulterated razor blades ;-).

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on October 07, 2010
at 06:29 AM

One year we gave out mini raisin boxes. I've heard of others giving out tooth brushes. My mom would send each kid off with some candy and a hearty "Happy cavities!"

As for kids, some friends of ours used to let them eat all the candy they wanted to the evening they collected it and trashed it all the next morning. Since they did that since they were small it wasn't a big deal... until they were teenagers! LOL!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 07, 2010
at 02:04 PM

handing out little travel toothbrushes!? hilarious. i love it.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on October 28, 2011
at 08:16 PM

A dentist in my neighborhood growing up gave out toothbrushes every year, and we all started avoiding his house. Maybe if word gets around that you only give out raisins and toothbrushes, you'll get a lot fewer trick-or-treaters to worry about next year!

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on October 06, 2010
at 06:53 PM

We're one of those neighborhoods that sees maybe 4-5 kids maximum each year, so my dad always gave out "uncommon" denominations of money. First it was 50 cent pieces, he even did $2 bills last year - I'm surprised word didn't get around on that one!

Personally, I'd probably do very small bags of trail mix or nuts (usually the ones I've seen are pretty large/~500 calories). As a kid I personally hated dark chocolate (Hershey's Special Dark was the bitterest I could take).

415ce5b8f88f4d762fa946f9f43d94b6

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on October 07, 2010
at 06:43 AM

This is not a bad idea for low-volume neighborhoods. I'm thinking presidential dollar coins for the kids and wooden nickels for the teenagers that come around late.

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on October 06, 2010
at 04:38 PM

Frozen heavy cream. Yummiez.

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on October 06, 2010
at 03:55 PM

I think I'd let my kids do their trick or treat thing but tell them they could only keep, say 10 pieces of candy of their choice. The rest will get donated to... something. Where can you donate candies? Some kind of charity event maybe. Have them sell the candy for charity would be a nice touch. At one of my social clubs, we have candy and bags of nuts out and members pay 50 cents for them and the money goes to run the club. After Holloween, the club usually gets a big candy donation from the leftovers. Or the kids can sell it for profit for themselves!

I would go with dark chocolate or chocolate covered peanuts for giving out to other kids. Have that plus the option of some small cute toys to tempt the younger kids. For younger kids, things with lots of colors and sparkles will tempt them. I remember when I was four, I loved to get chiclets just because of all the beautiful colors, even though I didn't like gum that much. You don't want to give out homemade food items as that might freak out many parents if they don't know you. And I can safely say, when I was a kid, I and my friends would not have wanted any of that chili or homemade things and my parents would not have let me eat it anyway. If you give out things the kids don't like or can't have, then it's just a waste of money and time because the items will end up in the trashcan and the kids will be disappointed.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 07, 2010
at 02:46 AM

Yea, a party with your kids' friends - or just enjoying with family - is the intended backdrop for the chili/soup, pumpkin seeds, and apples.

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on October 07, 2010
at 12:45 AM

I think the chili is for parties where you have your kids' friends over. I can't imagine anyone, paleo or not, inviting kids in for a bowl of chili. :)

13b40c07d0aab810f48eec3d04877010

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on October 07, 2010
at 04:06 AM

the "candy fairy" used to come to my house and leave coins for halloween candy... last year though our family dentist took part in the "cash for candy" program ($1/lb, raffle prizes)so we got rid of the entire bag at once!! This a nationwide program, so check with your dentist...

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on October 06, 2010
at 03:46 PM

posted here by mistake - plz delete :(

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35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

on June 24, 2011
at 11:02 PM

LOL, a few years ago as a newlywed without kids (when I knew everything about kids...), I bought good candy (top tier) and bags of pretzles. Fat kids got pretzles. Normal sized kids got good stuff like chocolate. I thought I was so awful and funny!! From a paleo-viewpoint I was trying to kill all sizes of kids, but from a SAD point, LOL, I was a big meanie!!! Ha Ha Ha!

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