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What to do for trick-or-treaters???

???  It's almost Halloween time and I was wondering if any other vegans pass out candy or treats.  Hubby and I don't want to be party poopers, but also don't want to give children gross, horrible things like bone-char processed sugar, dairy, and gelatin.  We thought about organic fresh fruit, but it seems like many parents want items that are individually packaged and sealed so homemade baked goods are out.  Here are a couple of ideas we've considered...Any suggestions would be wonderful.

1.  Packaged individual-sized vegan cookies or crackers
2.  Organic Juice boxes
3.  Sample sized packages of vegan gummy bear multivitamins (this would probably get our house paint-balled, though)

I would really love to give out homemade treats.... I was thinking of putting labels on them.. Something like:
Happy Halloween! From your neighbors:
The "Smiths"
234 Main st.
Anytown, MA

Maybe it would make the mothers feel like someone was accountable for the treats, and they are traceable... I dunno.. What do you guys think?

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POISON THE LITTLE BUGGERS

LMAO!!!!!!!!!

i wouldn't make treats... i wouldn't let my kids eat them... to many crazys these days unfortunatly

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I would really love to give out homemade treats.... I was thinking of putting labels on them.. Something like:
Happy Halloween! From your neighbors:
The "Smiths"
234 Main st.
Anytown, MA

Maybe it would make the mothers feel like someone was accountable for the treats, and they are traceable... I dunno.. What do you guys think?

I don't have kids, so I'm not really qualified to comment on whether parents would be okay with homemade treats or not. If you do make homemade goods though, I think a label with your name and such would definitely be a good idea. In addition, perhaps an ingredient list would also help. I primarily think that since, if I were the one eating them, I would be more worried about animal products than poison, however, I imagine people with allergies would appreciate it too.

Somewhat related article (in particular, I think it is interesting that none of the incidents involved homemade food):
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/poison/halloween.asp

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I would really love to give out homemade treats.... I was thinking of putting labels on them.. Something like:
Happy Halloween! From your neighbors:
The "Smiths"
234 Main st.
Anytown, MA

Maybe it would make the mothers feel like someone was accountable for the treats, and they are traceable... I dunno.. What do you guys think?

Honestly, unless I knew the person, I wouldn't give my kid any homemade stuff, label or no. I know all the scare stories are overblown, but I don't let random people give my kid things to eat on any other day of the year. Why would I on Halloween?

ETA: To clarify, I do check store bought things as well.

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last year I handed out a combination of cheap sugary things and the TJ's mini semisweet bar things.
I'll probably do the same this year.

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Thanks to all.. looks like I won't be handing out homemade treats this year- I got the same response polling friends with children. It has me wondering though...Do parents still bake and bring in treats to school parties?

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Thanks to all.. looks like I won't be handing out homemade treats this year- I got the same response polling friends with children. It has me wondering though...Do parents still bake and bring in treats to school parties?

i think that is a totally different question... even if u put ur address or whatever...

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I'm leaning towards the super-bounce ball approach, since I can get them at the grocery store here in town, and if I have extra left over, they will provide me with a seemingly endless amount of entertainment.

But to keep this statement relative to the topic at hand, can anyone identify anything in this list of ingredients (furnished by wikipedia.com) that is NOT vegan?

It is an extremely elastic ball made of Zectron, which contains the synthetic rubber polymer polybutadiene, as well as hydrated Silica, zinc oxide, stearic acid, and other ingredients vulcanized with sulfur at a temperature of 165 degrees Celsius and at a pressure of 80 atmospheres (1,175.6759 psi)

Thanks.

--laura jw

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Stearic acid may or may not be animal derived:
http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faqingredients.htm#stearic

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Stearic acid may or may not be animal derived:
http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faqingredients.htm#stearic

Thanks, veggydog.

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Annie's bunny fruit snacks and Endangered Species Dark Chocolate squares.  Of course, they're expensive and it only works if you live near a Whole Foods or somewhere else that carries them!

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I was planning on doing what we did last year, and locking the gate.  Then my mum invited us to their place for dinner tonight so I won't even have to do that, we'll just ignore them at her house instead of at ours!

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NOTHING THERE ARE NONE

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A couple of local supermarkets are pushing trick-or-treat baskets etc here but the joke is no one does it. Never has. Nov 1 is the Spanish equivalent of Memorial Day, so people buy flowers and go to the cemetary. And eat a marzipan cake called "saint's bones" and roast chestnuts. And that's all.
I was talking to DH about it and he said, no way would parents here let their kids take candy from strangers...and no way would people open their doors to  kids around asking for stuff! There are kids who do that, but they're professional beggars/pickpockets.

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