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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)

you could also move away from food. i've gotten stickers, little toys, pencils. some kids don't like it but i think it is cool. check out oriental trading company or US toy...you can buy little toys in megga bulk. just google for the names. maybe you can find some awesome slime or something. last time i checked they always had some some 'haloween' themed stuff.

and i wouldn't do the vitamins...i don't think vitamins that look/taste like candy is ever a really great idea in general. once my sister and i downed a bottle of vitamin C as kids cause they tasted great. my mom wasn't too happy but at least it wasn't something that would really get us sick.

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I have little kids and I know the juiceboxes would be a big hit, especially in houses like mine where they are considered a major treat.  Hand out the tiniest ones you can find.  Only the biggest kids finish the big juice boxes and if they open them right away they'll take a few sips and trash the rest.  You need to also consider how many trick or treaters you'll get and how much you want to spend.  Money is always extremely welcome, as are stickers and tattoos.  There are also snacks like whole grain bunnies and peanut butter crackers, etc., available in individual packets that you could hand out, but if you think you'll get a lot of trick or treaters you might want something more economical.

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Fruit Leather Bars, while a bit pricy individually, are good to hand out and if you can buy them in bulk are not too expensive. Check out you local $$ store for novelties and stickers etc.

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I think you have some great ideas (well, except for the vitamins  ;D). 

We give out processed sugar, dairy and gelatin.  ;)  It's Halloween!  Maybe that's awful, but we have fun with it. The children aren't (probably) vegetarians, we are. 

But I completely respect where you're coming from and hope you'll come up with something you can feel good about giving out!   

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Could you not just make vegan chocolate or toffee apples - very sweet but it is hallowe'en and you could use organic/fairtrade apples underneath?
Just a wee idea

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Veda_rock, that sounds like a very nice idea, but unfortunately in these times, unless I knew you personally I would not let my children eat your homemade/unwrapped goodies. I also think the parents of many trick or treaters share my sentiments. Isn't that sad?

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Yeah that is pretty sad - I don't think we are at that stage yet - kids still get lots of treats that probably aren't good for them but it is Hallowe'en! I agree with your idea though - if you live in a small neighbourhood you could ask the neighbours if it is ok to give them homemade goodies? Good luck!

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Thanks for all of the great ideas!

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I love the juice-box idea.  Clever and the kids will probably go for it!

It's a shame you can't hand out home-made goodies.  When I was little I used to trick-or-treat my grandma's retirement community-- I got popcorn balls, caramel apples, homemade fudge, even homemade lollipops.  (I also got "weird" offerings like single marshmallows wrapped in cellophane, coins-- which I found odd--, little toys and Mardi Gras beads, and some truly questionable old lady candy.)  For me, those are still the taste of autumn.

Hmm... there are some pectin-thickened juice treats that might be a nice alternative to empty-calorie candies.  They will still have refined sugars, but at least there's some good in 'em.  Also, you might consider sugar-free gum or unpopped bags of microwave popcorn, if your budget runs to them-- there will be some questionable ingredients, but they're still a step up.

Fun question!

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You could try Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bug Bites (though I'm not sure if kids are big fans of dark chocolate).  Each is individually wrapped with a bug-related trading card.  Kinda cute for Halloween.  Ingredients: Organic Unbleached Water-filtered Beet Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla.

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veggydog where do you buy those bug bites? My son would LOVE them!

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Just wanted to let you know that I found the chocolates through Pangea.  Here is the link...http://www.veganstore.com/index-store.html?deptid=17078&parentid=17&stoc...

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awesome thanks for the link!

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I had seen the "Bug Bites" last year at Global Exchange fair trade store, but they don't appear to have them this year.  I just Googled them yesterday to get the info.  The ones at the Pangea link above aren't the Bug Bites, but they look like they'd do the trick and are cheaper.  Here's a link to the different things Endangered Species has to offer: http://www.chocolatebar.com/shop/pc/viewCat_h.asp?idCategory=4

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Coins.  In whatever denomination you want to afford.  All kids like money.

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http://www.petakids.com/candy.html
I came across this tonight and thought of this post.

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Any suggestions on easy Halloween treats to make in large quantities?

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We pass out vegan candy. Last year was swedish fish, this year will probably be skittles! Kids want candy, thats the point. I always wanted to skip the weird neighbor who gave us apples and pennies.

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Any suggestions on easy Halloween treats to make in large quantities?

Hmm... You could make those chocolate-dipped pretzels/pretzel rods that there seem to be 10 different kits for these days at craft stores. Or if you having chocolate molding trays, just plain ole chocolates, wrapped in candy foil.

Personally, I got some cheap vegan candy from the 99cent store. We probably won't get many trick or treaters, so I went small and got candies that I'd like the left overs of. Hehe.

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It's only IMHO, but I reeeeeeeeally think Halloween is the wrong time to get all anti-sugar and health foody on kids. Allowing them to over indulge once in a while (and on a special occasion, which helps them understand the clear boundary) builds a healthy relationship with treats. My kiddo is completely dairy intolerant and will become ill if she eats any milk products, so she understands why I dig through her TorT bag and inspect all candy. But I would guess most vegan kids are used to dietary restriction.

As a mama, I also would never allow her to eat homemade treats. Too many urban lengend horror stories of razor blades and poison! But I think stickers, pencils and juice boxes are really lovely ideas. You can never go wrong with an econo bag of DumDums! Thank you guys for thinking of the little ones. It's very, very sweet (pun totes intended).

xo,
MA

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