I love Halloween. It’s my birthday, and surprisingly enough, my favorite holiday.
This year is especially exciting because Aurora is now old enough (one) to enjoy it; and we are in the main floor of a house so we can give out candy.
Once Halloween started getting closer, the moral dilemma hit me. Candy these days is not only full of all sorts of dyes and scary chemicals, but it is also very very packaged. I can’t do bulk or home-made for Halloween because some psychos about 20 years ago did things like putting poison in popcorn and razor blades in apples so now parents only let their children eat sealed goodies. I thought of giving out little Halloween pins, or Playdough or something, but the general consensus from my friends and family is “kids want candy”. I could get organic candy but it is still packaged, and more expensive, and I’m not even sure kids would appreciate it. Probably they would need to trade 6 or more organic lollipops for one Nestle chocolate bar (shudder). My brother in law said if he came to my house and I gave out organic candy, he would egg the house for sure. Despite all that, I did a search for organic candy with biodegradable wrapping. Through this blog, I found College farms candy, which is pretty much exactly what I was looking for, but also leads to my third dilemma. We are short of money and trying to remember that when we make purchases. So, even if I had the time to order the perfect candy form the internet, once shipping and taxes are added, it’s just too much to pay. I searched a bit in stores I frequent, but no one had it. It may be at Whole Foods but as a whole, Whole foods is too rich for my blood, so I haven’t even tried.
Kyle suggested cans of pop- not very nutritious, but a big hit with kids, and the package (can) is at least recyclable. I wasn’t totally sold at first because I think pop causes a lot of health problems, but then Kyle told me he used to change costumes and go back to the houses who gave out pop. Maybe I can throw nutrition out the window for one very special night. I’ll just think of all the happy children who will be leaving my house, rather than all the possible diabetes cases.