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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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