Halloween Is About The Candy

Every year it never fails. Hordes of kids come to my door at 6 PM sharp on trick-or-treat night. These little darlings are darling in their superhero costumes, or dressed as little bumblebees or princesses.

If they had their choice they would sink their fists into the bowl of candy I hold out in front of them and take a giant handful. After all, Halloween is about the candy.

My kids will be gone for the entire two hours collecting as much candy as they possibly can. Once they get home they dump that bucket or pillowcase on the dining room table and make two piles. One they keep and one they set aside for the Switch Witch.

The Switch Witch is a clever idea thought up by some parent years ago that worked wonders in my house. My boys would each create a pile of the candy they were not interested in and leave it next to the front door for the Switch Witch. In its place she would leave a special gift or toy. It varied over the years particularly as they grew older. But the switch which always kept her gift under $15.

I would then donate that candy to various different charities including those that would send the candy overseas to our troops. Done eating the candy also ease my mind on the number of cavities my kids would acquire.

The boys still had plenty of candy to choose from. After all they had their favorites. From the mouths of babes comes a top 10 list of the best candy for Halloween:

  • Kit Kats
  • Nerds
  • Laffy Taffy
  • M&Ms
  • Fun Dip
  • Dots
  • Nestle Crunch
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Mike and Ike
  • Hershey's Milk Chocolate

Allergy-safe candy

Halloween can be frightening enough for children who have life-threatening peanut or tree nut allergies. It's great news to hear that the Food Allergy Research & Education Teal Pumpkin Project has started a new campaign to make Halloween say for those children with food allergies.

They suggest putting out teal colored pumpkins on your front porch which indicate that your house has allergy-safe treats. And while non-food treats like stickers, bouncy balls, glow sticks are great ideas, let's face it, all kids want candy on Halloween.

But I'll have a separate bowl of both non-food treats and candy treats kids with allergies can choose from.

I've compiled a list of our favorite candies that are free from the top 8 food allergens including wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish and shellfish. Source: www.allergysf.com/safety/candy

Disclaimer: Always double check the ingredients. This list is only meant as a guide.

  • Smarties
  • Hot Tamales
  • Dots
  • Skittles
  • Ring Pops
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Swedish Fish
  • Jolly Rancher hard candy
  • Jelly Belly jellybeans
  • Mike and Ike