Halloween: All Treat, No Sweet

by Leighann on October 26, 2010

Goody Bag

Goody BagLong before our daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, we began handing out Play-Doh on Halloween night and to preschool friends as an alternative to candy.

Each year we co-host a Halloween bash for my coworkers and their families. We have a bonfire. We have a flashlight costume parade. And there is a costume contest. And believe me, the competition is fierce.

The reality is that every kid wins a category. I walk around with my clipboard throughout the evening trying to come up with the categories. I try to be witty and creative.

The kids dig the costume contest and I hear year after year from the other parents that the kids wonder as they get decked out what category they will win in.

One by one (youngest to oldest), the kids come forward to receive their certificate and get their prize: the coveted goody bag.

And you know what? The candy is never missed. Not by any of the kids. It’s all about the trinkets and bouncy eyeballs!

Goody Bag

She loves the party preparation as much as I do and always helps prepare the goody bags, stuffing them with "one of each."


(Those are my new barstools that I didn’t tell you about on No D-Day.)

Read all of my writing on Halloween.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jamie October 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

Great planning! It is funny how when something isn’t even an option and you replace it with something else fun, you don’t miss it at all.


2 Leighann October 27, 2010 at 9:03 am

I sometimes think the parents make it more about candy than the kids. At my son’s preschool party this week the party coordinator insisted on parents donating bag after bag of candy (we didn’t). The kids didn’t eat any of it and there were bowls and bowls left over. What the kids really wanted to fill their bags with were all the trinkets. Case proven 🙂


3 Darcie October 27, 2010 at 7:22 am

Thanks for the awesome tips. This is our 1st D Halloween so trying to think of as many creative non-candy ways to celebrate as we can. Not sure if you are a fan of Noodle & Co, but our local N&co is having a candy swap event. The Sunday after Halloween kids can swap their candy for small bowl of noodles. I suppose the noodles might be a whole other challenge, but love the idea.


4 Leighann October 27, 2010 at 9:01 am

Darcie- I am guest posting today over at Diabetes Mine with even more tips and tricks: http://www.diabetesmine.com/2010/10/halloween-with-diabetes-the-trick-to-treats.html. And check back each day this week as I talk diabetes and Halloween.

Thanks for the tip on Noodles & Company. I love that place! Though we rarely go because it’s in a busy part of town.

Thanks for reading!


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