Halloween candy alternatives – a follow-up

After deliberating in the dollar store for nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday, I finally decided what alternative candy treat I was going to pass out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween – assorted stickers for the younger crowd and natural cereal bars for the older crowd. A total of about $8 (thanks to the dollar stores low low prices). On a side note, I was actually quite impressed with the variety of foods the dollar store carried – even some organic and natural stuff. Perhaps I’ll be stopping in there more often.
Fast forward to tonight. There was a knock at the door. Three little faces said, “Trick-or-treat!” I doled out stickers into three bags and held my breath as I waited for a reaction. The children walked away from our house proudly exclaiming, “We got stickers!” to their parents. Yes! They were a hit! :) In fact, all of the young kids who we gave stickers to tonight made some sort of happy exclamation about them. I was pleased.

As for the cereal bars, nobody yelled, “Yes! Cereal bars!” but nobody ran away in disgust either. They all said thank you.

The bummer was that for the whole two hours we had our porch light on, we received a total of 13 trick-or-treaters. So all of that deliberating over just the right treats felt like kind of a waste. Oh well. Ava had fun passing out stickers to the kids and the kids were happy, so it’s all good. I seem to overbuy for Halloween every year. One of these years I’ll remember that we never seem to get more than 20-25 kids, but 13 seems exceptionally low. And it wasn’t even snowing.

Did you pass out an alternative Halloween treat this year? How was it received?

In other news… Earlier this afternoon we went to a Halloween party at Ava’s preschool. Our cute little lion had a good time “fishing” for mango “fish,” making and decorating a pumpkin cookie, making a candlestick holder, and playing with her friends.

And Mr. Julian started walking in earnest today. He’s been taking unassisted steps for about a month now, but today he was letting go and walking by himself quite a bit. When did he get to be such a big boy? His first birthday is coming up in three weeks. I really can’t believe it’s already been a year. I had a hard time with Ava turning 1 and Julian’s looming birthday is proving to be no exception.

Lastly, tomorrow (Nov. 1) is day 1 of NaBloPoMo (aka National Blog Posting Month). Are you signed up? November is going to be a busy month around here with Thanksgiving, Julian’s 1st birthday, my parents coming for a visit, and spending a few days with them at a resort in Estes Park. I have a few other things I’ve been working on lately that I haven’t blogged about, but that have been consuming a fair bit of my time. Guess November will be a good time to spill the beans about those projects since I’ll be blogging every day and will need content. Oh wait. Me? Short on content? Ha! ;)

Hope you all had a nice Halloween. :)