[Spoiler alert: It's these!]
Last year I was really on top of things, and I bought glow stick bracelets super-cheap on eBay to hand out instead of candy. This year I pretty much forgot about it until.... yesterday. At which point I was at the grocery store and figured it would be a good time to decide what to give out. (Because I think it's important to give out something good and thoughtful, because Halloween is a very Christian holiday in practice.)
But, but -- high fructose corn syrup? Hydrogenated oils? Food dye? I can't do it. I can't just hand that out to small children. Also, whatever is left over will be sitting around our house, and at least one of us will probably eat it.
So I was wandering around the Safeway thinking, thinking, trying to think outside of the box while still staying within some sort of reasonable budget (it doesn't help that there are 5 shopping days this month instead of 4). Little bags of chips? Little bags of cookies? Granola bars? All too expensive. Boxes of raisins? Yes, if I want everyone to hate me. Thinking, thinking....
And then I was saved by the bulk food section!
They sell these little sesame seed candies (individually wrapped!) in the bulk section with the lentils and the chocolate-covered malt balls. Only 4 ingredients (3 of which are forms of sugar, but it is candy, after all), and $3.19 per pound. Perfect!
[In a record bowl, of course!]
Oh, and get ready! Family costume photos to come next week!