When we first moved into this house I was excited about getting to hand out treats to trick or treaters, something we hadn’t been able to do when we lived in an apartment. However I quickly discovered the disappointing reality, our neighbourhood doesn’t get many kids for Halloween. We usually get around two dozen kids, or less. Handing out treats consists mostly of waiting, oohing and ahhing over a few cute costumes, and then waiting some more.
Once we had kids of our own hubby and I started taking turns bringing the girls out. (It’s my turn to go out this year, yay!) To me it seems wrong to have both of us walking down the street with the girls, while simultaneously expecting other people to be handing out stuff to our kids — in essence getting and not giving. So it was really important to me that someone should still be here to hand out goodies, even if it is just to twelve kids.
At least partially because we get so few kids we hand out non-stereotypical treats. Over the years we’ve given out Kinder eggs, wee containers of Play Doh and even comic books. This year we’ll be giving out Squoosh packs. Which I think is brilliant because of the kids we do get most of them are really young. It’s all preschoolers and babes in arms. And while I’m sure mom and dad may appreciate those mini chocolate bars that get handed out at most houses, I doubt the one or two year old is eating them (er.. well, at least I hope not).
Squoosh packs are made by the same folks that make Baby Gourmet. I am a huge fan of Baby Gourmet. Both of my girls devoured it as babies, and um… still do as school age kids. Squoosh packs are much the same, just marketed to a slightly older set so my 8 year old doesn’t have to field questions at school about why she’s happily slurping down something with the words “baby” on the label. Each pack contains a full serving of fruits and vegetables. I sometimes struggle with getting my girls to eat enough veggies, so I love that this is a sneaky “treat” way to get some more into them. Plus the kids literally beg me to eat these. (They ARE seriously yummy. And yes, I eat them too).
Squoosh contains no added sugar or salt. Each 3.2 oz. snack is gluten-free, nut-free, and housed in a BPA-free pouch. (Three out of four of the flavours are also dairy free). It comes in four yummy flavours:
* SpinApple: apple, cherry, greek yogurt, spinach, quinoa
* BeetBerry: banana, apple, beet, blueberry
* OrangoBango: mango, carrot, banana, apple
* SquabbleBerry: apple, blueberry, squash, banana
I wish I could take credit for the brilliant idea of handing out Squoosh packs to trick or treaters, but the truth is, despite our love of Squoosh, the thought had never crossed my mind. I received an email from someone representing the Squoosh brand, and suggesting Squoosh packs as perfect Halloween treats and I thought “Man that is SUCH a good idea. I totally want to do that!”
What about you folks?
What do you hand out on Halloween? Do you get over a hundred trick or treaters? or only ten?