Halloween is coming around again and, for many, this holiday is actually somewhat of a trial. What kind of candy should you get? How much should you give each child? Is it safe to leave a plastic cauldron-full on the porch when you are away, or will the first group there take all the sweets? Not all of these questions have definitive answers, but there are best practices that you can follow that will allow you to make the kids happy . . . and hopefully keep them from toilet papering your house next year (a Mischief Night or Devil’s Night tradition in certain areas of the U.S.)!
- Order in Bulk – You don’t just want to avoid running out – you’ll want to have extra for everyone (and some for that Halloween party that you’re throwing later). One of the best ways to ensure this is to buy your Halloween candy in bulk. Not only will this keep you stocked up throughout the evening, it will cost you a lot less than you would otherwise spend shopping for last-minute candy at the supermarket.
- Make it Sweet – If you want to make the kiddies like you, don’t be that grownup that passes out health bars on Halloween. You may impress the parents, but the kids won’t thank you a bit. After all, to them Halloween is about indulgence in things that their parents don’t let them have very often. Give them what they want and let their parents decide whether they need it.
- Include Some Favorites – Always make sure to include a good mix of standard favorites in your candy bowl. At Sweet Services, our bulk candy comes in variety packs that include such favorites as Skittles, Snickers, Milky Ways, Life Savers, and more. With all of those options, kids are bound to find something that they like!
- Throw in Some Unique Treats – Many kids get real joy out of looking over their hoards at the end of the night. But they’re not just counting out Twix bars; they’re looking for the stuff that no one else got. By offering kids candy that isn’t one of your major brands, you give them the chance to try something new and have bragging rights. Get the Bloody Bites for some vampire-themed fun or order some Primrose Caramel Apple Kisses for a safe alternative to candy apples.
- Let them Take Two – When trying to please the children, more is always better. Let any trick or treaters who show up at your door take at least two treats per person, unless their parents are actually there and say otherwise.
- Don’t Forget about Allergies – Make sure that you have some peanut-free candy available for those who have allergies. No one wants to be left out!
- Leave Out as Much Candy as You are Willing to Part with – If you are not going to be there on Halloween, but you want to put out a bowl anyway, you are taking a risk. There is always the chance that the first kid there empties the whole bowl into their bag, though most kids will be honest. For your own sake, don’t put out more than you are comfortable risking. Also, leave a note with the bowl asking kids to only take two each. If you want to be funny and/or scare some of the kids into honesty, you could always say that there are cameras watching the bowl and you will know if anyone steals the candy – it might deter some of them.
For those who never feel quite sure how to handle Halloween candy buying, hopefully these tips will help. Always consider the volume of trick or treaters in your area before buying candy so that you don’t under- or over-do it.