Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trick-or-treat... give me something good to eat!

The spooky season is upon us... and while I'd love to go all out and say Halloween is one of my favourite occasions, I fall into that crowd that says with a groan 'gee, Halloween again?'.

I have mixed emotions on the actual date of Halloween... its my father-in-law's birthday, but its also the anniversary of my grandmother's death. Can you see the additional spook factor here?

On the upside of things, my grandmother was a fan of Halloween.  She was one of those people who always prepared special treat bags for her trick-or-treaters - she didn't just throw a can of pop or a plain bag of chips in your pillowcase, no, she shopped in States for the candy that you couldn't get in Canada (at the time) like Jolly Ranchers, and candy corn. She put some effort into her treat bags and it showed!

Now... with my own kiddies, I have a little more reason to get in the spirit of the season (this is the first year that I have actually hung some Halloween decorations). And while you won't find me dressing up at the door, you will see that every year I take pride in selecting what Halloween treats I give out at my door.  Just like my Grandma B, I want to have a variety of treats to give to our 300 plus customers!

When it comes to choosing treats, I am a HUGE fan of the Allan Candy Company treats. They've been around forever (like 77 years to be exact) and they still make all my childhood favourites like Big Foots, Green Thumbs, and Hot Lips.  The best thing is their Halloween candy is made in Canada, its individually wrapped, and its certified PEANUT FREE.

Trick-or-treating these days isn't as simple as it use to be... you have to be mindful of what you give out, and although I am not a parent who has to face the challenges of peanut allergies, I still like to know that I am doing my part to keep the risk of an allergy attack at a minimum for anyone's child. I want the candy I give out to be safe and edible after the door to door collection is over and I know that when I choose Allan Candy, I am getting safe treats that are good quality!

If you're like me, Big Foots alone are the candy you secretly steal from your children's bag when their not looking! I have also picked up a small addiction to Allan's Intense Jubes & Jellies, and their Fruit Addictions - hello watermelon slices!

I have a few bags of Allan's treats around the house already and keeping E out of them has been a real challenge so far. He's pumped up for Halloween this year, and I can't wait to take both my boys door to door.

I remember how exciting Halloween was as a child for me... it was a special night where we got to eat pizza and then rush to get our costumes on, so we could head out on the streets of our small town to collect the goods.  These small traditions are something I will carry over into my own family with my boys... and I can't wait to see them in their costumes this year! It's H's first Halloween and E's third, but technically his first when its comes to going up to the door and actually saying 'trick-or-treat'. He's excited and we are counting down the sleeps already!

Here's hoping your Halloween preparation is off to a spook-ta-cular start! What do you do to get ready for the big night? Do you have any favourite candies that you like to give out?
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Disclosure – I am participating in the Allan Candy Company blog tour by Mom Central Canada.  Although I received compensation for my participation in this campaign I jumped at the chance to talk about Big Foots and all of the Allan Candy as they are my faves!  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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