Three years ago, we camped and came home in time to attend our friends' Halloween party. People were astounded that my boys had never trick-or-treated (for real) and my response was, not surprisingly: WHY? They don't eat the candy.
But I realize that it's a hugely social activity. So, now they go and I buy the candy from them. Before we even left on Saturday, D asked me, "Mommy, how much are you paying for the candy this year?" I figured $5 per pound was good. Turns out that's exactly what the dentists pay, too.
So, we went, they sorted and traded - for the heaviest candies! - and I'm out $43. The UPS and FedEx drivers will be happy for awhile at the office. D has a new LEGO Star Wars set. R bought gadgets at RadioShack. And I don't have to deal with the craziness of all that sugar and food-coloring. Win-win!