So my wife and I do not take our son out for halloween for obvious reasons. We think it is a dumb occasion and would rather not promote diabetes regardless of the sales on candy. Anyways we run into everyone asking why? why? why? why? A little bit of candy won't hurt our son, so take him out and he will have fun. I tell everyone we don't promote diabetes and neither should they.
How does everyone here deal with this time of year when everyone is offering candy to you and or your children?
I don't have any children so I can't comment on what I do there. While your frank way of putting it to people is right on, you may try just promoting the idea of why would you do anything to harm your children? And then show them some resources on the effects of eating all the high fat/dairy laden candies so many people gorge on year round.
If people offer it to me, I politely refuse and offer them some fruit if I have it. If they ask why I'm more than happy to speak up about health health and veganism. The key is saying it in just a way that they don't feel like you're talking down to them/disapproving of them.
Personally, I plan on making a raw pumpkin/coconut water/date pudding for the celebration! :D
We have been doing a pumpkin hunt with friends for years (we hide decorated pumpkins in the forest and healthy treats and the kids find them, have to answer a riddle and get the treats). I made raw treats (obviously high fat... witches fingers with raw honey and almonds and bat poo with tahini, carob powder, chia and hemp seeds and some raw honey). A friend made maple sucker... But still, the kids were feeling terrible last night and today. Non-fruit sugar and fats are so bad...
Anyways, next year, we will do the the same with stickers and little games, coloring books, pencils, rocks, etc. and a great fruit fest for the potluck.
Family knows and some prepare little bags with non-food items (that's what a neighbor did this year). My mom wanted to give the a taffy and I said no. Another neighbor gave them pumpkin cookies (with food coloring), we accepted them and thanked them and then I explained to the girls that we could not eat them (they know about food dyes) and we simply composted them.
More and more people are interested in what we do, but there will always be people who gets bogged down by how different we are. We just have to be strong and stick to our guns.
And the candy goes with my husband to his workplace.