Halloween and Trick or Treating 

Forget the candy made overseas (by child slaves, you know) with all its resulting garbage. Tonight at my house we will be giving one dollar coin to each trick-or-treater.


I wanted to hand out something that could either be composted or recycled, that definitely wouldn’t end up getting thrown away. But I didn’t want to disappoint the kids. Kids today have really high expectations for receiving garbage. Have you noticed? We have trained children to feel entitled to poorly-made and plastic throw-away items, including Halloween candy. This is all they know, because it’s all we have given them. The problem is that our society is all about quanity, not quality. Buying cheap gets us the most bang for our buck. For some reason, we think our kids should have ten crappy presents rather than one nice present. It’s a mess. (Diatribe to be continued at Christmas.)

So anyway, I don’t want to disappoint the kids by handing out something they won’t want. I used to think dollar coins were pretty awesome when I was young, so I’m thinking these kids today will, too. Dollar coins are even more of a novelty today since people really don’t even use coins anymore!

If you don’t want to give away whole dollars, just do random coins. I figured I would spend $30 on two large bags of Halloween candy. I probably won’t get more than thirty trick-or-treaters, so I am just going to get thirty dollar coins instead. But I would think all coins are novel to children.

I’ll report back with the results.

*Edited to provide results:

The kids loved the dollar coins! I didn’t get too many trick-or-treaters, so we had at least 10 dollars left (yessssss!). I told them the coins were magic. Only one child tried to take a handful, and her sister promptly rectified the situation. All in all a successful trial run at the dollar coin trick-or-treat.

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