Update note:

For anyone still procrastinating on your candy purchases, you’re in luck.  Many stores are now trying to off load what they’ve got by putting everything on sale, but online retailers are getting in on that game as well.  YumEarth brands, which was mentioned in my previous post has just announced their Halloween discount code, which can be used through 10/23/18.  Just use code HALLOWEEN20 at checkout, and get 20% off your purchase.

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A little planning will make your Halloween less frightful

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That’s right, a little planning right now will help to make Halloween less frightful for you in the end, but in a good way.  We all know by now that the holidays we celebrate are almost always being marketed to us months in advance.  If you haven’t noticed Halloween decorations in almost every store for weeks now, then you must not have left your house in a while.  This can make last minute preparations problematic, especially if you had a very specific item in mind.  Anyone who wants to hand out candy that’s organic, or nut free for example, will be very hard pressed to located what they need.  The only way to avoid this is to make your plans now, before it’s too late. You’ll have what you want, and you’ll be less stressed in the end.

Thanks to the weather, it may not seem like it right now, but it is actually time to start decorating with a Fall theme.  The local stores may not have as great a selection of solar powered decorations anymore, but if you order in the next week or so, you can still get some delivered from online sources instead.  Same thing is true for the snacks you’ll be handing out on October 31st.  Annie’s organic snacks (fruit and crackers varieties) are one option, but for more traditional candy options you’ll want to check out Yum Earth brands.  They don’t offer chocolate, but they do have a whole line of organic suckers, gummies, and now candy corn.

Fresh from the pumpkin patch, Yum Earth’s new Organic Candy Corn (photo by Salena Wakim)

At this year’s Natural Foods West Expo, Yum Earth was showcasing their standard line of treats, but when asked, they did take the opportunity to show off their new Candy Corn addition, which is specially packaged for the holiday.  So far this doesn’t seem to be available in most of your local grocery stores, but if this is the type of thing you’re looking for, then ordering it online might be your only option.

There’s no reason to resort to toothbrushes and stickers this year, especially since a little prepping can help you to avoid it.