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Sokmonsta Tue 30-Oct-12 23:33:57

.... Of jelly/custard for the trick or treaters? Im thinking packets like buttons so the sweets aren't ruined. Would a soggy-handed child annoy you? I want to do something a little different but harmless for the visiting littlies. Most people here seem to want to scare them stupid.

VirginiaDare Tue 30-Oct-12 23:40:33

Nice idea but I wouldn't thank you for trails of jelly and custard all over my kids new costumes, tbh.

numbum Tue 30-Oct-12 23:41:58

My 2 would love that!

Fakebook Tue 30-Oct-12 23:45:15

How about using spaghetti instead? Less messy.

HauntedLittleLunatic Tue 30-Oct-12 23:47:29

Bucket of sawdust with plastic critters in?

5madthings Tue 30-Oct-12 23:48:04

i would with jelly it wont make such a mess? and no yanbu its a grear idea, its halloween and kids can roll their sleeves up. maybe have some wet wipes ir kichen roll handy for those that want to clean up?

ChippingInLovesAutumn Tue 30-Oct-12 23:50:06

A soggy hand wouldn't bother me - it's the fact they'd then wipe it all over their costumes grin I wouldn't be chuffed to have everything covered in jelly & custard if I'm being perfectly honest, but I appreciate you are trying to do something fun & nice for them smile

DevaDiva Tue 30-Oct-12 23:51:54

Love it 😬

MrsCantSayAnything Wed 31-Oct-12 00:00:25

I'd be peed off about the clothing and so would both my DDs. Unless you warn them of course and suggest sleeve rolling up.

Even then it's gross really. Loads of kids will have had their hands in it and the sweets will be soggy unless you wrap them in cellophane!

Sokmonsta Wed 31-Oct-12 00:05:53

Right. So I'm thinking half and half - give the responsible adult littlies the choice to slime or not and a towel on hand for wiping up?

Sokmonsta Wed 31-Oct-12 00:13:50

Ooh fakebook spaghetti as in cooked but no sauce ( was originally thinking canned stuff and being messy). Hmmm. That's a less messy and fun possibility. Not sure I've got spaghetti in but huge bag of pasta.

Can't get hold of sawdust unfortunately.

Have got to post a sensible note anyway as looks like Ds is going down with the pox. I know most of his preschooler friends have had it, but there's others in the village who are an unknown.

WorraLiberty Wed 31-Oct-12 00:14:57

Oh my kids would love that!

Just keep an old towel by the door.

WelshMaenad Wed 31-Oct-12 00:20:47

We had a party for mum's fostered kids today and put treats in a washing basket full of plastic balls and made them 'bob' for them (little ones were allowed to use their hands!). They loved it, and not messy (lots of them have sensory issues).

Fakebook Wed 31-Oct-12 07:14:40

Sokmonster, cook the pasta until the water goes down and it becomes starchy. Add a little more water to make it more gloopy, or if you want it sticky (call it pigs ears!) just take out the water.

musicalendorphins Wed 31-Oct-12 07:16:01

Here are some idea's for you.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 31-Oct-12 07:17:15

How boring, worrying about the costumes. Um, wash them if they're that important!

MrsKeithRichards Wed 31-Oct-12 08:10:14

I know!

I second spaghetti or noodles.

ObiWan Wed 31-Oct-12 08:14:50

Spaghetti and pasta might work, or even gry lentils or cornflakes.

Anything wet would just ruin the rest of their sweets when yours were added to their bag, though.

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Wed 31-Oct-12 08:18:47

Worried about their costumes? Heaven forbid that they get dirty whilst having fun.

Go with a choice of buckets of jelly, cooked spaghetti and air for the boring ones

Sokmonsta Thu 01-Nov-12 08:07:12

Many thanks for all your help and comments. We had lots of little visitors last night. It was lovely to see the effort they all went to and our two eldest dc's enjoyed seeing all their friends at the door.

In the end I went for the suggestion of cooked pasta. Was certainly fun from my end, clean and only puzzled a few children who thought they should take a handful of pasta confused.

I bagged up a few sweets in those clear poly bags so everyone not only got a fair share but also didn't ruin the packs either.

Seems I've set myself a challenge for next year though as the comments from parents included me being "organised", "being different" and "a nice change from the usual just grabbing"

Anyone who knows me knows organisation in 'mum things' is not my strong point so I've made notes from this thread in my diary for next year.

Hope everyone else had the Halloween they wanted - peaceful/full of visitors/clean smile

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