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Our Halloween Plan: Dinner Time Before CANDY Time

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Our Halloween Plan: Dinner Time Before CANDY Time #Treats4All

When Halloween falls on a school day, as it does this year, it can be a challenge to get the kids to sit down for dinner before heading out for candy. “We’ll just eat candy for dinner!” they say. “Not on my watch,” I respond. “It’s dinner time BEFORE candy time!” I remind them. I can usually get them to sit still for a few minutes to have a quick dinner. I remind them that this meal will help them maintain their energy to get through our entire neighborhood. It requires a lot of walking.


My son came with me to Walmart to select this year’s Halloween dinner. He chose Meatballs and Mozzarella Hot Pockets. Walmart has a great value pack of 12. This comes in handy for the after trick-or-treating munchies as well. Even if it’s just my husband and I with those munchies while the kids chow down on their candy.


This is a fun time for us to map out our trick-or-treating route through our neighborhood. There is one street in particular that tends to give out full size candy. The kids like to strategize about the best time to hit this block on our route. We often spend this time waiting for my husband to come home to join the festivities as well.


My little Harry Potter and Sleeping Beauty can’t wait to get going. I tell them to spend at least a few minutes letting their stomachs settle before we run out the door. “Don’t forget to double check our Trick-or-Treat Checklist Mom,” reminds my son. Here is ours:


What do you make at your house for dinner time before candy time?

Check out the fun ideas on the Nestle Flavorful Moments site. Find other ideas by using the #Treats4All and #CollectiveBias hashtags.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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  1. katherine says:

    We don’t celebrate but we love hot pockets. They are so tasty!

  2. Rebekah says:

    This is my daughter’s first year for trick or treating, and I am so excited. I will probably make her something warm and filling (hot pockets sound good!) because it is so cold out now. I love how your kids map out the best route for maximum candy. That’s something I would have done as a child!

  3. Lena says:

    Those are some really great go to snacks. Especially when everyone is hungry and I have nothing else.

  4. I will have to pick up some Hot Pockets for my kids. My daughter is so picky so it’s tricky finding something that she will eat. I’m sure my son would love them, he just loves to eat, ha!

  5. Holly S. says:

    I usually let them pick out something and last year it was chili dogs. Hot Pockets are a great idea and would get us out the door so much quicker!

  6. Liz says:

    I’m a grown-up but I still think dinner time is best before candy time :P. My parents used to make me a nice dinner before going out trick-or-treating, as I recall. Hot Pockets sound like a perfect, quick meal.

  7. wow can I just compliment your photos?! I swear they look like true advertising photos here and hot pockets should use them for an ad! Love them! Anyway lol my kids are all grown up and I can not remember what we ate before they went out in all honesty. I do however remember the good times trick or treating! Another thing I like is your idea that these are not just good for before trick or treating dinner, I mean like the kids would turn down hot pockets no matter how excited they are to go out and get candy! No way! But they are as you said a great quick energy snack on a fast trip back home to dump out the candy and refill the trick or treat bags again! Takes just seconds in the microwave – get the bellies full with some fuel to go back out again! Yay! Oh I do miss those days!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I recently discovered Meatball Hot Pockets – love them!!! This seems like a great way to make sure the kids eat dinner before they dive into those treats! Thanks for sharing. #client

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