Nancy, I think that many kids like to compete to see who can collect the most. You can't always choose what you are getting so you may end up with a bunch of candy items you will never eat. I called several local hospitals one year to see if i could donate some of the candy to any children. Never had any children (well, babies did not count). It was probably when our son was an infant and I could not just hop in the car to drive to Children's (45 min. away) with two small children. I think I considered homes for the elderly, but was told that there were so many dietary restrictions it wasn't worth it. We would try to consolidate what the kids got (Tim, now 19, was never into the whole Trick or Treating thing so got very little) and share, trying to avoid binges by any of the kids. I think I may have used some items for low blood sugars. Just don't remember any more now that all our kids are older. As an aside, it was interesting to learn from our middle child, who lives in Manhattan for her job, that kids in that area go trick or treating in the stores along the streets. Never heard of such a thing having been raised in, and still living in, the suburbs.