Going door to door and gathering up as much Trick-or-Treat candy as you can carry will always be appealing to children. That doesn't mean they have to consume it all; here's a great idea for having your kids trade candy for something a bit more meaningful (and less sugary).
Recently on Babble they mentioned a great idea for trading in treats for tickets. In Stephanie Brubaker's house her children were more than excited to trade in a few pieces of candy for tickets that mom and dad made. The tickets could be redeemed for things like staying up past bedtime, having mom or dad clean your bedroom or one-on-one hiking time outdoors.
Stephanie's children enjoyed the candy as much as they enjoyed getting tickets for them and although she never mentions what happens to the candy that is turned in (though we have a pretty good guess) we like that the kids are left with snacks, memories and additional family fun to look forward to.