My kids are grown and gone, so I don’t have the “problem” of too much candy dragged home on Halloween. I say problem in quotes, because they hated my favorites, so I always got a good share of the haul. I don’t have the problem of my eating the candy I buy for neighborhood kids, because we live back in the woods; anybody who came trick-or-treating back here, I’d be afraid to open the door to. In other words, I don’t buy candy for trick-or-treaters, because we don’t have them.
BUT, I’m all about public service, so this post is about trimming down the amount of candy after the haul is brought in. Thanks to Kristi Approved (The Body Blog) for this post idea and the candy buy-back alert.
Our kids loved to gloat over their haul. They emptied out their candy buckets and arranged the candy. Sorted it by kind, by most-liked to least-liked (I got those), by size, by how long it took to eat it. Encourage your kids to do this. A big part of the joy of the candy is reveling in the sheer quantity of it. It also lets you get a handle on what they have and how much. Let them indulge in a (reasonable) candy orgy that night. November 1, you can start culling.
How much candy a day do you consider reasonable? One piece? Two? Three? Decide, then announce it to the kids. Give each one a clear plastic bag with his/her name on it. Let each child start with the “best” treat and count out pieces to last through the end of November. Then they need to lay off, so they’ll be ripe for Christmas. 🙂 Whatever is left is disposed of.
You can take it to a homeless shelter, a children’s home, a soup kitchen, a food pantry, a nursing home, a police station or the nurses’ station of a hospital.
You can go to the Halloween Candy Buy-Back site and see if there’s a dentist in your area who pays kids for candy, then sends the candy they buy to military support groups.
Have the kids help you package the candy in small bags and think about one thing they like about the adults they know, have them write those thoughts on cards, put the cards in the bags, and give the bags to those adults. The adults will appreciate the thought, even if they don’t like the candy.
What are some other ways to trim the treats?
WRITING PROMPT: What is your main character’s favorite candy (or sweet, or bad-for-you treat)?