So many parents are talking about how good it feels to get rid of the Halloween candy, making better choices and getting rid of unhealthy food, so they toss it all in the TRASH when the kids are at school. My thoughts on this… STOP IT!, Stop being so wasteful!!! Now hear me out, I am all about healthy choices, but what REALLY bothers me is that fact that we live in a throw away society. We take things of value and just throw them away… Go ahead and get rid of the candy, but use it as a teaching experience or do something useful with it.
Teach your kids to give ~ Give it all away, you might not want it, but that does not mean it no longer has value. Take it to a homeless shelter, church pantry or the food bank. See if your kids teachers want it to add the treasure box at school. Send it to the the Troops who project our freedom.
Save it for another party ~ Do you put candy in your kids stockings at Christmas, or do a pinata for birthdays? Put the candy in a ziploc freezer bag and store it in the freezer till you are ready to use it. Lets be honest here, it is just wasteful to toss candy in the trash and then 7 weeks later buy more candy to fill your kids stocking???
Gingerbread house decor ~ Do you make a gingerbread house with your kids, or maybe buy a gingerbread kit. Have the kids pick out fun things to add to the gingerbread house, save it in a bag and pull it out in a few weeks when you are ready to decorate.
Buy Back programs ~ Lots of Dentist participate in buy back programs where they pay kids cash for their candy. We have several locally that participate, see if there are any in your area.
Use the chocolate in a recipe ~ Store the chocolate candy bars in a ziploc bag in the your freezer until you are ready to use them. If you plan to make chocolate chip cookies or brownies make your recipe as normal, but instead of chocolate chips add left over Halloween candy bars. It is best if you chop them up into smaller prices first. Here is a recipe for Candy-bar Crescent Rolls.
Make a Candy Bouquet ~ Make a candy bouquet and brighten someones day. They are easy to make and turn out really pretty, and an easy way to make someone smile.
Use it to motivate you kids ~ My kids LOVE candy and if I let them they would have eaten the whole bucket by now. But I believe it is good to teach them moderation and self control. On Halloween night they get a few pieces to eat, but then they have to turn it over. I am one of those “Mean Mom’s” I make my kids put all their candy in a bowl and I take it away. Each day they have the opportunity to earn two pieces once they get their homework done, eat all their dinner and get to bed on time. It totally motivates them, they want something and are willing to put forth the effort to earn it. Within a few weeks the candy is gone and eaten in moderation. And a good lesson on working for something has been learned.
If you don’t want your kids to have any sugar, then DON’T let them go to 100 doors trick or treating. Teach them to value their time, don’t spend 2 hours trick-or-treating only to toss everything in the trash 3 days later. Instead take them to a few houses, then plan something else fun to do. Maybe go to the movies, go to a special restaurant you don’t normally eat at. Have friends over and play games. Halloween is about creating memories and having fun.
What traditions or tips do you have for Halloween?
The switch witch is another way you can get your kids to TRADE their candy for something else. At that point you can then use the candy for other things or give it to them only for special occasions.
My friend was telling me about the Switch Witch a couple of days ago. Each of her kids get to choose 10 pieces of candy Halloween night, and then they leave out the rest for the Switch Witch. The witch at night and takes the rest of candy and leaves the kids money or a special toy in return.
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- On Halloween night at bedtime, kids leave a heap of their trick-or-treat sweets with their Switch Witch pal… and in the morning they will see that their candy has been switched for a special switch gift!
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