My family loves Halloween. Costumes, the crisp fall air, and THE CANDY! I want my son to enjoy trick-or-treating, but I also want him to be health conscious and practice good hygiene. Our family motto is everything in moderation. So how do we handle the mounds of candy leftover after that momentous day? And how do we keep from snacking on that seemingly bottomless bag of sugary sweetness? Here are a few ideas to keep your kids candy stash from wrecking your diet.
~Schedule a visit from “The Great Pumpkin.” He comes the night after Halloween to take away some of the candy your child collected to share with others. Make this another fun tradition by helping your child write a letter saying, “I can’t eat this all, please share with someone who didn’t get to go trick-or-treating.” Then it is up to you as mom and dad to decide where that candy goes. I know some parents who throw it away and some donate it to organizations to toss out at parades. Some donate it to businesses or shelters.
~Visit your dentist office. Some dental practices will allow children to bring in candy. Often they weigh it and pay the child so many cents per pound NOT to eat the candy. Check with your local provider to see if they have a candy buy out. Put that money in the piggy bank or buy something special!
~Dole out the candy your child is allowed to keep sparingly. Pick one or two small pieces each day for a set time. One week or two and after that the candy fest is done.
~Get crafty. Some candy doesn’t taste appealing to everyone, so help your child sift through what they don’t like and use it in art projects. Gingerbread house making is around the corner. I bet that hard candy would look fabulous glued to a rooftop with frosting!