Happy Wednesday, Rock Stars!
Today I received a question from a reader who asked: “What’s the best way to manage Halloween candy with my kids?” I love this question, because it’s definitely something I struggle with as well. No, REALLY. Our family simply cannot have gobs and gobs of candy lying around. It will magically disappear in record time. Even when I stock up on bags to give out on Halloween, I promptly deliver them across the street to our wonderful (and extremely disciplined) neighbors who hold onto it for us until the big night. I am always in awe of families who just have Halloween candy lying around for MONTHS! It’s baffling to me – and impressive:).
When deciding how to manage all the candy, what’s most important (as with all decisions) is knowing what works best for your family. What we have recently started doing, is allowing the boys to have a handful to eat that night, and then choose 10 pieces to keep for themselves – for however long it lasts. The rest we take and either donate or toss. In exchange for all of the candy they have worked hard to collect, we usually give them a store gift card, a $10 bill, or some small item they’ve had their eyes on. That’s what works for us, but here are a few ideas that might work for your family.
- Let them eat all they want the first night, then portion out the candy for specified days they get to have a treat.
- Allow the children to choose a few pieces for themselves, then mail the rest over to the troops. Check out the link to Operation Gratitude here: https://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/
- Take the extra into your workplace.
- Give it to the dentist. Check with your dentist or orthodontist. Many are offering a candy buy back program, where they will give your child money in exchange for however many pounds of candy you bring them. I especially love this because I now have two boys with so much metal in their mouths that they can hardly eat most of the candy anyway.
- Set a specific date where you decide all the candy leaves the house, so you don’t have constant temptation.
- Check out a cool dessert recipe that you can make and share together using the candy, then get rid of the rest.
- For younger kids, have the kids count out how many pieces of each type of candy they received, then make a chart or graph with that info.
- Donate the candy to a local children’s hospital or a senior center.
- Save the candy to use for all of your upcoming holiday baking and gingerbread house making!
The key is to set up a structure and plan for how you are going to handle the candy BEFORE Halloween night. Communicate the plan to all of your family members, and write it out on a “Rules for Halloween” list that you can post somewhere for the whole family to see. Having a plan ahead of time will definitely decrease tears and frustration for both kids AND parents. Remember to have fun and Happy Halloween!
How does your family handle the Halloween candy? Please leave a comment below and share!