It’s Halloween and if you’ve got kids, it means your little ghosts and goblins are probably getting all dressed up tonight and will return with a ridiculous amount of candy. Sugar is the last thing I want my kids to have in unlimited supply…so I’ve got to be mean mommy and confiscate most of the loot. The tricky thing is getting the Halloween candy out of your house. Because even though those candy bars are ‘fun sized’, you can’t eat ten of them. And they will most definitely not be fun after they attach to your bum.
So, how to get rid of the Halloween candy? First you’ve got to wrestle it from your kids. Then you’ve got to make it go far, far away. Need help? We’ve got some ideas!
1. Institue a Halloween Candy Buy Back program with your kids. Set a price per piece and let your kids exchange candy for cold, hard cash. Make sure you have them tally up the total – it’s great for their math skills! Once you buy the candy, please read below for ideas to get rid of it. Just because you buy it back, does not mean you are entitled to eat it! On that note, many dentists offices have candy buyback programs. Which is pretty funny, considering candy is job security for them…I kid, I kid!!
2. Donate your excess candy to places like Meals on Wheels, your local food bank, or a homeless shelter. Even though it’s not the healthiest donation, everyone loves a sweet treat now and again.
3. Send it in with your significant other to the office. Not your own office. Because then you’ll still be in the same room with it. Send it to someone else’s office.
4. Wrap it up in a pretty box and anonymously leave it on your neighbors porch (just make sure you’re not my neighbor!). They’ll wish they could thank (or punch) you for it.
5. Throw it in the garbage can and squirt dish soap all over it. Throw a couple of dirty diapers on it for good measure. You won’t be tempted to dig it out in a moment of weakness. This also works for cupcakes and ice cream (and yes, I’ve totally done this before).
6. Use those sweet treats to learn! Make a time capsule with it, bury it in the back yard, and dig it up in 10 years. I’m pretty sure you won’t be tempted to eat it then! Or check out Candy Experiments for fabulous and creative experiments for your little scientists.
7. Use it for art projects! Make a collage out of the candy then throw some Mod Podge over that junk. Take a picture. Put it on Pinterest!
8. Out of sight, out of mind. If you want to keep the candy but don’t want to indulge daily, put it somewhere that is difficult to access. Put it in an airtight container and stick it in the attic, in the back of the linen closet, or somewhere you don’t pass by often. You can even freeze your candy – throw it in the deep freeze and save it for stockings at Christmas. Your kids won’t even recognize it!
9. Give it to the ‘Candy Fairy’. I love this idea. Have your child pick out a few pieces to keep, then pack it up and leave it for the Candy Fairy, who will take it to kids who didn’t get any Halloween candy.
10. Donate it to our troops. Send your sweet treats to those who are working so hard to keep us safe. It’s a small gesture, but I’m sure very appreciated! Check out Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude for more information.
How do you deal with the deluge of candy? Do you confiscate and destroy? Do you let your kids keep it? Tell all in the comments!