Oh Halloween, I love to hate you. I withheld from purchasing Halloween until Thursday.
That leaves me two days to continue to exhibit self control from eating all the bad things.
Are you dressing up for Halloween? I have a witches costume. That’s not me, btw.
My kids are dressing up as well. A 50’s girl, the grim reaper, and a ninja.
I bought them new Halloween bags to collect candy and the tween girl child smirked at what she perceived as *too small* bags. I let my kids trick or treat to their heart’s desire and I even let them eat a few pieces the night of. I’m not sure why they get so excited about this night, except for the dressing up in costume and collecting candy from neighbors.
But a few days later, I make a deal with them.
Hand over the candy in exchange for a gift (or money). Yes, I bribe my kids to STOP eating candy. It’s worked for the last few years- I hope it works this year. I mean c’mon, how much candy do they really *need*? They need none of it, they want all of it, they get to keep some of it.
So what do you do with ALL that leftover Halloween candy?
- Let them keep and eat it ALL. They will shout with glee, you will regret the daily sugar highs- ha! And their poor teeth….
- Let them keep some and trash the rest.
- Take it to work and let all your co-workers eat it.
- Have your significant other take it to their work. Personally, this works better for me as I don’t need chocolate candy temptations mocking me in the face at my desk.
- Donate it. Operation Shoebox and Operation Gratitude both accept candies to send in care packages to soldiers oversees. Pay attention to what they accept, and when/where to send the stuff. This is a GREAT option and a personal favorite.
- Swap it. Check Halloween Candy Buyback for a dentist nearby who will swap your candy for prizes and money. They in turn send the candy to Operation Gratitude. Also, there are many other dentists whom accept Halloween candies on their own (I’m not sure what they do with it, though!).
- Gift it.
- Use/save it for the next birthday pinata you have to fill, but make sure to put it away somewhere inconvenient so you are not tempted to partake in a sugar binge.
- Freeze it. Or use it for holiday baking (I don’t like this idea because that means the candy is still inside my house).
- Do like I do and strike a deal with your kids. Offer to buy it off of them or exchange for a gift you bought them. If I go the gift route, I chose something in the $10 range and wrap it.
What do you do (or let your children do) with all that Halloween candy? Are you dressing up tonight?