So, What Do you Do with All of That Halloween Candy?
On Sunday, our family participated in one of the most lighthearted holiday traditions in America.
We all went Trick or Treating.
The weather was great, we met up with some school friends in an easy to walk around neighborhood (read: straight streets and sidewalks), and about 15 kids collected candy for an hour or so.
The adults had fun laughing at all of the cute kids, the kids had fun running and screeching up and down the street in their costumes, and they all collected a fair amount of candy (except for one of our younger trick or treaters who discovered a hole in his bag near the end of our outing!).
A common post Halloween discussion amongst parents is what to do with all of that candy. There are several schools of thought.
I was raised in a home where the candy was hidden and rationed through the year. I like candy. A lot. I wasn’t a fan of this practice.
Other parents just throw it all out (horrors!).
Others let the kids eat at it for about a week and then throw away the dregs. (I fall into this camp.)
This year I was introduced to a brand new Halloween practice. And I don’t think I like it.
A Facebook friend posted a link to the story of the Switch Witch, a mythical character (think Tooth Fairy) who shows up on Halloween night and switches the bag of candy for a toy.
So now I have to buy costumes, candy, glow in the dark safety paint, actually spend all kinds of time getting the kids dressed up to take them out to trick or treat, and then, I HAVE TO BUY THEM TOYS TOO?????? REALLY?
Here is my take on it: We don’t keep a lot of junk food around our house on a regular basis (or I’ll eat it all). My kids are healthy and fit, and generally will make healthy food choices. A week of highly processed candy will not kill them. Really, it won’t. In some ways, it gets it out of their system. And once it is gone…it is gone! (Which is better than the rationing, I cannot stand a child asking me every single day for a piece of candy.)
You know, if I didn’t want the candy in my house, we’d just not go trick or treating. We’d stay home and pass out pretzels or coupons for tofu, or turn out all of the lights and play in the basement. Or we’d just go to a party and avoid the whole mess. Or I’d even give some long boring lecture on the dangers of candy.
But really, even Dakotapam keeps super junky food in the house sometimes. Because it tastes good and the kids share! I don’t think we need to go through the trouble of trick or treating and then substitute their booty for some toys or trinkets.
So, chime in! What do you do with all of that Halloween candy? (You can send your extra Almond Joys to me…thanks!)