Trick or Treat…

I’m sure any of you reading this with kids can relate to the “Halloween Buzz” that filled the air this morning.  My kids are so excited about their Fall Celebrations at school today, but even more so for some Trick-or-Treating tonight!  With each passing year it seems the kids want to stay out longer and walk farther than ever before.  My husband and I now know to bring back-up bags with us to hold the overflow of candy.  By the time we get home I feel as though we’ve all had a good workout hauling buckets filled to the brim with goodies.

So, the big question is…do I let my kids eat the candy?!  This blog is all about  promoting healthy eating for kids, right?  The fact of the matter is YES…I let my kids eat candy.  If you’re new to the blog you can go back and read my thoughts on this subject HERE.  The reality is that we do want our kids to enjoy the time honored tradition of trick-or-treating.  Very rarely do our kids eat candy so on a special occasion like today, we are a.o.k. with candy.

Having said that, there is absolutely NO WAY my kids could consume all the candy they come home with.  Because we don’t eat a lot of sweets anymore I find my kids lose interest in candy a lot faster than they did before.   I’ve always struggled with what to do with the candy after Halloween, but a friend of mine recently suggested I buy back the candy!  What a brilliant idea!  My kids are all about earning and saving money so I knew thought this would be a perfect solution for us.  After the kids get home tonight we will let the kids sort through their candy and keep some of their favorites, but we’ll offer to buy back all the leftover candy.  My plan is to buy the candy from my kids to use on an upcoming “countdown to Christmas” project we do every year (more on that later).  The extra Halloween candy would be perfect for that project so it saves me from having to run out during the holidays.   I’ll be sure to show you how I use the candy in a little closer to Christmas, but just know we hope to bring some smiles to the faces of the firefighters and police officers in our town as we thank them for their service.

Today’s Halloween lunch includes:  nitrite free ham/cheese trick or treat bag sandwich with a rope cheese handle, cheese/grapes, carrots, chocolate granola bar, trail mix in the “candy” container (I made this using the roll from an empty tin foil box, orange tissue paper and a sticker) packed in a Planet Lunch Box

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3 Responses to Trick or Treat…

  1. Jennifer Whelan says:

    My husband and I also watch how much canday we allow our girls to eat. After Halloween we trade our girls for their canday. This year my kids wanted the game Just Dance 3 for their Wii. So tomorrow we will let them keep between 5-10 pieces of candy and the rest gets traded for a special surprise. We started this last year and the girls didn’t seem to notice the candy was gone.

  2. kerri ward says:

    You might also check with your dentist. Mine buys back the candy (by weight) and the send it to troops overseas.

  3. cg says:

    I usually let the kiddo hold onto her stash for a week. She’s good about not eating much of it, she gets to choose one a day, after school and at the end of the week she usually forgets and I sift through the batch and keep some and usually throw out the rest or take it to school (my work) and share it there. My friend lets the kids choose 7 piece, then the decorate brown paper bags and fill it with the rest of the batch. They leave it out on the front porch over night so the great pumpkin can pick it up and pass it along to the kids whose parents were too busy working that night to take them trick or treating. (In actuality, they take it to church and work to share.) Our dentist will “buy” back candy in exchange for a toy plus a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste.

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