Ever since Halloween night, my husband and I have been plagued with the same question. Over and over. When we wake up and when we go to bed.
Can I have some candy?
It doesn’t matter that we tell them only after lunch and dinner can they have a piece. They somehow “forget” every time they ask and pretend to be shocked when we remind them of the rules…
I didn’t know!
It’s getting so bad that I’m even being woken up by the question! Not to mention it’s all three of my boys!
It’s not like we don’t have sweets in the house all year. Grandma and Nanamma bring candy and sweets when they visit and the kids flip. They’re super excited while they’re here and then they mellow when the visits are over. Typically the sweets last us forever! We put them up in our pantry, where the kids can’t see, and they usually leave us alone about it.
Halloween candy is a whole new beast.
Make A Few Big Desserts
Take all the chocolate your kids got and freeze it. You can use it to throw in a milkshake or even make gooey cookie bars! This way you use a big chunk for something the whole family can enjoy. Not to mention it helps us all avoid midnight chocolate cravings!
Donate Your Candy To A Soldier http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/halloween-candy-for-the-troops/
You can donate to Operation Gratitude and they send care packages to troops. You can tell your kids how excited the soldiers will be when they open up a package full of Halloween candy!
The holidays are a great time to teach your kids about giving back!
Get A Treat From Your Dentist
A lot of dentist’s offices offer an exchange for Halloween candy. You bring in your candy and they will let you switch out your candy for a toothbrush and a few prizes out of their treasure box they keep for patients.
The Candy Fairy
Let your kids indulge for one night and then have them leave their candy out for the candy fairy. When they fall asleep switch it out for a small gift. This way they still get something for all their hard-earned Halloween candy, however, it’s without a toothache!
Expert Parent Tips
If you’re really feeling snarky, here are a few other ways to unload all the Halloween candy! Not that I’ve ever done any of these….
The Pantry Monster
When the kids wake up one morning, incessantly begging for candy, go to the pantry and feign complete shock when you see all the candy is gone. Run from cupboard to cupboard looking for the “missing” candy only to come to the sad realization it’s gone. This is when you introduce the pantry monster to your kids. The pantry monster did it and you couldn’t do anything to stop it.
The downside of this method is the pantry monster is a little scary and may end up causing you more of a hassle when they come to your room in the middle of the night….
Instead of taking it all overnight… you can do what my cousin’s dad does.. Every time you pass the candy you can take a handful. Put the handful into your own secret candy stash and enjoy.
If your kids start to notice they’re candy supply dwindling, put the blame on them!
Wow, you are eating it fast!
What do you do with your extra Halloween candy?