So, it’s the day after Halloween. And you’re wondering — what do we do with all that candy? We looked around for some creative ideas on how to manage the sack of sugar our kids collect on Halloween night. Of course, there is the fun of letting the kids eat it; I’m not here to say that the kids shouldn’t be able to indulge a little bit. But often there is way too much brought home; and not everyone likes every candy (my least favorite? Baby Ruth).
Here are some of the best ideas we’ve found for getting rid of or creatively using that Halloween candy collection:
– Freeze it. This is a great way to get good mileage out of Halloween candy — your kids will get a kick out of eating it much later on.
– Bake with it. This is a second way to get mileage from freezing it – you can always use those M&Ms or Snickers in your holiday baking projects.
– Save it for Gingerbread houses. Speaking of the holidays …
– Share it. You know their favorites — maybe grandma loves Hershey bars or Tootsie rolls, and grandpa enjoys Skittles and Laffy Taffy. Have the kids sort out their loved ones’ favorites; send it or deliver it to them. Or take it to a local nursing home or hospital.
– Call on “The Switch Witch.” We saw this idea mentioned in a several places. The Switch Witch is sort of like the tooth fairy. On Halloween night or whenever you want, kids go to sleep and leave out their leftover candy for the Switch Witch. She takes it, and leaves a brand new toy behind in its wake.
– Create a Thanksgiving countdown calendar. Sort of like an Advent calendar, devote one piece of candy for every day between now and Thanksgiving. A great way to meter out candy without so obviously metering out candy.
– Take it to a Halloween buy back program, such as the one offered at Chladny Orthodontics on Nov. 1. Bring Dr. Chladny your Halloween candy and for every pound he will give: $1 to you, $1 to Crisis Nursery, and all of the candy to the troops via Operation Gratitude. This year they are also collecting Beanie Babies/Webkinz to include in the shipment of candy to Operation Gratitude. November 1, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1715 Broadmoor Drive, Champaign.
What are the ways you manage the candy your children receive on Halloween?