This Halloween was one for the records. I have never before seen so much candy that was not on a candy isle at the grocery store. My kids have been in sugar heaven for the past week and I finally decided that something had to be done before they became toothless. After some research I found some awesome ideas to get rid of the excess candy while keeping my kids happy.
- Share it! Visiting our neighbors is one of those things that my kids find fascinating. If I ever need to run next door really quick they are right on my feet. One of our favorite things to do is share treats and recipes which has come in handy with all the extra candy we have. This week we made tootsie roll fudge and snicker apple dip that we wrapped up and shared with as many neighbors as we could. Not only did it shed some extra candy weight but it also helped us catch up with our friends and neighborhood.
- Visit from the Switch Witch. A popular idea I have heard about lately is a witch who comes to collect all your extra candy and leaves a non-edible surprise behind. I wasn’t so sure about this idea at first because I am not crazy about buying toys for no reason. But, I have seen lots of kids receive a family movie, or needed school item, etc. This would be a really awesome way have your children happily trade something they do not need for something they do. Win win!
- Donate it. Our local police and fire station take Halloween candy donations and seem to love receiving it. My kids enjoy visiting these places as well as the feeling they get for giving something to others.
- Send it to Troops. There are many different ways to donate to our troops but Operation Gratitude have many different donation places across the nation for Halloween candy. Our local school board building is our drop off place and it was moving to see how much candy they had received to send to soldiers. This is such an easy way to brighten our troops day.
Whatever you choose to do… involve your kids! Let them be a part of making someone else’s day better!
Grace was born and brought up in Bessemer, Alabama but has a great love for exploring new places. She has been married for 8 years and has 3 kids, expecting number 4 in December. Having been a student off and on for the last 10 years she is excited to say that she is finally graduating from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling this year. She loves to learn and share what she learns with as many people as possible. Strengthening and encouraging positive relationships with couples and families is a life goal and passion. Her biggest hobby is her family and finding new and fun ways to accomplish the above life goal in her home.