And, for those of you who take your children trick-or-treating, what will do with all the candy? Seriously, how many of us are still eating our Halloween candy at Christmas? (Guilty.)
Well, I have scouted around for some fresh ideas that appeal to kids and won’t break your pocket book.
- Glow sticks in balloons—you can get these items fairly cheaply from the dollar store.
- Mini Containers of Play-dough—I’ve seen these in some Aldi stores and heard they were at Costco.
- Bubbles—make them glow in the dark by pouring glow stick liquid inside the mixture.
- Small toys—bouncy balls, plastic bugs, stickers, bookmarks, whistles, temporary tattoos, etc.
- Decorate mini bottles of water or juice boxes.
- Mini packages of chips, gold fish, or animal crackers—buy in bulk at Sam’s Club or Costco.
- Draw pumpkin faces on clementines.
- Gift certificates for ice cream desserts at Wendy’s or McDonalds—buy packs of certificates for reasonable prices
If all else fails, consider other creative ideas. I read a fun idea about a family whose father dressed up like Pooh every year and passed out honey sticks purchased from a local, honey farm. The kid’s in his neighborhood look forward to it every year.
After Halloween’s over and your kids have done their best to break their record intake of candy, what’s to become of this sugary drug?
Some parents do a candy trade (similar to the tooth fairy) where kids leave their candy out and wake up the next morning to find a special gift or toy.
In the meantime, parents take that candy obtained from the trade and get creative:
- Freeze it—eat it later or save it for tasty recipes in the kitchen (ice cream, cookies, milkshakes, etc).
- Put chocolate in your coffee instead of creamer or sweeteners.
- Practice Counting—use skittles or other pieces of candy to help your younger ones learn to count.
- Science Experiment—let your children learn about science thru candy experiments (see: Science 2.0 for ideas)
- Holiday Decorations—use candy pieces to decorate a ginger bread house for Christmas.
- Birthday Pinata—Looking for a birthday activity? Yeah…brilliant, I know.
- Take it to work.
- Donate the candy—mail it to troops through Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude; give it to a local nursing home or shelter.