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Boo! Halloween Candy Strategies (by Jennifer Davis)

by bkhoury on October 25, 2012

It’s coming.  Are you ready?  In just a few short days our little ghosts and goblins are going to come running home, eyes glazed over in a sugar-induced high, and shout in amazement, “Mom, look at all this candy!”

For many years, the strategy I employed for dealing with the onslaught of Halloween candy could best be described as “defensive eating”—I’d gobble up the Snickers bars and Rolos thinking that at least my kids weren’t eating that junk.  As I’ve gotten older and (hopefully) wiser, I’ve changed my ways—partly because I want to be healthy and partly because jeans are now so expensive that I really don’t want to outgrow my favorite pair any time soon.  Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years for dealing with the candy avalanche that is Halloween:

The Switch Witch
I’m pretty sure the Switch Witch is best friends with the Tooth Fairy, because they both go about their jobs the same way.  A day or two after Halloween, let your kids know that the Switch Witch is coming that night.  Then at bedtime, have your kids set their candy out for the Switch Witch swap.  She arrives magically on her broomstick in the middle of the night, takes the candy away and leaves a small toy in its place.  The majority of my kids’ friends love doing the Switch Witch swap and happily trade their candy for a toy.  My two, however, are determined to hold on to their sugary loot.  So we move on to…

Enjoy it, Then Forget it
At our house, the kids can pick three small pieces of candy a day.  They choose the candy in the morning and can eat it whenever they want.  I don’t want to be asked, “Can I have my candy?” a million times a day, so they select their candy and are responsible for it.  Inevitably, one kid will Hoover down all three pieces after breakfast on that first day, but they quickly learn to space it out and truly enjoy their treats.  The best part is that since we’re not making a big deal over the candy, it doesn’t stay a huge focus for long.  This is when we start to forget it…

By day four, I move the trick-or-treat bags from the kitchen counter to the pantry—out of sight, out of mind.  A little while later the novelty wears off and they forget to pick out their candy for the day.  Once that happens a couple of times, I move the candy to the waaaay back of a little-used cupboard and we don’t think about it until next Halloween – which is good for my kids and my skinny jeans!

What about you?  Any good Halloween tricks you use to deal with candy overload?  Give us a treat and share your tips in the comment section below. 

  • I hadn’t hear of the Switch Witch before! I will see how obsessed the kids are with their candy this year and maybe give it a try!

    By Kathy on October 28, 2011 at 10:22 AM
  • I’m hoping the kids just get bored of the candy after one night of ODing but think that might be wishful thinking.  I like the enjoy and forget but I can see some serious begging for more throughout the day going on too.

    By mommyme on October 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM
  • In the past I’ve just pretended that the candy doesn’t exist after one night. Not sure that will work as kids get older this year.  Great suggestions!

    By Amanda on October 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM
  • I make a “DUMP CAKE” at the end of the week and open up all the little packets (or at least quiet a few) and cover a sheet cake in all that candy.  The kids get a nice big piece a time or two that weekend and then i dump the remains of the dump cake.  In the coming days when they do (and they will) ask for their candy, I remind them we used it all up on our yummy cake.  All done.

    By Wendy on October 29, 2011 at 02:39 AM
  • We love the idea of a DUMP CAKE! Thanks for sharing the great idea!

    By bkhoury on October 30, 2011 at 03:16 PM
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