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What do you do with Halloween candy?

Parents: What do you do with the massive amount of Halloween candy that your kids collect? Do you ration it out to them? Pay them for it? Donate it?

We're curious to hear how you handle the Halloween candy surplus!
In Topics: Nutrition, Family fun / holiday celebrations
> 60 days ago

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Dr.Monika
Nov 3, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Although collecting Halloween candy involves effort, it is considered a fun activity, not work.  Therefore, the candy is not earned, and kids should not get paid for it.

Rationing candy and sharing them with others make more sense.  Whatever parents decide to do with the sweets, they need to remember that too much sugar can lead to cavities, not to mention behavioral issues!

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pigtoria
pigtoria writes:
Hi….

As a school fundraising event, we are “selling” our Halloween candies to a local dental office for $1.00 a pound who will then donate all the candies to the military troops and their families. Donate the candies is the best way to give away the candies.  Contact your local military troops office branch or any organization that you feel may benefits from the candies.  Good luck!

Hope this helps!

Vicki
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RoxanneR
RoxanneR , Child Professional, Teacher writes:
It's likely that there are some things you feel are okay for your child to have and other things you would rather they don't eat.  You could sort through it this way, or perhaps sort through it with them allowing them to have say 30 choices, then donate the remainder to other organizations such as food banks, homeless shelters, women's shelters, etc.
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BigSis
BigSis writes:
We usually keep a medium-sized ziplock bag of candy; my sister gets to choose which ones make it in the bag. The rest is sent to our family in the Philippines, where they consider American candy to be a treat.

I feel that donating is a great way to get rid of the halloween candy surplus :)
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laurenf
laurenf writes:
We let them select about 15-20 pieces they want (after checking over the candy to make sure everything is wrapped) and then take the rest into the office. This way they get some sugar, but not a ton.
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LindaBologna
LindaBologna writes:
For my kindergarten granddaughter, the amount of candy she gets is overwhelming.  Together, we sort, and choose a reasonable amount for her to keep, and eat gradually.  The rest we use to play math games: categorizing, patterns, one-to-one correspondence, addition, ordinal numbers, etc.  Then when she tires of that, we glue the wrapped candies onto a large piece of cardboard, creating a collage of some of the patterns she likes.  After displaying it for a while, it gets thrown away.  It is sad to waste it, but it's better than eating too much candy.
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PaulaBeckerman
PaulaBecker... writes:
When the children were younger, we had a visit from the Halloween fairy every year.  After trick or treating and checking the candy for safety, our boys would choose 2 things to eat right away, and 10 things to keep, and they'd eat them one or two a day as they wanted them.  The rest of the candy went back into the bag, and was left outside the back door over night.  The Halloween fairy would come and take it away, and in its place she left our favorite fruits, and small toys!  Finding those the next morning was a big part of Halloween for my family!   Part of making this all work was limiting how much candy we collected, which we did by spending plenty of time at home handing out candy after we spent a short time collecting.
A friend of mine did ask what the Halloween fairy does with the candy, and I must admit, she stores it on her thighs!
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KathleenMorrison
KathleenMor... writes:
We've done several variations similar to the previous responses: selling it to the dentist; donating it to troops & food banks; using it in the classroom as positive reward (1 piece per reward earned) & staff room/office treats.

When my kids were small and only went out for a short time I would use the extra candy (candy not chosen as keepers) to replenish the goody bowl for those who came to our door.
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