Halloween Candy Horror

by on October 24, 2010

I am going to say it … right out loud.

If you are sensitive, please leave now.

Are you ready?

HALLOWEEN CANDY.

Do you ask your friends how much candy your kid should eat on the big day?  Do you worry about oral hygiene and glucose levels, or ponder what IS the appropriate allotment of candy per day following Halloween? One piece, three pieces?

Does everyone tell you that Halloween candy rots teeth, causes hyperactivity, and could lead to obsessive over-indulgence later in life? And are you certain it’s true because it was in the NEWS?

Did your best friend just share a new Halloween candy study concluding that if you give your child carte-blanche with his Halloween candy, it could lead to a life of one endless sugar high after another?  Sad. Very sad.

Okay.  I am making fun of you. I’m sorry.  I will make it up to you. Please stop biting your nails and whimpering!  Here are some suggestions for “WHAT TO DO WITH THE HALLOWEEN CANDY.”

  • Offer to buy the candy back from your child at 10 cents per piece. If you go this route, make sure your kid does not take the candy from your candy bowl and sell it back to you.
  • The Great Pumpkin Switch. Take the candy, put it by the front door and the Great Pumpkin comes while your kid is sleeping and exchanges the candy for a present. This involves figuring out a suitable present, buying it, and remembering to make the exchange.  Hint: Make sure you don’t leave the candy on the kitchen table when you make the exchange.  I know one gleeful trick-or-treater who ended up with candy and a present when this mistake was made.  Her dad was too weary to go for the save.
  • Have your child trick-or-treat for Mommy or Daddy’s office. The child goes out and collects the candy, and the next day you take it to the office to share with the poor starving candy-less office employees. I am not speaking theoretically here. I do know a family that pulled this off.

Now that I have shared my sweet and sensitive side, indulge me as I share the REAL way to play the Halloween candy game.

  • Let the kids trick-or-treat until they can’t carry their own bag, are limping, and are so weary that “Trick-or-Treat” comes out “Rekcirt  Reeks.”
  • Suggest it is time to go home and weigh the candy.
  • Weigh the candy and greatly exaggerate the amount collected. It’s Halloween, not a math lesson.  Loudly announce the number of pounds of candy collected with pride and gusto. It’s not as much candy as you collected as a child, but close. Very close.
  • Dump the candy stash out on the table. Oooh ..! Ahhh ..!
  • As the responsible adult, pretend to check for open packages and pieces of candy that could be poisoned.  Naturally, you are culling the stash for your favorite candy.
  • Curse the raisins and gluten-free treats. Try to remember which houses handed them out as “treats” so you can bring it up at the next block party.
  • Go to bed. Make sure the candy is out of reach of any and all family pets.  Being the parent who has to explain where the candy is the next morning while the other parent makes an emergency Walgreens run to replace the five pounds of candy the family dog ate and is now throwing up will put a damper on your Halloween spirit. And if the dog dies from too much candy consumption … that is not good. This has never happened to me … the dog dying part.
  • The next morning, suggest candy before breakfast.  Clap wildly at their selection. “Bravo Tootsie Roll!!”  “Oh my God, is that a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup?!” You get the idea.  Add candy to their lunch if they have school. Of course, it’s not allowed. Live dangerously.  Leave the candy on the table in a bowl.
  • Later, suggest the kids sort the candy into piles and  throw out the icky candy. Encourage them to eat one piece of candy for each piece of candy they throw out. “Wow!  These Smarties sure look good! Have you tried a piece of this taffy?  Milky Ways – mmmmmm good!”
  • That night, take some of the candy from the bowl and throw it into a bag. The bowl of candy stays out in plain view on the table.  The candy bag is hidden.
  • The next day, encourage more candy eating,  Each night, throw more candy in your secret candy bag.
  • By day three, the candy is bowl is largely ignored and will have diminished considerably.  Continue to ask often, “Have you had a piece of your Halloween candy?”  Collecting Halloween candy brings with it the responsibility for eating it. Be firm.
  • By day five, Halloween is a distant memory. The candy bowl only has a handful of good pieces left and you are treated to rolling eyes and deep sighs each time you insist they eat candy. “Well,” you say in a huff, “If you aren’t going to eat it, we will just have to get rid of it.”  If you have done your job, there will be a moment of objection, a lunge at the candy bowl, and then it will be over. Until next year.

Bonus: The next time the kids ask for candy, say, “Nope. You did not eat all of your Halloween candy.”

Now you ask, “What do we do with the secret bag of Halloween candy?”

For Gosh sakes, just pitch it!  Enough already with the Halloween candy!

Glad you were in my Odd neighborhood. Feel free to drop by any time. Odd Loves Company and odd loves you and you and you!! I would love to hear from you in the comment section of this blog, or on Facebook or Twitter!

Katybeth

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{ 8 comments }

Teresa Marie

This was very good advice. Why didn’t I know you when Kaitlin was young? She would still have Halloween (and Easter) candy in her room for months. I do remember taking it to work and sharing it once in a while. I have a dog diarrhea story (result of the candy being left out) that I’ll save for another time..

Katybeth Jensen

We will look forward to “another time…” Candy had to stay on the dining room table…Cole assumed we did not want him eating in other rooms of the house….of-course not, we just wanted to keep the good stuff within reaching distance! 😀

Antoinette

Excellent advice and it makes me very sad and envious that down under we don’t get to experience this amazing candy feast. Though it does remind me of Easter when my children used to get an abundance of chocolate and I had to resort to a chocolate egg bowl so that all and sundry could help empty it. Then I had to think of novel ways to use up the chocolate, there’s only so many rocky roads one can eat. How about coming up with some recipes to use up all the excess candy if it’s still not eaten after a week?

Katybeth Jensen

I will post some recipes Antoinette! Great idea!!

Rock Roads! I’m not sure but I don’t think I would ever tire of a chocolate candy named rock road!!

Cynthia

The photo of Cole is PRICELESS! You captured your family’s attitude of Halloween candy perfectly! I also like the psychology behind how you handled the Halloween candy issue. I think I will try this with computer use at our house:

“I am sorry, Aidan, but you CANNOT do your homework tonight. As a matter of fact, I am going to insist that you stay up until 2AM playing World of Warcraft. You can then go to sleep but I want you up again at 5AM and back playing that game! I don’t care if it IS a school day. It is all about leveling, Son! And I don’t want to hear any whining! Now that I think about it, I am going to call school and tell them that you are sick so that you can play all day!” Heh heh!

Katybeth Jensen

I found the picture after the post and thought the same thing! Thanks.

You know, I think the same psychology could work with the computer…go under cover for us and report back! Inquiring minds want to know….!

Kathy Jernigan

Now all the people out there know kids aren’t the only one that eating the candy they buy. I take bowls of candy to work with me. I let my kids eat all the candy they wanted. It was only for a few days and then life goes back to normal again. It’s fun and as we say around here “this is the only day that you can go door to door bothering neighbors and begging for candy.” When my kids were very little they wanted to visits the neighbors every time they wanted candy and I wouldn’t give them a bunch. 8). It’s would be a great to have some after Halloween candy recipes. Katybeth, please take this up right away, for us 😛

As always, a wonderful post. Happy Halloween one and all. 😈

Katybeth Jensen

Well….I’m with the kids the neighbors really should share all year around…its nice to share!!

I will work on those recipes but I am wondering if you might becoming my “pushy odd neighbor!” 😀

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