With Halloween approaching the stores are filled with bags and bags of candy. When I was little I remember this being one of the best days of the year! My parents on the other hand, weren’t so excited.
Now that I am on the other side, I praise people for giving away toothbrushes and floss as opposed to candy, it’s official, I am a boring adult. If you are also having nightmares about the cavities you see your family developing here are some fun ways get that candy out of your house and even give it to a good cause.
Let your kids trade up:
I am fortunate enough that Bean is still at an age where I can make things “disappear” and she doesn’t really notice or she gets over it quickly but if your child is older, that isn’t so easy. Have some things they really want and you approve that they can “trade” their candy in for. You don’t have to break the bank with this but you can choose fun educational toys, Fisher Price Little People, coloring books, whatever your child enjoys.
This is my favorite option, you can get rid of the candy and you can teach your children about giving to others. You trick or treat as you normally would, sort through the candy removing any candy that is melted, crushed or wrappers that are torn. (You can save your favorite pieces guilt free). Package it and send it off to our troops serving overseas who don’t have access to the luxuries of home 🙂Soldier’s Angels 145 N Sierra Madre Blvd. Suite 5 Pasadena, CA 91104
Keep the best treats
For the candy you do decide to let your child have, go for the most nutritious pieces like crackers, dried fruit, pretzels and even fun toys, pencils and stickers. Choose pieces that don’t get stuck in your child’s teeth and cause those expensive cavities like chocolate as opposed to chewy candies like candy corn. You can also make your own healthy treats for your family to enjoy! In case you missed it, check out our Healthy Halloween Snacks video for ideas!
X-raying candy, Genius or crazy?
Most people have heard horror stories of evil people putting razor blades, pin needles and other unthinkable things in the candy they give out. I think it’s a personal decision on what you decide to do but you can look up places in your area that will scan your child’s candy. Some places are even offering to do it for free. Be sure to inspect each piece individually, toss any that look like they’ve been opened and resealed, torn packaging and anything that looks suspicious.
Have you figured out your toddlers costume yet? Are you dressing up? Let me know in the comments below!
-Crystal & the Bean