What I didn't know, until very recently, was that my mother was secretly, gradually throwing a significant portion of our candy into the garbage to make sure that we weren't indulging too much for too long. Generally all Halloween goods were gone well before Christmas season. As a trusting** and obedient child I never suspected a thing. When we got older my mother began to throw out candy in front of my brother insisting that it had "gone bad".
This isn't an issue that we have to deal with this year, as my children will be visiting a total of 5 houses (2 sets of grandparents and 3 neighbours mainly to show off their costumes), but it's something to consider for the future. When I complained to Chris about my mother's confection deception he shrugged and told me that growing up he ate a lot of candy that he didn't even like after Halloween simply because it was there.
Jack - as Batman - Halloween 2011
The Original Minion - Molly as "Minion" from Despicable Me - Halloween 2011
The Halloween Witch
I received a press release a couple of weeks ago about this and here's the pitch direct from the mouth of Founder & President Jennifer Carlson Broe, Baby Gourmet: The Halloween Witch is a household tradition for Jen's children Eamon and Findlay. Trick-or-treating is an experience that children love and Jen knew it would be very difficult (and disappointing for the kids!) to convince them not to participate - yet she was concerned about them eating big bags of candy. So...she told them about the Halloween Witch.
Eamon and Findlay have fun picking out their 10-15 favourite treats to keep and then they leave the rest of their candy next to the fireplace. The Halloween Witch visits their home each year and takes away the candy in exchange for a new present. Jen's children enjoy the whole of experience of Halloween without the lingering damage to their nutritional plan.
- You're lying to your kid.
- Your kid is ridiculed for talking about a mythical creature that no one else has ever heard of. Other kids throw their excess of candy corns at them and they are shunned from their social circle.
- You need to go out and purchase replacement treats and create yet another hallmark holiday.
The Switch Witch
This is an on line version I found that is a bit different then the one above. The Switch-Witch is coined as an eco fairy who comes once a year, on November 1st and takes away the most-offensive candy**** and replaces them with healthier surprises.
- You're still lying to your kid.
- Your kid continues to get ridiculed for talking about a mythical creature that no one else has ever heard of that has brought them things that they can't trade at lunch time. Other kids (in greater numbers) throw their excess of candy corns at them and they are shunned from their social circle.
- You need to go out and purchase replacement treats.
Encourage your children to play with their food! Let them do experiments to turn their candy into experiments, art work or jewellery. Here are two great sites: http://www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html (there is also a book you can say, purchase on November 1st) or http://www.kidsparties123.com/crafts/edible-jewelry/
- Some candy will get consumed in the making of the crafts.
- It encourages wasting and playing with food.
- Your kids could burn down your house creating a candy experiment or try to eat a varnish covered candy off of their bracelet.
Sharing is Caring
Why not encourage your kids to select some treats for mom and dad to bring into work and share with coworkers, give a goodie bag to the bus driver, postal worker, hair dresser, barber and the grandparents. Check and see if your local food bank will accept donations of wrapped candies.
- You have to negotiate with a child caught midst a CANDY CANDY CANDY state of mind with no pay off but kindness. Think negotiating with Cookie Monster at the Christie factory outlet.
*There is truly nothing more scary than 3 flatulent children running around the streets, thanks mom.
**See stupid and unobservant.
***And ultimately the parents - cause come on - I know how much candy I eat on Halloween night when I give out treats and can only imagine the candicopia headed our way.
****So like those stupid caramels wrapped in Halloween paper, raisins and toothbrushes?