I hope that you and your family had an awesome Halloween!
After Halloween, at least in our house, I find that I become “The Candy Policewoman”. I have to monitor candy intake and make sure that someone doesn’t gorge on too much candy. I also have to make sure that all candy trades are fair, and that no one eats out of a candy stash that doesn’t belong to them. Perhaps things are different in your house? I would guess that the answer is probably not.
In order to deal with the days after Halloween, we’ve actually come up with rules-yes rules-for Halloween candy. This year, the children decided to not participate in the candy buy back at our local dentist’s office. All the candy came to our house for them to consume. This also meant that there was more candy for me to watch over, and more candy for them to eat and argue about.
Nothing gets eaten unless it’s checked
I hate to be paranoid, but I do want to make sure that all the candy is ok to be eaten. I go through their bags and look for any signs of tampering. I also throw away any candy that is dirty or has a ripped wrapper.
Each child is allowed 2 pieces of candy per day
Truly, if they had their way, all of the candy would be eaten by now. Obviously, it’s not good to gorge on candy, and limiting them now is helping them to learn restraint. Hopefully, they’ll learn this lesson now and not the hard way in college. I still remember my college room mate eating an entire box of cookies because she could. She was so sick!
No sticky candy allowed
My children don’t yet have braces, but they’ve still had a bunch of dental work done. My one child has in spacers and all sorts of pre-orthodontic items. The “sticky” candy just isn’t worth the hassles and the expense. I am a bad mom I guess because I wait until the end of the week, and then I covertly throw the candy away while they are sleeping. If they notice, I blame the dog.
Seriously, they know that I throw away the candy because each year we do this. They do think it’s funny when I blame the dog, mostly because he could care less about eating candy. The dog doesn’t care that I blame him either. I think.
Finish it off
By mid-November, whatever hasn’t been eaten already gets combined into one bag. There is no more “my candy” at that point and all candy is up for grabs. I’ve known of people who actually still have Halloween candy around Easter, and I don’t want that to happen at our house. By the end of November, whatever hasn’t been eaten gets tossed.
I’ve found that in order to limit waste, it’s best to only trick-or-treat for about an hour. There’s only so much candy that we can realistically eat! Don’t feel bad for my kids though. This year, after trick-or-treating for an hour, they went to a party at church where they played games and visited with their friends.
These tips have helped us lower the hyperactivity, stomach aches and fighting that happen when the kids have no restriction upon Halloween candy consumption. Hopefully, they will help make life a little easier at your house too.