Let's talk Halloween candy strategies

How do you handle trick or treating candy hauls? Here's what we do: we let our daughter inventory everything she has, but then only eat one thing a day. The "categorizing" seems to satisfy her need to feel like it's all "her's" but without gorging on the sugar. What do you do?

  • Sara
    Oct 29, 2018

    This is my plan! But with the added stipulation that the candy will come after a meal and probably only a few that she can actually choose to pick out to eat so this doesn't last an entire month or something crazy.

  • Alexis
    Oct 29, 2018

    Handing it out rather than going to get it.

  • Cathy
    Oct 29, 2018

    I know where I live there are Halloween candy buy-back programs. They will give you $1 per pound of candy and ALL the candy is sent to our military. Not a lot of money but I’m sure our military appreciates a familiar sweet treat from being thousands of miles from home!

  • Julie
    Oct 29, 2018

    So I may change my mind in a few years when she starts actually trick or treating, but I plan to just do what my parents did...just let us eat the crap and get it over with...lol. They said it was crazy for a few nights and by the third night I was down to all the crap candy that no kid would want and they just threw that stuff out. I dunno why but it seems better than commencing a 3 week sugar high to me where I let her eat it all slowly...

  • JJ
    Oct 29, 2018

    On Halloween night itself, I let them eat as much as they want after I check it because I’m super strict about what they eat on regular days. After that, since they’re not allowed to bring any to school, they can have a piece or two after dinner, we pop some in the freezer for a later date, and we incorporate it into desserts that we give away... snickers cheesecake, Reese’s brownies, m&m cookies, etc...

  • Anne
    Oct 29, 2018

    I let them binge. It’s Halloween!

  • Rebecca
    Oct 30, 2018

    After a few days the Cookie Monster comes and leaves the wrappers all over.

  • Myrtle
    Oct 30, 2018

    There is a book called “ The switch witch”... she comes and takes her candy and leaves the toy instead. We will try this method this year

  • Kelly
    Oct 30, 2018

    I’m currently bribing my toddler to eat everything on his dinner plate with one of his “treats” per night. 🤷‍♀️ I mean if a tiny packet of gummy bears gets him to eat a whole plate of chicken and veggies I figure I’m still winning.....and eventually he’ll forget that he’s doing it for the treat.

  • Jenni
    Oct 31, 2018

    My 6 year old voluntarily separated all the chocolate with nuts (even though we don’t have nut allergies) because she doesn’t like them for her and her younger sister. We stuck that in the bowl for passing out and we’re donating the rest. Then with the candy that’s left, they earn a piece each evening if they’ve been behaving/listening.

  • Ruthie
    Nov 02, 2018

    We do the switch witch. We heard about it a few years ago and my 9 year old thinks it’s fun. Halloween night he goes through all his candy and picks ten pieces to keep, he leaves the rest of the Halloween candy outside his door, and in the morning there are little presents for him. We add some parent approved candies and Halloween themed books or toys. Nothing extravagant. It’s great and we don’t have a giant bag of candy hanging around for weeks!

  • WombatStew66
    Nov 03, 2018

    My daughter just turned 4 in early October, so she kinda gets the trick or treat to get candy but she isn't obsessed with the stuff. My husband would give her a few pieces that night. I hide the pail that night for my husband to take to his office so it's not hanging around. Out of sight out of mind, she forgets about it and never asks and we carry on as usual. I guess we are lucky.