Halloween may be over, but for many kids it continues, as they dig into their candy stash on a daily basis. High fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial colors and flavors, trans fat, and saturated fat. That’s what they’re eating every time they rip open a candy wrapper. Just because they pulled in all that loot doesn’t mean that they need to eat it. So, what’s a mom to do?
Well, there are a few options.
- There’s an amazing group of dentists around the country that formed a group called Halloween Candy Buy Back. Kids bring them their Halloween candy and they get $1 per pound of candy they sell to the dentist. The dentist then sends the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military organizations. The candy is shipped overseas to the troops stationed in some of the most dangerous areas. Not only is this teaching your kids a great lesson about giving back, it doesn’t hurt that it’s saving their teeth and their waistlines! To find a participating dentist in your area, check out their website: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/
- Be the Halloween Fairy and have your kids trade their candy for money, gift cards, a toy, or a healthier homemade treat.
- Allow your kids to keep a limited number of pieces of candy (say 5-10 pieces) and dole them out slowly over the next three to four weeks. They don’t have to eat candy every day!
- Donate the candy to your local church, temple, or other community service organization who in turn can donate them to military personnel, senior citizens, people in homeless shelters, or find other good uses for them.
- We like to save certain candy that comes in handy during the winter holidays when we do our annual Gingerbread house decorating contest. It’s amazing what you can do with Skittles, m&ms, candy corn, Nerds, and other colorful pieces. Just remember to hide it all until the holidays so you don’t do the occasional “drive-by” and sampling that’s bound to happen if it’s left out in the open.