How do you limit the Halloween candy?

Carol - posted on 10/18/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'd like to limit the Halloween candy without causing a total tantrum. How do you address this issue with your kids during this time of year??

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Julie - posted on 10/24/2010

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At our house, my daughter is allowed to have a few pieces of candy on Halloween night, then she takes out some for later. BUT, the bulk of the candy is left out for the Sugar Fairy to come and take. She takes the candy and uses the colors to make rainbows. The Sugar Fairy always leaves a gift. My daughter is 8 and she is still looking forward to the Sugar Fairy. I didn't think of this myself, I got the idea from another mom, but it has been great for us!

Heather - posted on 10/24/2010

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Dr. Brian Smith on Westbank Dr will buy your kid's candy and donate it to Mobile Loaves and Fishes - that is who Kristine mentions below.

Heather - posted on 10/24/2010

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Get them to eat as much as possible on Halloween night. Then my kids and their friends start sorting and trading. They all have some candy they don't like so we make a big pile of that and I usually take that to work to put in a bowl where it all gets snapped up. The kids think it's good to give some to the grownups! They trade each other for what they do and don't like. My son is allergic to milk so the kids give him all the dark chocolate or skittles and he gives them all the milk chocolate. They know I love Snickers so they give me those, etc. After that night I try to get them to eat it all the first week and I make them brush thier teeth a lot!!

Amber - posted on 10/22/2010

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When we get home it is just about bed time, so each kid picks one candy, the rest goes into a bowl for "later" and they go to bed. Once they are down, I throw out most of the candy. My oldest is 7 and hasn't caught on yet.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2010

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After we dig through and get rid of the stuff we dislike, I put it in a giant candy bowl. The candy bowl stays on top of the fridge so only adults can reach it and decide when the kiddos can have some. My candy bowl is permanent so all the candy that is received from any occasion goes in it. My kids are 2 & 4 so they forget about the bowl until they see someone sneaking something. LOL

Carol - posted on 10/21/2010

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Great suggestions! Usually I keep the bucket out of sight and let my kids have a piece or two per day, but I hate the sugar overload the night of Halloween!

Kristine - posted on 10/21/2010

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There's a dentist in Westlake just off Westbank that does a candy buy-back & I don't think you have to be a patient there (but not 100% sure). I'd call your dentist & see if they do this too...

Tracy - posted on 10/20/2010

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No candy till we retun home. Then we dump the bags, EXOPLORING OUR TAKE, and mommy pitches the gum (not allowed, mom's pet peeve). I also try to grab anything that will cause choking hazzards and we kinda make up a game of separating the candy into type groups. After they go to sleep somehow most of the candy disappears by Halloween Pixies. Mommy's and Daddy's faves are hidden in the cubbord and the kids get to pick a piece of candy periodicly thru the days of the next week or so. Candy buckets are kept in view but not in reach. If candy is sneaked they loose candy privleges for the rest of the day. It works pretty well if you explain how much before hitting the neighborhood. Also, pick a route and try to stick to it, you do NOT have to hit EVERY house in the neighborhood.
Oh, Halloween Night is usually ended in the sugar/candy overdose.....sugar high then crash hard, it is much easier to get them to bed after all that excitement if you can stand 20 min. of this. I let them eat enough to get them to crash but not enough to cause stomache aches.

Vicky - posted on 10/20/2010

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good question! i dont think there is anything you can do about that! Just accept that one day per year it is a 'all you can eat' candy day!

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