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Halloween is fast approaching so now is the time to figure out how you are going to handle the loads of candy your children will receive. I’m not a spoilsport about Halloween and my kids will be trick or treating. We will all be enjoying their candy on Halloween (I’m looking forward to a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup about now). However, it’s a good idea to make a decision before Halloween begins as to how you are going to handle the mounds of candy that will last long past Halloween.

Here are some ideas for decreasing the amount of candy consumed:

  • Consider donating some of your leftover candy to a local tutoring program or a donation spot that sends candy to troops overseas. Many schools do candy drives for different programs during the week following Halloween. See if your child’s school is participating.
  • Offer an incentive to your children to trade in some of their candy for a toy or game that they have been wanting.  I saw this cute Switch Witch idea on another blog. Other parents shared that they had a similar version called the Magic Pumpkin, the Candy Fairy or the Candy Pirate.
  • Offer to buy back some of their candy at a penny, nickel or dime a piece.
  • Plan for some of the fun of Halloween to be handing out candy or doing Halloween crafts/activities at home. Limiting the amount of time you spend trick or treating will naturally limit the amount of candy.
  • Consider non-food alternatives for what you will be giving out this year for Halloween. This will limit the amount of candy you have leftover. Some non-food items include pencils, bracelets, small bubbles, beads, glowsticks and stickers.

Of course as your friendly local dentist I need to encourage you to brush and floss after eating candy.