3 Ways to Eliminate a  Boatload of Candy

And, the dentist will thank you

Last night the kids got a boatload of candy. They wanted the experience of dressing up and going about with school friends to collect the biggest haul of candy they could get their sugary, grubby little hands on. Trouble is, if you know our backstory, our girls don’t tolerate sugar, dye, and gluten well. Each of those food triggers brings out monstrous behavior. “Let them be kids,” some say. The person who says this doesn’t know the ghoulish behavior that oozes out like slime when an abundance of sugar is consumed.

A number of my mom friends are crying foul about the whole trick-or-treat experience. Some say they haven’t gone trick-or-treating in years. Some pull the blinds, turn out the lights, and hide while watching a movie with their loved ones. Others say they have an abundance of candy until Christmas or Easter. Here’s what you can do with all that candy.

Boatload of candy-give it away

As students schlep into school this morning, still on a candy high from last night, or on a new sugar high this morning, adults will be inside the front doors ready to unhand students of last night’s candy in exchange for small prizes. Parents can celebrate by shipping that candy right out the door for the rest of the week. Teachers are grateful too. That’s fewer students bouncing off the walls due to sugar-induced energy. Operation Gratitude, Hero Box, and Soldier’s Angels accept candy for the troops. Those are just a few of the participating organizations, a Google search will reveal more options. If candy causes a Nightmare on Elm Street situation in your house you can give it to a good cause.

Boatload of candy-causes cavities

Dentists don’t want to deal with cavities, especially in young kids. Many dentists offer a prize to children who donate candy. Check with your dentist to see if they are collecting candy. Many times the haul gets shipped to the troops along with toothbrushes and other items.

Boatload of candy-trade for treasure

Last night before our girls went out to collect candy we proposed something new. We wanted the girls to have good food in their bellies before consuming candy. During dinner we proposed a trade for treasure. What kid doesn’t want treasure? We got their acceptance that they will receive treasure in trade for their candy. Our oldest received an iTunes gift card. She will likely use it to load some Taylor Swift songs on her tablet today. The youngest is into Shopkins. She received a couple new Shopkins and spent the evening discovering their names. Neither one looks sad about trading for treasure. 

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Boatload of candy-gain experience

It’s about the experience. If we told the girls they couldn’t go trick-or-treating because they have a horrible reaction to bad food we would have monstrous behavior of a different kind on our hands. Our oldest wants to patrol the neighborhood with her friends, and the youngest came home an excited ball of energy ready to go get candy. It doesn’t have to be about the candy. It can be about the experience. And, with experience, we’ve learned how to replace a negative outcome with a positive one. The girls enjoyed some candy last night. They will enjoy a little more in their lunch today. They just won’t be enjoying it until next Halloween.

What will you do?

What will you do with all that candy? Let the kids have it all? Ship it to the troops? Something else? Comment with your decision.

Related: Why Do We Feed Kids Crap?