5 Ideas for What to Do with All That Halloween Candy

What do you do with all of your kid's Halloween candy?

One year a friend of mine gave away all of her kids’ Halloween candy on Freecycle. I know this because I emailed her right away and claimed it for myself (well, really for my husband.) He hid it from the kids and me, and it lasted a really long time. Of course, she let her kids eat some of the loot first after trick-or-treating, but then anything after that was gone. What do you do?

I usually let my kids have a few pieces shortly after we get home from Halloween festivities and then figure things out later in the week. Sometimes they get their fill and the sugar loses its appeal (even dentists say it’s better for kids to eat all the candy now than over time!) Last night that’s pretty much what happened to my six-year-old — he took his candy bucket upstairs without my knowing and suffered a tummy ache all night long. I wish I could have stopped him (and from now on will put the candy out of reach.) Poor thing. And there is still so much candy left.

Here are 5 ideas I might consider for our leftover stash:

1. Freecycle it (hey, my friend might be on to something)
2. Stuff it in a piñata for the next birthday party or holiday
3. Save to pass out as your kid’s birthday treat at school
4. Stash and ration it (only for those with good discipline!)
5. Donate it to our troops or those in need — Cool Mom Picks has some great suggestions for donating candy

What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy?

Read Stephanie’s posts at Strollerderby and her personal blog Adventures in Babywearing.

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