Out-Tricking the Treats

Halloween is approaching and that means lots of candy around your house.  Here are a few things I do to help cut down on candy consumption:
1. I never let my kids eat candy while trick or treating.  They always have to wait till we get home.  Since my son has a peanut allergy, this does not only help with cutting out sugar, but it’s actually a necessity for his safety.
2. When they get home, I let them have a few pieces and then I offer to buy the rest.  Again, this started as a way for my son to trick or treat and not be disappointed with all the Snickers, Reese’s and Peanut M&M’s he would bring home but not be able to eat.  It is now a Halloween tradition; all three of my kids sell the bulk of their candy, and then we make a trip to Target the next day for a toy they have been wanting.
3. Finally, all the candy I buy from the kids needs to get out of the house ASAP.  We donate our leftover candy to the troops overseas. You can do this through Operation Gratitude or check with your local dentist to see if they are participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back. Oh, and speaking of getting temptations out of the house, when I buy candy for the trick-or-treaters that come to our house, I always buy a kind of candy I don’t particularly like; that way I won’t be tempted.  We also don’t get a lot of visitors till after we get back to the house with our young kids, so I will use that buy back candy to stock our treat bowl for those late night trick-or-treaters.  This year I am even experimenting with some fun toys instead of candy (I have candy too).  My son said he would love to get the shrunken skull head or the vampire whistle instead of candy.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Enjoy and have fun!  I would love to hear what tricks you have up your sleeve to keep the candy at a minimum, please comment!
Disclaimer: If a Special Dark Mini Hersheys ends up in their loot, it’s mine!


  1. Jennifer Dodson
    October 29, 2012

    each child gets to keep the number of candy pieces of their age. never to exceed 10. they only keep chocolate, nothing flourescent.

    the rest is given to the sugar fairy. she leaves presents in return. they usually get a movie to share, and a small special toy.

    • Rebecca
      November 3, 2012

      Thanks Jennifer! e love the sugar fairy! She came to our house this year. ALl the kids kept one piece of candy and then left the rest. they were unsure at first, but have been playing happily for days with the the non-candy treats she left! Great idea!


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