Rationing Halloween Candy
Leftovers, Trick-or-Treat Plunder, Discounted Candy Deals — It Adds Up!
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My son, who at the last minute decided to dress up as a sassy nurse, and I — the creepy witch — sat on the porch last night and gave out treats to costumed visitors.
Since we live in a big neighborhood, I was prepared. My cauldron was filled with over 1000 pieces of candy. And it was the good candy — name brand miniatures, not the big bag of mixed hard candies nobody likes. We had chocolate, peanut butter and sugary wafer selections. However, we feared we may have over-purchased. Our town, like many, hosts a trick-or-treat event in the park. Also, this year, probably because it was so warm and light out, the kids did not start ringing our doorbell until nearly 6:30 p.m. Therefore, we began by giving each kid two pieces of candy.
The trick-or-treating continued with slow and steady streams of groups of hyper kids and exhausted parents. By 8 p.m., we realized we could run out of candy. We began giving out only one piece to each visitor. We also began rationing the good stuff. I asked my son which were his favorites, so I could give away the other candy first. Finally, things slowed down. The downtown event ended at 8:30. Our last trick-or-treater stopped by at 8:45. We were down to a handful of miniature candy bars — all of which my son would be happy to keep.
Based on the amount of candy on hand at the beginning of the night and the duration of time we spent giving out two pieces to each child, I guestimate we had about 600 or so trick-or-treaters. Not a bad holiday.
And this year, I don't have to worry about an accidental sugar overdose occurrence in our household. A Tampa Bay CBS news affiliate reported on how much Halloween candy it would take to OD on sugar. According to the report, you have a 50/50 chance of passing away if you consume 262 fun-size candy bars at one sitting. Thankfully, we didn't have that many left. But it's good information to keep in your back pocket. The day after Halloween, when the kids are in school and there are buckets of candy sitting around the house while the stores discount Halloween candy by 50 and 75 percent, the exposure risk for fun-size candy bars is at its annual peak.
Ration the candy! Here are some ideas:
1. Put it in the freezer and add two pieces to each child's lunch for the next two months. You won't have to buy or bake lunch desserts until 2017.
2. Save some for holiday baking. Lots of recipes call for crushed candy bits. And if they don't, add them. Crushed candy bits only make holiday recipes more delicious.
3. Re-purpose some of it in holiday stockings. Santa is not too proud to ask for help from the Great Pumpkin.
4. Donate some to local assisted living facilities. They can use it for activity prizes for residents.
5. Box some up and send candy to active duty soldiers who cannot be home for the holidays. Here's a resource to help you get started.
6. Use candy in your parenting negotiations: You can have two pieces when your room is clean; You can have one piece as soon as I've verified your homework is done; Here's an extra piece for walking the dog without being asked.
7. Challenge your kids to use 50 percent of their Halloween candy in an elaborate gingerbread house.