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Halloween Traditions & What to do with All that Candy

Happy Halloween everyone!  We’ve been talking about it for so long I’m sort of wondering what to do with myself tomorrow.  For one more look at all of MPMK’s Handmade Halloween posts, see here.


I’ve also been wondering what to do with all the candy once Halloween’s over.  Last year C was young enough that I just had to hide it and he forgot about it.  This year I know it’s not going to work that way.  Luckily, I’ve been reading up on some of my favorite blogger’s Halloween traditions.  (I think C will be the perfect age to start this one next October and this is a whole list of great ideas.)  One of my favorite finds was an idea which sounds tantamount to the Halloween version of the tooth fairy.


In a nut shell – on Halloween night the kids leave whatever candy they don’t eat out for the fairy and she comes and replaces it with a small toy, book, etc.  How clever is that?  A way to deny the kids candy without feeling like you’re denying them the fun of Halloween – hooray!



Before I wrap up, here are two more customs to consider making your own.  The first is the age old tradition of trick-or-treating for UNICEF, a great way to incorporate a little altruism into a rather glutenous holiday.  If you never did this as a kid, check out all the details via Cool Mom Picks here.

Wishing everyone a safe and spooky holiday.

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Ausmerican Housewife October 31, 2011 at 4:38 am

We don’t do Halloween here in Australia. It really doesn’t work as October is in our Spring time down here! (And if you think that’s weird, try having Easter in Fall!)

When I was a kid we did do trick or treating -but only after Mom fed us a filling dinner!- but we usually headed to our church for their Harvest Carnival. No scary or evil costumes allowed, kids could do all the usual games and earn candy as a reward, there was a costume contest, etc. One year we won! Mom dressed us all as Gillette products. Razors, deodorant and shaving cream. (Yes, my maiden name was Gillette.) Embarrasing but we won for once! 😉

We’d dump all our candy out on the floor, trade what we didn’t like for what we did like, and Mom and Dad got all the Almond Joys and Mounds from me. (Still don’t like coconut or almonds!) After a few days of candy binges we’d probably just toss it all out.


SmartBear October 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Going straight over to check out the ideas page! Usually we have our son pick out so many pieces and he can use the rest of the pieces to buy a toy at the store (under a certain limit). The “fairy idea sounds even better! We have tried the Unicef boxes before….people are kind of awkward about it. They seemed sort of shocked and always had to go back into the house for some change. After a couple of years we stopped. I love the idea though because it gets kids doing something for a good cause instead of just being candy greedy monsters!
P.S. My Halloween traditions are so limited. It’s just so busy around here this time I year I have nothing planned or decorated. Sigh…making a list for next year!


Heather @ Creative Family Moments October 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Love the root beer idea. THanks!


Ginny Rodgers October 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Yes!! Great post. We do the Great Pumkin, from the Charlie Brown cartoon. My 4 year old loves it! My 2 yr old loves whatever his brother loves;) We watch that cartoon & get them all excited too. We switch the gift for a toy & maybe a couple organic treats!


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