Instead of letting your kids go crazy and give themselves some serious stomach aches and cavities, you can try out a few of these ideas to limit the candy consumption and have a little fun in the process!
1. Use it in a recipe. Crush up the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and add it to a brownie mix. Blend some Snickers into a Milkshake. Choose a few candies to make a trail mix with nuts and pretzels. Use the M&Ms to make M&M cookies!
2. Use it to educate. Math is almost always easier if you’re using counters, so instead of the standard blocks you use, try using candies instead. It can help make a division problem simpler, and put the candy to good use.
3. “Buy” it from your kids. Let them trade in the candy for fun privileges or small items. You can set up a system so that each half or whole pound can equal a fun trip or a small item of their choice.
4. Donate it. Take the candy to your local homeless shelter to share with the kids there that most likely didn’t get the chance to trick-or-treat. Or you can always mail the non-perishable and non-meltable candies out to some of our troops! There are lots of people out there in need, and donating the candy will fill your child with pride and warmth.
5. Craft with it. After using the candy in a recipe, use the wrappers to make jewelry or a decorative frame. You can also save the non-perishables to string together for a candy wreath to be hung on your door next Halloween!
These are just a few of the many ideas that can be utilized to get rid of some of that extra candy. Do you have any good ideas for the leftover trick-or-treating goodies?
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