I don't have a sweet tooth so it is super easy for me to take the fun out of Halloween for my daughter (and spouse.) I don't really get why they need to go out, in the cold, walk around, to get a ton of random candy from strangers. After they proudly come home with their stash, I just look at them thinking there is no chance my daughter is eating a quarter of that and then crashing like a crazier than usual preschooler.
I'm sure I'm not the only mom with this dilemma: How can take some of this candy from my child despite how hard she worked for it?
Here are some solutions I rounded up from my fellow moms:
"SAVE IT” FOR ANOTHER DAY
I tell my daughter this all the time, throughout the year. I save some of whatever she is hoarding for another time and hope she doesn't remember about the rest or how much she actually started with.
"SHARE IT” WITH YOUR FAMILIY
My daughter's candy gets split three ways with my spouse and myself. Obviously, I don't care for her sweets but this greatly reduces her stash. If there is a lot even after we split it three ways, I suggest she also share with her grandparents. Hence, splitting it out even more. This method is still ok for the time being as we are really pushing her to share with others with everything
"TAX IT'“ LIKE IN REAL LIFE
This idea came from my accountant friend. She and her husband takes a certain percentage of her kid's candy just like our revenue agency takes a portion of our earnings. I think their percentage of "taxes" is highway robbery but it works for their family.
"TRADE OR BUY" THEM BACK
You can totally be upfront with your children and suggest they get to trade their candy for something better and not candy related. This totally works if there is something that they have wanted for a really long time. The less upfront way of doing this is calling in the "candy fairy or switch witch." They pretty much have the same role as the tooth fairy.
Failing all of this, just kick off trick or treating with a smaller bucket! I did this trick two years in a row and I don't think she noticed. Well, at least she didn't complain about it! Ha!
Good luck with trick or treating tonight! Let me know what strategies you used this year to prevent your children from getting a candy overload and becoming actual monsters!! Happy Halloween!