It taunts me most at night. The candy from my kids’ plastic orange pumpkins calls to me. “They’ll never miss just one piece,” or “A little fun size Kit-Kat bar won’t hurt your post-baby diet too much.” The sugar obsession is addictive, and apparently contagious because my kids worry all day long about when they’ll be allowed to chose another piece. Dumping it in the trash would be the best thing for us all, but I can’t bring myself to do it.
If you’re like me and need the candy gone now, try some of these great ideas from the October/November 2011 issue of KIWI magazine:
- Candy Fairy: Your kids already believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Why not add another imaginary character to the list? Let your child select a few favorite pieces of candy and then leave the rest in a bag next to his or her pillow for the Candy Fairy. The magazine suggested that this fairy could be introduced as the Tooth Fairy’s cousin. In the candy’s place, leave a small toy, new book or even a batch of your kid’s favorite homemade cookies.
- Haunted House: You could wait until December to make a gingerbread house, but why? Start unwrapping pieces and built the biggest haunted Halloween house ever. You can slather an old milk carton with frosting as the base so the decorations will stick.
- Candy Toys: Use pieces to play tic-tac-toe or checkers. Or if you need to be on your feet to work off all the candy you’ve already consumed, then try the magazine’s idea of a candy toss. Have family members toss pieces into your kids’ candy pails. Smaller pieces get more points. Winner gets to pick a piece of candy to keep.
What about you? Do you have tips or tricks for getting the candy out of the house before you eat it all?