Over the past few days I have been listening to various ideas about what to do with all your children’s Halloween candy. There have been a lot of different ideas they include;
1. The Candy Fairy– After you bring in the big haul you sort out some keepers and leave the rest out for the Candy Fairy. When your kids go to bed the Candy Fairy takes their candy and replaces it with a toy.
2. Candy Buy Back– Like before you sort out the candy and find some you want to hang on to. After that you sell the candy back to your parents/guardians. The junk food is now the parents to do with as the please, the expectation is that you would throw it out.
3. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind– Put the candy away. Tuck it far back in the cupboard, toss it in the freezer, whatever. After November 4th or so the candy stops flowing so much at school and kids stop asking for it. Then one day you can just toss out whatever remains.
I find these ideas interesting. We tend to be an out of sight out of mind kind of family. Partly because I am cheap, and partly because I don’t feel like introducing my children to another make believe toy giver only for them to discover that it was us all along.
But all of these ideas have left me wondering; why am I buying a giant box of mini-chocolate bars to give away to kids IF when the kids get home the bars are going to get tossed out?
To me this means I have a) wasted my money and b) there is a lot of extra and unnecessary garbage being created. Not to mentioned all the environmental cost that is involved in creating, packaging, and shipping these products all over the world. If most of the Halloween candy we buy and give out is just going to be tossed out that is a tremendous waste.
Here are my questions for you; Do you think it is time to put an end to trick-or-treating? Is it time instead to move into community spaces and have community parties where the junk food flows for the night but then ends? Instead of trick-or-treating should we enjoy safe spaces and where we can once again eat candy apples, play a few silly games, wander around a haunted house, and then take home very few treats?
What do you think? Should we binge eating junk for a few weeks after trick-or-treating? Should we keep buying and then tossing out candy into the garbage? Should we put an end to trick-or-treating and enjoy community celebrations? Or are we able to teach our kids moderation helping them learn to eat their treats at a reasonable rate?
I would love to hear your thoughts.