Not only do we have Halloween coming up, but the whole holiday season!
For kids--and for ourselves--it is a nightmare! First things first, do you do anything to limit sweets around Halloween?
My husband (my big kid!) always asks me to be sure and get in candy for trick or treaters. Well, for years, we have had no more than 2 children stop by!!! So 'you-know-who' really wants the candy. And I can't keep my hands off it if it is in the house!
The fire dept. has a big party for any kids in the town. And parents less and less are sending their kids out on the streets. For a few years there, parents were even driving their kids to 'promising' neighborhoods or streets! I don't think that still happens --at least on the street I live on.
My rules for Halloween candy, is keep it out of the house. If it's not there, I can't eat it. Simple as that. Could you do something different for the few kids that do come to your house, like buy some stickers and hand them out instead? Just a thought. 1282 days ago
We live in a very child friendly neighborhood, lots of kids play in the streets here so we bough a bag of candy from Costco. I picked it out and it's filled with all the stuff I don't like! When that bag is gone we will turn out the lights and go to bed! 1282 days ago
I have a Halloween party for my piano students and they would mutiny if I didn't have any candy so I put a bunch of candy in a paper bag and then when they play games they get prizes like spider ring and Halloween erasers
What about buying non-food items? Kids and parents LOVE glowsticks! I've given them out for 3 years. I also give out pencils, little activity books, and just a little candy. The kids get the candy they want to eat as well as fun little things, the glowsticks help them be seen by cars as they walk around (which parents love), and the leftover non-candy items can be saved for next year. Check your local store to see if they have non-food items you can give out. You can get them pretty cheap.
If you do get candy, call some local dentist offices to see if they have candy buyback programs. By me it's a big thing. They give the kids something (cash, coupons for food, small items, etc sometimes donated by local businesses) in exchange for their candy, which is then shipped overseas to troops. You could donate your leftover candy to the dentist's office and if they have something good, bonus. If not, you're donating to a good cause and getting the candy out of your house.
Here's the website for the candy buyback program: http://www.halloweencan dybuyback.com/ 1282 days ago
The town has many parties here with games and hot dogs. We do have 5 kids living on our block so I just had to buy some candy but it is ok it doesn't bother me. The left overs will go to the food bank. 1282 days ago
I go to Sam's Club and buy a big box of snack bag Doritos. They are not particularly tempting to me and I know my boys will eat any leftovers later. Candy sits around forever until I eat it!! Doritos are fun to pass out and usually get a big positive reaction from the trick-or-treaters as a nice change from all the sweets.
I don't bring them in the house. My DH says something similar to yours...buy some just in case. Well, we never get any, so the rule is no candy. I eat it. He eats it. Neither of us can stop with just one piece! LOL! 1282 days ago
We don't get treaters in our area as it is very rural..so no candy in the house but hard mints and they don't get eaten that fast. Many churches in our area do trunk or treat where people bring candy and hand out there. 1282 days ago
I am right there with you on the sweets in the house I eat them problem. I just try my best to limit my sweets to once a day or something like that. If you can get the kind your "big kid" likes and hopefully you don't really like....if thats possible. 1282 days ago