With Halloween just around the corner, I\'ve already started discussing \"the candy\" issue with my preschoolers. While it\'s certainly fun to go trick-or-treating... the fun turns into a real-life Halloween Nightmare when I have to say no to a 4th or 5th piece of candy (in a 10 minute period) I typically let them pick 2 or 3 small pieces of candy to eat on Halloween night. And then I have them pick 10 pieces of their favorite candy and we stash them for special treats to be distributed over the following few weeks. And then something interesting happens with all the leftover candy (that my husband and I dont eat) The Switch Witch visits our house and switches out the remaining candy with a toy, puzzle or book. While this may be a cop-out (as opposed to telling the kids were donating it and tossing it) it works for our family. And then I secretly take the candy to our preschool and I donate it to the candy drive. Im sure you can check your local neighborhood food banks, schools and or churches for similar candy drives. While I think all types of donations are important I have a hard time telling my children that they cant have the candy because its not good for their body, so well give it someone else its a catch-22. So, for now, the Switch Witch is a nice, fun option for us. Id love to hear other peoples ideas on what they do with their leftover Halloween Candy
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