When the girls were young, to prevent them from overindulging in all that sugar they’d received each Halloween/Samhain, I had a plan in place to be ready for the bombardment of all that candy.
I realize that there are readers who believe children should have free reign over these treats; I simply do not agree. Sugar highs are not good for children, or those caring for them. Too much sugar in one day is not good for their health. And allowing them to binge eat like that can cause serious problems later on.
* I assure you, they had their treats. They enjoyed them. They simply had them in moderation. And they got tons of candy.
(Update 2017) Even though I am trying to eat healthier myself, and this blog is about frugal, healthy eating (for the most part), I completely understand the fun that comes along with this time of year. And I can’t wait to take Little Man out trick-or-treating some day.
Have these supplies ready:
cookie jar or other container
2 large bowls
freezer bags or containers labeled Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines Day
- Go through all the treats that each of your children received. Throw out any that does not look right.
While going through the candy, separate it all into the containers as such:
- Popcorn balls, pretzels, fruit snacks, and other snack type items will go into one of the large bowls, along with any actual fruit.
- Place chocolate candies in the other large bowl.
- Put other types of candy into the cookie jar.
- Candies with red or pink wrappers should be placed in the Valentine’s Day container.
- Candies with blue, green and silver wrappers should be placed in the Christmas container.
- Candies with brown, yellow or gold wrappers should be placed into the Thanksgiving container.
- The three holiday containers are then placed into the freezer, and the rest are placed in a location that is not easily accessible to the children.
A week before each holiday, take the candy from the freezer and place it around the home in decorative plates. You do not have to buy candy for these holidays now.
- These holiday candies are obviously not to be used as gifts. They were given to your children.
Have a Happy Samhain/Halloween!