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5 Ideas on How to Ditch the #Halloween Candy #safe #All the little ghosts and goblins have made it home safe and sound from a night on the town with their reusable bags filled with sugary sweets. Many parents don’t want to deprive their kids the experience of Halloween, but at the same time, don’t want them to fill their tummy’s with all that sugar.

My daughter just turned 2 and had some candy for the very first time this past week. However, I made sure it was a healthier version. We opted for Annie’s Homegrown organic vegan bunny fruits (Buy Here), and she loved them.  I am sure this won’t work for long, and we will have to come up with a plan B.

So what to do with the all that candy sitting in your house? You could always just throw it away, but that seems too wasteful. Here are a few ideas to help you with your candy addiction:

5 Ideas on How to Ditch the Halloween Candy

  1. Bring it to work. My husband left this morning with the small amount of candy that little E collected to share with his co-workers. Before you all get your Halloween costumes in a bunch, there are plenty of fruit bunnies waiting for her when she wants some. Don’t get me wrong, she won’t be eating bags of them, but a little treat won’t hurt every once in a while.
  2. Donate it. Many parents don’t mind that their kids eat candy around Halloween, and see it as a right of passage while growing up. Perhaps donate your candy or some of it, to a food bank, church etc.
  3. Swap it. I have heard it called the switch witch or pumpkin fairy or great pumpkin before-  they take the candy in exchange for some money or a small little prize like the tooth fairy. Neat idea. It could be a fun tradition.
  4. Give it to your dentist. I have read that more and more dentists are accepting Halloween candy in exchange for money. Your kids bring their candy to their dentist, and they get some money in return.
  5. Compost it. If you really don’t want your kids or any other kid for that matter to have candy, before tossing it in the trash, unwrap it and put it in your compost bin. After unwrapping it, send the wrapper to TerraCycle where they will recycle the wrappers into purses, pencil cases etc.

What will you be doing with all that candy? Eating it? Swapping it? Donating it? Composting it?  Giving it?

I would love to hear if you let your little monsters eat the candy or if you preferred doing something creative.

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13 Responses to 5 Ideas on How to Ditch the Halloween Candy

  1. Jennifer November 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Oh yes, what to do with all this candy. Thankfully we limited my kid’s trick-or-treating time to one hour, so they didn’t get too much stuff. Since my son suffers from multiple allergies, he can’t eat any of it. AND of course, then there is the health aspect. I’m not sure I’d let them eat any of it without allergies. So, we went with the switch witch option and my kids were happy to exchange their candy for a fun toy, which they found outside their bedroom doors this morning. Candy was long forgotten at that point :)

    But, just what should the switch witch do with all that candy? I think her husband will have to take it to work, like we’ve done in previous years.

    Next year I think we’ll just have a fun kids Halloween party the weekend before and on Halloween night, my kids will dress up and pass out candy. They love doing this anyway.

  2. Jen November 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I was asking myself that same question this am! We only had 10 kids come to our door so we have lots left over and our little “butterfly” collected a bag full. She had 3 pieces of chocolate last night and that’s pretty much all she needs. My office is pretty health conscious so I wouldn’t feel right bringing in all the chocolate or candy. Maybe I’ll find a place to give it away. Do you know if you can freeze chocolate? I was thinking of doing that and then bringing a bit out for Christmas, Valentines and Easter.

    • Good Girl Gone Green November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Jen, you can freeze the chocolate candies, so I have been told to use at a later date. Might be an option for you guys so little G doesn’t get a sugar high! lol

  3. MultiTestingMom November 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I never knew you could compost your candy!!! Thanks for the idea.

    I WISH we knew of a dentist that was collecting it in our area – too bad there wasn’t a main website we could look at to find local dentists. I’ve been googling all morning!

    • Good Girl Gone Green November 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      I don’t see why you couldn’t compost candy. I like the dentist idea, too. Not sure there are many in my neck of the woods either. :)

  4. Shane@EnviroBooty November 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    You wrote my post for me! We let the kids eat all they want on Halloween (which amazingly is not much bc their little tummies are not used to that type of food) and then they keep 10 pieces. The rest goes to work with hubby! We also love to compost too.

    • Good Girl Gone Green November 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      LOL! I think you have to find a balance, and it seems like you and your girls found it!

  5. Casie E November 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    The dentists I have heard of around here will pay you $1 per pound (along with a new toothbrush of course) and then they send it to the troops… there may be a way to donate it directly to the troops as well, if you don’t have a local dentist who does something like this.

  6. amber November 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Great suggestions! We do number 3 every year. Out kiddos don’t eat candy. And they are just fine with exchanging for mom’s homemade treats or healthier options. :-)

  7. Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama November 3, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Great ideas! There are also some collections to send candy to the troops overseas in our area.

  8. Jo October 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Well I don’t think our troops need it either, since sugar makes one weaker in the long run, plus our troops
    have strict weight guidelines. Some churches now have harvest parties with fun things to do, or have a
    harvest party with healthy treats at home. Most workers don’t need it either. It is a problem alright.
    Perhaps if parents didn’t buy so much of it would help.

  9. Jill October 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Our church collects candy, so the candies that are a chocking hazard will go to them.

    I am handing out crayons to our trick or treaters. A fun and allergy free option.

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