Which other holiday do we have where kids and adults can both be kids again. Dressing up in your alter ego and acting super silly. Kids love Halloween for that reason + the fact they get to go trick or treating and suddenly WHOA – all that stuff that us parents give as a treat once in awhile comes PLENTIFUL.
Halloween for some parents, nutritionist and some dentist, it just downright scary!
What candy camp your family falls in – there’s more to do with candy then just eat it. Check out some ideas and tell us some of yours on what to do with leftovers.
1) Recycle it. Screen the candy your kids bring home and instead of throwing away any unwrapped goodies, take out any candy your don’t like or you don’t want them to have and send that candy back out the door with other trick-or-treaters.
2) Freeze it. Chocolate bars take longer to eat, so children can’t wolf that down so quickly.
3) Bake it. u don’t have to freeze the candy to keep it fresh. Kept in an airtight container, it will last long after Halloween. Later, you can bake surprise cupcakes. Push a soft candy into the middle of the batter in each cup before baking. Decorate the icing with more candies. You can also substitute bits of chocolate bars in your favorite chocolate-chip cookie recipe.
4) Melt it. Save chocolate to bring a taste of summer into your home long after you’ve put away the sunscreen. Melt chocolate for s’mores any time of year. Place a chocolate bar and a marshmallow between two graham crackers on top of a paper towel. Microwave for about 20 seconds.
5) Create it. Professional artists create sculptures from candy, why not kids? Make mosaics with hard candy. Cover sturdy cardboard with wax paper, aluminum foil or paper. Then instead of tiles, use candy to create a design and “grout” it with stiff icing. To make sculptures, stick soft candy, apples and marshmallows together with toothpicks.
6) Decorate it.Create Christmas ornaments from candy. To make a train, take a long pack of gum and glue on round candy for wheels, a square piece for a smokestack, and something round for the bell on top. Attach a loop of gold thread or ribbon for hanging. Look at simple geometric illustrations (such as are in coloring books) for other ideas. Coat your ornament with an acrylic sealer so it won’t deteriorate and you don’t draw bugs.
7) Share it. Take your leftover candy to the office. Even if your co-workers who are parents are sick of the stuff, chances are your younger colleagues will relish childhood memories as they reach for another Mary Jane or Butterfinger.
Or better yet, fill a coffee can with candy and bring it to your local nursing home, homeless shelter or a charity for the staff to enjoy. Add a note that says, “Thanks for all the good work you do.”