Halloween, or, candy

So it’s December 11, and half of Amy’s Halloween candy is still here. It will last past Christmas at this rate. It’s disgusting.

Mark’s always been a proponent of rationing — she gets one piece of candy every day that there’s no other dessert, until it’s all gone.

Me? I’m more inclined to say eat as much as you can in the hour after Trick-or-Treating is over, and the rest goes in the trash.

We just talked about it again (as we doled out the giant box of Reeses Pieces into five reasonable-for-a-preschooler portions) and might have hit on a workable compromise for the next Halloween (or Christmas, or Easter, although neither of those yields quite the haul that Halloween does):

Three pieces a day for two weeks, then the rest goes in the trash.


I’m just sick of these days since Halloween, one piece at a time, a daily expectation — it has long since ceased to be a “treat.” Candy and the like should be a treat — something rare and anticipated and quickly over with.


6 thoughts on “Halloween, or, candy

  1. I think the one piece a day is workable, but not forever. Toss the remainders before Thanksgiving for sure. I’d also hate to lose any and all desserts because I got candy for halloween.

    When we were in Atlanta, we didn’t go but to a few houses for halloween because I just didn’t think it was safe, so we always had a mini-party (regardless of the night), kids invited friends over for dinner, we bobbed for apples, iced cookies, played twister and Ron took them all around the cul-de-sac. Couple of hours of hard fun and then it was over. Worked like a charm. We kept that tradition up here since it had worked so well there.

  2. We had no leftover candy this year. It was all gone within a week or two. A much sweeter thing happened. My poor youngest fell down and hurt her ankle and couldn’t go trick or treating, so her big sisters gave her most of their candy. They didn’t have that much candy to start with because they spent most of the evening here with all of their friends over. I thought that was very nice of them and it was wonderful to see big kids going out of their way to be really nice to a little kid.

    If you want to get rid of some of that candy faster, maybe you can put skittles or chocolate drops or M&Ms or whatever else on top of some home baked cookies that can be for dessert. I admit I have gone into my kids’s Halloween candy before and took out the most tooth-destroying elements and put some of it in the garbage without their knowledge. The sugared gum, the hard candies and lollipops that bathe the teeth in sugar for way too long? Ick. Ick to dental bills, too. Candy is more expensive than people think it is. Even with insurance it’s $50 – $90 per filling depending on the particulars. Four kids with 32 teeth each? Nasty. It adds up over time. By the time I’m old I could probably buy a condo with the money it costs to keep decent teeth in people’s heads around here.

  3. We do one piece a day as well… and then at some point I get sick of it all and throw it all away. 🙂 This year I decreed that all Halloween candy was going away at Thanksgiving. No candy here at Christmas (well, I’m sure I’ll throw a candy cane in there)… we’ve already been eating more sweets than usual for the whole month of December! What is really sad? When I was hunting down Christmas cookie cutters earlier this week, I pulled down a bag of candy that was apparently from *last* Halloween and had somehow gotten stashed in a top cabinet. Luckily, it was mostly suckers and hard candy. It went in the trash anyway!

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