OK, so it wasn’t the Candy Fairy exactly, it was Mom. I didn’t think that at ages 5 and 7 they would suddenly start to believe in a Candy Fairy, so I simply said:
“How would you like to trade in your Halloween candy for a toy?”
My daughter said: “Can I trade it all in for a fish?”
My son said: “Can I trade it all in for a transformer?”
I said: “Sure.”
So we did. It was that easy! Honestly, I was anticipating more resistance to the idea. I guess I was lucky.
The fish was OK with me as long as my daughter agreed to take care of it herself. The transformer was not my idea of the perfect toy, but ever since my son played with one at a friend’s house, he has desperately wanted one. I scoured Amazon for the least violent transformer that I could find and finally settled on a Star Wars space ship that he seems to love.
They actually didn’t get much candy this year, so I may be the loser in this particular deal. At least they traded willing though. And they also agreed to the idea of a Candy Bank where all party candy will be put to be traded in for something when enough has been accumulated. Hooray!