It’s Halloween: Dust Off Your Candy Bank

By , October 30, 2009 9:45 pm


Get your Candy Bank ready, it’s Halloween tomorrow!

If you are unsure about what to do with an influx of massive amounts of candy into your house, then read on.

If your children are young (younger than maybe 4 or 5?) you can probably get away with the “Hide It and They’ll Forget About It” method.

If you have older children, take it from me, that will not work.  Either let them have it all in moderated doses (and “lose” a few bits here and there and hope they don’t notice), or try a Candy Bank.

We have a jar into which all extra candy is put (as well as any junky little toys that somehow show up).  We use it throughout the year for birthday party candy, but Halloween is where it really comes in useful.

Once the Candy Bank is full, the kids get money for charity in exchange for the candy.  The first time I did this, I let them each choose a small present in exchange for the candy.  Ever since then, I have given them $10.00 collectively to donate to a charity of their choice.

I like that it goes to charity (rather than just more junk to fill the house) and I also like that they must agree amongst themselves as to how the money will be applied.  I can only hope that this will encourage a lifetime of negotiation and cooperation!

7 Responses to “It’s Halloween: Dust Off Your Candy Bank”

  1. I had forgotten about this idea! Thanks for re-posting it!!!

  2. Shauna S. says:

    We have a visit from the Halloween Witch every year. She works in conjunction with the Tooth Fairy because only “healthy” teeth get money when they fall out. The kids get to keep 10-12 pieces of candy and then they pile the rest into the middle of the living room floor. The Halloween Witch comes and trades on Halloween Night. In years past, the Witch has left books or stuffies. This year she was going to leave a movie but in the spirit of promoting health, she is more likely going to bring pool passes for the whole family so we can go swimming together next week. We are always trying to promote getting out and doing things together as a family. When the kids are no longer believing in fairies and witches I think I will give the candy bank a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. We have been doing the trade-candy-for-gift thing every year. This year he chose a shirt (that’s right, a shirt, not a toy… you’d think I don’t dress him properly!), but I really like this idea better. He is doing trick or treat for UNICEF this year, though.
    .-= Mom and Kiddo´s last blog ..Why I Didn’t Blog This Week… in Pictures =-.

  4. Mom Unplugged says:

    A shirt??? Wow. My kids would not choose clothing, not yet anyway, give the girls another 7 years or so and that’s probably what they’ll be wanting! Trick or Treat for UNICEF is cool! How’d he do?

  5. Mom Unplugged says:

    I love how you tie it in with the Tooth Fairy and healthy teeth. Very clever move! I also think it is great that you are trading for a family gift this year. What wonderful ideas and thank you so much for taking the time to share them!

  6. Mom Unplugged says:

    You’re welcome! I don’t really like re-posting old ideas, but my blog has been around long enough now that some of my best ideas are buried.

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