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!