One of the questions I’ve been asked over and over this week is if we let our kids go trick-or-treating, what we hand out as treats, and how we deal with all of the junk candy being passed out this time of year. It has been such a popular topic that I decided to take a quick minute to address it here.
First off, yes! We absolutely let our kiddos go trick-or-treating! It is such a fun and festive kid-friendly holiday. I would never want to take that away from them just because we don’t let the girls gorge themselves on candy. That being said, Darren and I do work hard to make sure that eating candy is not the highlight of the holiday.
For example, last Sunday night we invited family, friends, and neighbors over for a pumpkin carving party and potluck. It was a blast! By the end of the evening dozens of kids were running around our yard, the front porch was illuminated with glowing pumpkins, and we had all enjoyed a wholesome meal together on a chilly fall night. The memories from that evening will surely last all season long!
Tonight, we will once again gather with our neighbors for warm apple cider and candy counting after trick-or-treating. The excitement of being the kid with the most candy will encourage the girls not to eat as they go (at least this worked last year), and then after counting we will all pick two pieces of candy to enjoy. (Yes, that includes me and Darren. He will pick Reese’s peanut butter cups and I will pick a Butterfinger and M & Ms. Or candy corn. I haven’t decided yet.)
After that, everyone will head home and the girls will each pick out five pieces of candy, knowing they will get one piece a day for the next five days. All of the other candy gets left in a bowl on the front porch for the Great Pumpkin. Once the girls are sleeping, the Great Pumpkin will come and turn the candy into coins. When the girls wake up, they run down to check the front porch, ecstatic to see “all that money”. We then take the coins to the one bank branch in our area with a coin counting machine, and turn the coins into dollars. Then, we go to Target where the girls can both pick out a small toy of their choice.
Finally, we go home and play with our toys. At this point, Halloween is over, and we start to talk about Thanksgiving and everything we are thankful for, including Halloween. They don’t eat this way on a daily basis, and they know that the candy is a special treat. Is it good for them, no. But I’m pretty sure that the joy of the season, and the fellowship with friends, easily outweighs the dangers of a couple goodies.
So, there you go, that’s our family’s Halloween tradition. How do you handle the holiday goodies?
Oh yeah, we’re handing out glow sticks.
And, I couldn’t put up a Halloween post without showing off our girlies…
My mama MADE the dresses! She totally rocks. 🙂