And now it's nearly Halloween, just one of the sugar-dominated holidays of winter. The costume is the biggest fun, but my little trick-or-treater is sure to bring home a lot of stuff that none of us needs.
What to do with all that candy?
Well, first... I need to come up with a way of separating it from Lavender. My thoughts:
- candy for 2 days
- one piece of candy each day for a week
- fill a small container with favorites
- pick a few pieces, trade the rest for a family dinner at kid-chosen restaurant
- pick a few pieces, trade the rest for a favorite homemade dessert that we will make
- parent buys the candy at a per-pound or per-piece rate
- kids can choose from these options but not "candy until it's gone." This is probably the route I'll take this year. Last year, I offered to buy the candy but she wanted nothing to do with that - however, this year, she is much more interested in money.
and then, what to do with the rest?
- Give the first-purged candy to the next kids who come to the door.
- Conduct candy experiments.
- Make decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas (gingerbread house) or just let the kids make some art. Bonus result of seeing the candy as a not-food item.
- Some dentists participate in this buyback program.
- Our food shelf collects it. I have mixed feelings about that.
- Give it to Herb to take to work.
- Just pitch it. Yes, it's a waste of resources, but using it doesn't make it healthier for anyone.
How can we limit our own participation in the annual tooth decay and environmental damage? Instead of candy, how about 'treating:'
- All those random plastic young-kid toys that entered your house to be played with once, that you would otherwise throw away - let someone else enjoy them for the day.
- Pencils, regular or mechanical, or pens.
- Small spiral notebooks
- Raisins (these are in recyclable boxes, too)
- Microwave popcorn (avoid the artificial, chemical "butter") or not-horrible chips, if you find some, although these are in throwaway packaging
- Sunflower seeds (individually packaged)