A few years ago a friend passed on a great tip on how to manage all of the candy that your kids haul in from trick or treating.
Enter the Switch Witch.
Switch Witch is a very kind witch (we don't like things too dark or scary here) who comes by after Halloween to take away extra candy and instead leaves a more sensible goodie. The beauty of the Switch Witch is you get to decide everything about her. Unlike the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc., your kids have probably never heard of her, which is awesome! Because it means you are not hemmed in by any preconceived notions or expectations--how fantastic, right? It's fun to make your own tradition. Here's what we do.
The boys come in after a fun night of trick or treating, their bags holding an impossible amount of candy. We dump and check the loot and they get to eat a few pieces on the spot. Then we take out some reasonable-sized containers (we decorate empty plastic peanut butter jars) and they fill them with whatever candy they choose (to be consumed later per some house rules). I try not to candy-shame them into picking what I consider the "good stuff"--but it's hard (because in what universe does a roll of Smarties trump any candy made with real chocolate?).
The rest of the candy is set out for the Switch Witch, who takes the candy and leaves a non-candy treat. In years past we've done books or small toys. This year I found some nifty rotating toothbrushes that the boys wanted--I figured a toothbrush "toy" would be a perfect switch for candy!
It wasn't until last year that either of the boys asked what happened to all of the candy. I told them she takes it to others to share (I left out that the "others" were my then-officemates). This year the loot is headed to my husband's office.
Here is a printable I made up--we like the Switch Witch to leave a little note. I tried to make her look like a funny, happy, witch, not to mention sensible--she never forgets her scarf because it's chilly whizzing about on a broom. I have no idea what I'm doing with graphic software, but it'll work for our family. Be sure to check out other tips at We Are THAT Family's Works for me Wednesday.