How to tackle Mount Candy this Halloween

Name one word you associate with Halloween. 3-2-1…Go! “CANDY” that’s me shouting out my word!

I love Halloween. I love the fall season. I love carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin seeds. I love helping my kids dress up. And most of all I love that I can pick through my kids’ candies and chocolates once they’ve gone to bed. There. I admitted it! You do it too…right? (Please make me feel better…)

Every Halloween, my kids come home with bags full of candy – far too much to ever consume. I look at the huge pile with a big sigh!  What on earth are we going to do with all of this? I can’t even imagine them consuming the huge amount of candy.

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My kids on the other hand? Super excited by their piles! They eagerly pick out their favorites and strategically negotiate trades.

So as a parent who loves Halloween and everything associated with it, with kids who are ready to eat their way through “Mount Candy”, how does our family tackle this dilemma of holiday fun versus the extremely unhealthy supply of candy on my living room floor?

Should I let them eat until their stomachs ache? Do I ration only a few pieces a day? Allow one piece after meals? What are your thoughts?

Well, I’ve come to accept that we will always have WAY too much candy. My kids get a few days of treats and then I throw the rest in the freezer. They often don’t even realize that I’ve done that!

If the mounds of candy are too much for you, consider handing out other options at your front door, such as:

  • Halloween stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Halloween pencils and erasers
  • Playdough
  • Parks and recreation passes

Oh, and let’s not forget about those beautiful pearly whites! Remind your kids to brush their teeth after eating candy. Keep in mind that constant snacking on sugary foods can lead to to cavities. If you are looking for tooth friendly treats, consider treats that are:

  • low in sugar or sugar-free and increase saliva flow (mouth spit) – such as sugar free gum and lollipops
  • non-sticky such as chocolates without caramel or dark chocolate is even better
  • melt away fast like powdered candy

What are your thoughts on candy and Halloween?

For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.

About Cynthia Lindsay RN

Hi everyone. My name is Cynthia Lindsay and I work as a public health nurse with the school years program. I've been a nurse for almost 20 years (wow time flies!) with the last 10 years focused on what I've discovered to be my passion... Parenting. I now have many parenting accreditations and enjoy connecting with parents in the community through Triple P, parenting groups & social media. "Je parle aussi le français" and I love working, making connections, and raising my teen son & pre-teen daughter with my hubby in Halton.
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