If the day-after Halloween had your kids hyped up on all that Halloween candy, here’s an idea from GreenHalloween.org you may want to consider.
Invite the Sugar Sprite/Halloween Fairy/Great Pumpkin to your home after trick-or-treating. Your kids can choose a small amount of candy (such as one piece for every year of their age) to keep and the rest goes back in their pumpkin and out on the porch where a “magical” swap will take place. One or two gifts are left in the candy’s place.
OK. OK. We know this sounds like a big buzzkill. After all, as parents we remember our own Halloween traditions and want to re-create them for our own children, which may include savoring all those Jolly Ranchers and Milky Ways well into November.
But according to Green Halloween, kids surveyed at their events actually like the Halloween fairy tradition. This is from their Web site: “not one child of any age (from two to teen) said that they would rather have conventional candy when they saw the alternatives we were suggesting. Not one.”
Green Halloween is a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween.
The Halloween Fairy alternative is also highlighted in this Atlanta Journal & Constitution article.
Thanks to SouthernMamas reader and mother of two candy-lovers Ashley Waldvogel Gaddy for this holiday tip.