|Ready to head out the door|
|Bee & Owl trick or treating 2015|
The year Linny was three, his haul, though not from all that many houses, was a bit ridiculous. We "took care of" some of it without him noticing, but the bucket of sugary stuff lasted a long time. Last year, we discovered a great option to cut down the stash & boy did we need to. This was Bronte's first year actively participating in the holiday. She was walking, starting to talk, & excited to be dressed up as a bat. Linnaeus & Bronte both loved trick-or-treating & did not want to stop knocking on doors.
Enter the Switch Witch. I can't remember where I heard about her--Pinterest? Facebook? Twitter?--but I thought it was a brilliant idea immediately. Basically, the Switch Witch will come to your house the day after Halloween & trade your child a toy for some of their candy. We got Linnaeus to sort out the candy he wanted to give to her & he actually picked out about half of his stash. We had him leave the offering in a big bowl on the kitchen table. When he woke up on November 2, he went into the kitchen to find a little Lego set sitting in the bowl on the table. He was pretty happy with the trade & we got rid of a lot of his candy.
|Dye experiments in 2014|
Last year we took many of the more brightly coloured candies & did some experiments to get the colours out of them, in conjunction with a project Linnaeus was working on with his preschool. I've also seen art projects using the dyes from candies like Skittles, so maybe we'll try something like that this year.
What about you? Do you take your kids trick-or-treating? If they end up with a massive stash of candy, how do you deal with it?
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