My family loves everything about Halloween; the decorations, costumes, trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins. We love it all!!!
While I would venture to say that Halloween has grown to be one of our favorite holidays, there is one teeny, tiny part of it that I am not so fond of – I have actually grown to despise…the candy.
Gasp! Did I really just say that out loud?
I have a son who has had Red Dye #40 sensitivities since a very early age. Through the years, he has started to also respond very negatively towards too much sugar in general. The shift in him when he overindulges in any kind of junk food is indescribable. We have experienced ticks, anger, insomnia, lack of focus – the list goes on and on.
We have consequently found that there is a very fine line between indulging in the festivities, and remaining responsible parents.
Enter – The Halloween Witch.
Every night on Halloween, each of my kids are allowed to choose 15 pieces of their favorite candy. The rest of the candy makes its way into a large cauldron, and we place it on the front porch over night.
In our tradition, the Halloween Witch comes and she takes the candy to children who were unable to go trick-or-treating. She replaces the candy with small gifts like videos, books, and other little trinkets that the kids will enjoy.
My kids have grown to love this part of our Halloween tradition and they look forward to waking up on November 1st to see what the Halloween Witch has brought for them.
This simple gesture allows us to fully enjoy one of our favorite holidays, and it extends the fun just a little bit longer.
To all of our little ghosts and goblins out there – Have a safe and happy Halloween!
PS. Our schools typically host a candy drive in early November for left over candy. In addition, a local fire department or police department would be a great place for the Halloween Witch to make a deposit! Do you have any special traditions that deal with the over-abundance of candy our kids receive each Halloween?