Yes, it’s true, I am that mom. I take away my children’s candy. Its really because I cannot stand the thought of my children eating all that sugar!! at once!! Like shove it in your mouth and eat as much and as fast as you can. Some of it probably stems from being so careful what goes in J due to his Celiac’s disease. And some of it is because I have noticed my children do not do well with lots of sugar. They tend to get very emotional and often end up with a stomach ache. Now all this removal of candy does not mean I don’t allow my children to have any candy.. because we do and they get plenty! We have discovered a great way to convince our kids that the WANT to give up their candy.
Ya, you read that right. Our kids willing and happily give over their candy. Every year, every year that is since we introduced one thing.. THE GREAT PUMPKIN. So since we introduced The Great Pumpkin, our kids are so excited and happy to participate in the holiday and actually look forward to giving up their candy.
Here’s how it works. So after a complete and crazy DAY of trick-or-treating ( our community does a school thing, then downtown business trick-or-treat, the Rec Center Fright Night, then town trick-or-treating- so when I say all DAY.. it is quite an eventful day) we have everyone dump their candy out in individual piles and pick out stickers, tattoos, little toys, etc, and everyone chooses 10 pieces of candy to keep. All the rest is placed in a pile on the table for the Great Pumpkin.
Now as you can imagine, and for those of you who have kids that need the Why behind everything, we had to create a back story about the Great Pumpkin. We went somewhere between the tooth fairy and a Kris Kringle… Our backstory goes like this. The Great Pumpkin saw how much fun kids had at Halloween, however, some kids in the country, world, etc didn’t get candy and so he comes and gets your extra candy, leaves a small toy or trinket behind and takes the candy to those kids who did not get to go trick-or-treating.
We usually spend less than $10.00 on each child and try to get them something they have had their eye on. As we continue on our journey of less stuff, gift certificates for food places are a great choice, i tunes cards, or replacement pieces for toys that have been broken, etc.
This year is no exception. As we have completed our Halloween round up, the kids are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, and I am glad to see the sugar go!