So you have a giant bucket full of candy from last night—or several, if you have several kids. The question today is what should we do with all of it? You can follow Ellyn Satter's wise advice, or you can use this idea provided by one of our very Savvy parent readers.
Halloween Candy Store
Don't want your kids to eat all that candy? Here is a great way to take some back. Purchase a few small toys you know your kids will like and think of a few places they have been begging you to take them. Then set up a store where you kids can shop and buy those things with candy currency. For example, a trip to the zoo may cost them 10 candy items from their stash, or a matchbox car may cost them 2 candy bars. I hate for my child to have gum, so I'll buy a bigger toy I know he wants and tell him it will cost him all the gum he has in his candy stash. The kids think it's fun to shop with candy, and everyone ends up happy. The kids get a few new things or a trip to the local play place, and you have the peace of mind that your next trip to the dentist won't be a disaster.
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