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Simple Tactics to Limit Kids' Halloween Treats

Kill the Sugar Buzz, Not the Fun


Limit Halloween treats for kids without ruining their Halloween fun.

Limit Halloween treats for kids without ruining their Halloween fun.

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Close to $2 billion is spent on Halloween treats each year in the U.S. alone, according to research firm IBISWorld. Curb the Halloween treats mania with simple strategies that kill the sugar buzz, not your kids' Halloween fun.

Enjoy Halloween Treats at Home

One of the many alternatives to trick-or-treating is to plan a family night of fun. Let the kids hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, craft Halloween projects together and make healthy Halloween treats to munch on throughout the night.

Trade Halloween Treats for a Toy

Candy is temporary. Toys are more permanent. Get the kids excited about trading some or all of their Halloween treats for a toy after they go trick-or-treating.

Build the excitement by looking through toy catalogs together, browsing the store aisles and searching for toys online. After your children finish trick-or-treating on Halloween night, take them in costume to the toy store so they can pick out their prize for turning over the candy.

Create Dad a Candy Jar for Halloween Treats

Dad becomes the office's most popular person of the day when he takes loaded sacks of candy to work and dumps them on the conference table. Spread out the fun when you and the kids create a candy jar for him and load it with Halloween candy instead.

A snowman candy jar will help dad decorate his office for winter or a heart candy jar can be used every day. Dad gets to take most of the Halloween treats with him to work so he can fill the candy jar after his co-workers raid the goods.

Trick-or-Treat for Charity

Kids have been trick-or-treating for UNICEF for more than 50 years. Order an orange trick-or-treat box from UNICEF or print a label to attach to a can.

For other causes, the Better Business Bureau offers a list of reputable charities. Changing the Present is an organization that allows you to choose the cause and dollar amount you would like to donate to help everyone from children to cancer victims.

If the charity doesn't provide a box or can for donations, decorate your own so the kids can raise money for their charity on Halloween night. Your children can explain the charitable cause they've chosen at each house.

Count the money together at the end of the night. Take your kids to purchase a money order made out to the charity instead of having mommy write a check. They'll feel more connected to what they've accomplished if they get to be a part of the donation process every step of the way.

With two or more children, have one trick-or-treat for charity and the other(s) trick-or-treat for candy. Divide your route so your kids can swap duties. That way, everyone gets to trick-or-treat for charity and for candy.

Take One Piece of Candy Per House

Your child's cuteness scores bonus Halloween treats from adults who answer the door with a bowl full of candy. Let your kids have their trick-or-treating fun but set a limit of one Halloween treat per house.

If someone tries to give them more, they should be thankful but tell the adult they're only allowed one piece of candy. You'll know exactly how much candy your children have in their bags as you count the houses where you trick-or-treat.

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