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How NOT to Ruin Halloween for your Kids

October 15, 2019

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HALLOWEEN... that sugary day of spooky fun is almost here!  Helping your child to manage their candy stash can be scary to any parent. This year try to relax and enjoy the festivities.     Set limits for sure but avoid over-"policing" which is no fun for anyone!
Tips for Managing Halloween Treats

Encourage your kids to "play" with their pile of candy.  Young kids enjoy sorting games (for example candy may be sorted by type, color, shape, etc.).

Allow your child to enjoy 2 or 3 candies for dessert with several meals over the next few days and then tell it good bye!


Here are ideas for what to do with left over candy

  1. Check out “Twix for Tomatoes” at the Durham Farmer’s market on Saturday, November 2, from 8:00 AM to noon.  Halloween candy may be traded in for fresh vegetables and fruit!!

  2. Conduct some really cool science experiments. Click on the link below for teacher - approved candy experiments.   Adult supervision is recommended. https://www.weareteachers.com/halloween-candy-experiments/

  3. Consider "buying" your child's candy from them.  Kids are often happy to surrender their loot in exchange for money. The price is of course up to you, the parent!

  4. Give it away.  Sometimes assisted living homes and skilled nursing facilities will accept donations of unwrapped candy for use as prizes in Bingo or other games. Call first to make sure!




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