Nov 3, 2009

My hips don't lie

I hear about it every year . . .
Moms all over the country (ok, maybe I am exaggerating a little) talking about how they make their children trade their halloween candy for a toy.

Reasons: Candy is unhealthy.
Candy rots the teeth.
Candy contains too much sugar.
Candy makes your hips wider than wide.
(I had to add that one)

Yep, Candy does all of the above.

Question ??

If you don't plan to give your kid the candy. WHY GO TRICK or TREATING?
That's like waving candy in front of a kid's face.
Uh, really

Ok, Ok...
Maybe you go trick or treating for the "FUN".
If that is the case, I have another solution.
When you get home PUT THE CANDY AWAY instead of sitting it right there in front of Junior's face.

A little tip:
If the candy sits in the cabinet long enough, Junior will forget all about it.
Which is a good thing around here......


What Candy?

Where did the candy go?

Hey, don't look at me.


I've also heard that people do this with candy that comes in their kid's stockings and Easter baskets.

:shaking head:
Just don't buy it.

But seriously....
Do you do this?
Take kid trick or treating only to have him trade candy for something else
Leave me a comment.
I'm curious.


Amy on November 3, 2009 at 11:04 AM said...

This year I took my boys (6, 3, 10 months) to a nearby mall for "trick or treating". Mainly it was because I wanted them to be able to wear their costume alone (ie, without outerwear) because it required bare legs and arms... they were gladiators. The mall thing was the Friday before Halloween. The candy they collected was then given out to trick or treaters who came to our home.

(My boys LOVED answering the door and giving out candy!)

Halloween night, we went to a party at our church. They put a ton of effort into making it super fun. I think there were around 70-80 kids there. At the end of the evening -full of games, activities, cotton candy, bouncy houses, etc- each kid left with a big paper bag full of candy.

That night, we did ask ourselves why we bothered to take the candy since our boys had already decided they'd prefer a toy. My husband and I ate a bit (ie. TOO MUCH) that weekend, then he took it all to work with him on Monday.

So why do we do it?

- we still want our kids to have the fun on Halloween, but not eat all that junk
- WE don't want it sitting around the house because WE WILL EAT IT

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes on November 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM said...

Thanks for your input, Amy!

Let me send you my address for next year. Just send the candy to ME! I will properly dispose it.

I promise!

The Allen Family on November 3, 2009 at 11:19 AM said...

Ha ha ha! As I'm reading that, my boys and I have about ten candy wrappers around us. I don't trade their candy for toys. We love candy around here. I don't just let them keep it in their room, but I for sure let them have more candy than they normally would other times of the year. Eating extra sweets is what the holidays are all about!

Emmy on November 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM said...

Heck no I don't trade it! Why deprive them of being children! They are called baby teeth for a reason, they are going to fall out anyway.

Now before anyone thinks I completely neglect/indulge my kids I do limit them to a few pieces a day for a few days after Halloween and then the candy does sort of disappear into the cupboards. Were magical pieces will occasionally emerge for one reason or another.

nichole on November 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM said...

By the third day she forgot all about the candy, so except for the milky ways, it all went in the trash;)...sorry:(

Staci on November 3, 2009 at 2:43 PM said...

My 5 year old feels the need to sort his candy constantly (into like, kind of like, and love piles, I think). He's been eating a couple pieces each day after dinner.

Honestly, I don't think a little sugar hurts, and the candy will run out soon. And honestly, I don't see the point in trading them for something else either. But momma does steal a Reece's cup (or 6). I'm sure he'll never notice that they're gone.

Judy@cutest-little-things on November 3, 2009 at 2:57 PM said...

I took my son trick-or-treating and no I didn't make him trade in his candy. Everything in moderation is my method of parenting. They're only little once - we all had candy growing up and turned out fine :)

Amanda on November 3, 2009 at 3:02 PM said...

I let my daughter go trick or treating to only 2 houses this year... not by choice, there were literally only 2 houses passing out candy in my neighborhood. Which explains why we bought 3 BAGS of candy and they are all gone because we were one of the 2 houses. Very sad. No leftovers for me.

Amanda on November 3, 2009 at 3:04 PM said...

I just let my kids have the candy. It's not like they eat it every day of the year. I don't want them to be like the kids I grew up with who weren't allowed to have sweets then when we all left home they went NUTS and they're the ones keeping the soda and candy companies in business now as adults. To my kids chocolate is nice, but they're not above grabbing some pretzels or an apple either - even when all 3 are next to each other.

Elaine A. on November 3, 2009 at 4:02 PM said...

Nope, I just eat alot of it myself. They're still little so I can play that game. They do get a couple of pieces a day though...

But you know, to each his own. If the kid would rather have a toy then more power to 'em. AS for me and my house, we will have the candy! ;)

blueviolet on November 3, 2009 at 6:20 PM said...

I feel so dumb because I have never once taken candy from my kids' trick or treat bags and now it's too late. I'm such a fool!

TheSingleGirl on November 3, 2009 at 7:29 PM said...

My theories on child rearing are as strict and Pilgrim-esque as all get out...


Halloween candy just doesn't count.

Offering the option of trading candy for a toy or dvd? Sure. As long as it's an option.

I WILL inspect it when my babay is older, and I'm sure more than half will FAIL inspection and need to be TESTED*cougheatencough*for SAFETY by ME.

Oh, and, for what it's worth... Candy only started having damaging effects on me (thunder thighs) when I reached adult hood. *Sigh*

Gena on November 3, 2009 at 7:40 PM said...

Seriously?? LOL I let them eat it cause I need a reason to make an appointment with that HAWT dentist. Don't want the Mister to wonder why I am constantly bringing kids to the dentist. :)

PamperingBeki on November 3, 2009 at 9:48 PM said...

My only rule is that the chocolate goes to mommy.

Other than that, it's all fair game!

Chelle on November 3, 2009 at 10:20 PM said...

There's no way I would deprive Bellie (and Maddie when she's older) of the candy! That's the reward for letting us dress them up and drag them around to strangers' homes right?!

And this year I ate a lot of the good stuff. I'm sure it'll be that way every. single. year...

Chris on November 4, 2009 at 10:17 AM said...

I let my kids pick about 5-10 pieces that are their favorites, then we put the rest in a family bowl. That is there for occasional snacking for the next month or so..whatever is left after a month or so is usually the stuff nobody wants so it gets thrown away.

Something I did this year was snitch some of the candy and place it in a bag and up in a closet to go in their Christmas Stockings! Saving a little money is great, and since the candy all goes in a family bowl, they didn't notice it was missing :) I read about this tip on a friend's facebook profile and thought it was a great idea!

Lauranie on November 4, 2009 at 1:36 PM said...

My kids love candy out of the WOMB so of course THEY notice when some is missing!! :) I have to ASK, then because I have such sweet kids, they give me whatever I want!! And they know that all of the Tootsie Rolls go to Daddy!

Kristina Petrella on November 19, 2009 at 5:23 PM said...

Yea, husband put the kebash (sp) on trick or treating starting this year. He can be such a fun-sucker Oh well, the kids got candy from their grandparents anyway.

Threeundertwo on December 16, 2009 at 1:14 PM said...

We make the kids pay a "candy tax" around here. As they get older, it gets pretty steep. I have the hips to prove it.


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