Thanks to our friends at The Well Center NY in Armonk they shared some creative ideas to get the candy out of your house!
𝗦𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗖𝗛 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗖𝗛: Think of this like the “tooth fairy” but for Halloween. Give them each a container that they can keep for all of their favorites. Then in a separate container, the kids put all the extras that don’t fit into their personal loot. And tell them that the switch witch will be coming later to take their candy and switch it for a toy. Something small or crafty works best. The next morning, the candy is GONE and the little gift is left signed by the Switch Witch.
𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗞: Dump all the candy out of their wrappers and create an original Picasso out of candy and glue. Take a picture and you get to throw it all away at the end!
𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗡𝗘𝗦𝗦: Make little bags or packages with thank you tags and leave them for the mail carrier, UPS driver, or trash collector. Deliver to the fire or police station, set out in baskets in the waiting rooms at the hospital. Brainstorm with your kids about people who often go without even a thank you that help your family and community, such a simple but meaningful lesson!
𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗧𝗟𝗘 𝗢𝗡𝗘𝗦: Use the candy for a little learning – all those brightly covered wrappers make for some fun sorting & patterning activities! Or another idea is to “make a potion.” The steps are simple: bring a few cups of water to a boil, then remove from heat. Unwrap all the candy and put it into the pot. You can let your child predict in advance what color it might be, whether it will all mix together or if you’ll get some “curds and whey” type of texture. After they’ve had fun stirring it all around and exclaiming over the gooeyness and grossness, you can pour it on a compost pile or down the toilet.
Let us know how the fun goes tag @thewellcenterny and @northernwestchestermoms on Instagram and show us your ideas!