How do you deal with Halloween? My kids seem to go trick-or-treating for 3 days straight! Starting Friday at school, Friday night dance, Saturday morning visiting all the local businesses and ending in the afternoon when we'll trick-or-treat door to door in the neighborhood. Our kids are all very different. My 8 yr. old, would love to hold onto her candy as long as she could saving all of her favorites (and usually mine too). My 5 yr. old would eat it all in one seating if we would let her. She's not picky as long as its sweet. My 3 yr. old really hasn't experienced it yet, he enjoyed all the lollipops he could manage to sneak from his sisters last year, but this year will be different. I have a feeling, he will not be phased by the on slot of sweetness. He'll eat one or two pieces and wait for us to offer him more. Our 1 yr. old will be a scavenger and take any candy unguarded.
Last year, I allowed myself to eat one type of candy: tootsie rolls. My kids were offering them to me by the handfuls. Unfortunately, when food is offered to me, I have difficulty saying no. This year, I shall TRY to limit the tootsie rolls to a few a day rather than all on Halloween. My wife, has no difficulty at all staying away from the candy. She'll eat a few of the choice candy bars, but the rest doesn't bother her.
We'll be hiding the baskets once the initial feasting is finished and limiting the kids to a few a day. The girls really looked forward to being able to pick a few pieces daily to put in their lunch boxes too.
What are some tricks to keep yourself from eating the entire bag of tootsie rolls? I've heard some good suggestions at WW meetings, nothing too outrageous. Spray it with Raid and throw it away. Take it to work and let your co-workers gain the weight. Donate it to a Children's Hospital since they don't get to go and trick-or-treat on their own. Flush it down the toilet? I suppose tootsie rolls would flush alright ;)
What would be some creative tricks to keep you away from eating the entire bag? Freeze it and use it as a ice pack, play "Ding-dong-ditch" and leave it on your skinny neighbors door step, take to Lake Michigan and try to use the candy as "stones" and try "Skipping Stones." Make a creative sculpture of Halloween candy and donate it to the local museum, who knows you may become famous.
Not sure what I'll try yet, but I'll keep thinking.