It’s OK to throw out unused Halloween candy.
This is actually a decent thing for me to remember.
Recognize that the closer you or your family sit to a candy bowl, the more likely you are to eat from it.
Ha, except the frequent trips I make into the kitchen to visit the stash. That's, like, EXERCISE.
If you host trick-or-treaters, consider alternatives to candy:
· Nonfood items: Stickers, balloons, whistles, finger puppets, glow sticks, rubber balls, temporary tattoos, funky looking erasers, sports cards, rubber creepy creatures, dollar-store toys
· Sugar-free gum
· Mini-boxes of raisins, pretzels, or nuts (although remember that some people are allergic to peanuts)
· Single-serve packs of cereal.
· Dried fruit or vegetable chips (make sure they have minimal fat)
· Juice boxes with no-sugar-added juice
· Small granola bars. Granola bars can be high in fat and calories, but there are many that are about 100 calories with little fat.
OK, stickers MIXED IN WITH THE CANDY might work. I actually did throw in some cheap plastic bracelets this year, and several teenagers actually took those instead of candy (lame-ohs). But cereal? And don't get me started on the granola bars. My parents did that, and I'm still not over it. OBVIOUSLY.
Before your kids go trick-or-treating, make sure they’ve had a good meal. If they fill up on real food, they’re less likely to fill up on candy as they make their rounds.
Melanie and her mom had this one down years ago, with their bacon sandwiches on trick or treat night. That's what I'm talking about. Now, plotting how to get invited to her house next Halloween.
And then, AND THEN! Someone replies to this whole message: you know you can compost your leftover Halloween candy. You just have to take the wrappers off first.
There would be some seriously happy raccoons in my neighborhood if this happened. IF. Like a pile of unwrapped Halloween candy would make it from my house to the yard waste container. Maybe the Nestle Crunch and any candy involving coconut would make it. Otherwise, good luck.
Seriously, my hats are off to the wellness teams of the world. Thank you, for real, for the reminder that it is okay to throw away Halloween candy. And may you be blessed with granola bars and raisin boxes every Halloween until you are 150. And dollar store toys.