Microblog Mondays: Sugar Overload

Until this year, I had never really understood parents who opted for the “switch witch” concept, where they either take away their child’s Hallowe’en candy at night while the kid is sleeping and leave a toy instead, or give the kid a choice between keeping the candy or keeping the toy. I didn’t have much of a problem with E. enjoying his Hallowe’en spoils, especially since he only visited a handful of houses every year and was happy enough to be limited to one piece a day (after dinner).

Then there was this year, and because E. is six now he wanted to stay out trick-or-treating for longer and because his costume was so ridiculously amazing many of our neighbours gave him extra candy- huge handfuls of it in some cases.

He ended up with a TRUCKLOAD of candy- it filled the bowl in which we’d kept the candy that we gave out to 80 or 90 kids, plus he needed an extra container for his chips.

He’s been able to choose something nut-free for his lunch and he can have a piece after dinner if he’s had a good supper and if he remembers to ask for it. He’s never argued about this, and the result is that, even with Q. and I eating a significant number of his mini chocolate bars after he’s gone to bed, we’ve still barely made a dent in it.

We have a blanket rule that Hallowe’en candy is removed from the house on the 1st of December (so we can enjoy a couple of candy-free weeks before all the Christmas goodies start piling up) and, again, E.’s never argued with this because he’s usually eaten almost all of his candy by then and he’s a bit bored with it.

This year he’s still going to have a lot left over, so I’m not sure how he’ll react.

I don’t see anything inherently bad in eating candy as the occasional treat, and I’d even be up for E. having a big binge and making himself sick in the process as a learning experience, but I have to say that the sheer volume of candy he came home with this year has made me seriously consider the switch witch idea for the first time, even if I would dearly miss the mini Twix and Wunderbars.

If you do Hallowe’en (or did as a kid), how is (was) candy handled in your house?

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8 responses to “Microblog Mondays: Sugar Overload

  1. I MISS CHOCOLATE!! My kingdom for a mini Mars, so delicious.
    Is there something nice that can be done with the candy on December 1st, rather than binning it? I like the idea of some candy-free weeks in there, that is smart. I’d never heard of the switch witch, but I think my ten year old self would have been pretty upset even if it was a cool toy. Tricky… it this the trick for parents – how to deal with the treats?!

  2. Isaac got 259 pieces of candy this year!!! Yikes. We counted it all up, and he traded it in for minutes of video game time. At first, he had decided he wanted to trade it for Pokeman cards, but then he realized he didn’t actually care about Pokeman cards, lol. Our local dentist will pay per pound and then ship it overseas to the troops, so it’s a win-win to NOT eat it. I always sneak some skittles, though ;).

  3. Just to clarify, Isaac can’t eat any candy. Sugar, gluten, dyes, etc all wreak havoc on his system and increase inflammation, so it’s sadly not allowed even in moderation.

  4. Turia

    Trading a piece for a minute of screen time is a great idea! Gets rid of the candy AND doesn’t bring more ‘stuff’ into the house, plus a kid who can eat sugar could choose to keep some favourites.

  5. I have no comments (we never had much “candy” – as you Americans call it – in our house – it was definitely a treat, and of course, no Halloween). But I do find it fascinating reading about your traditions.

  6. I know a lot of the parents at dh & my offices used to bring the excess candy to work. πŸ˜‰ (We did it one year too, when we bought too much candy to hand out & had a lot left over.) It usually disappeared pretty quickly. πŸ˜‰ I know you don’t work in a conventional office, but you could always pass it out to your students. πŸ˜‰

  7. P.S. When we were kids, we ate it all ourselves over the next few weeks — although I am sure (I KNOW) my parents helped themselves once we were asleep…! πŸ˜‰

  8. Turia

    @Mali- as we North Americans call it. πŸ™‚ Otherwise you are suggesting that I live south of the border. It’s a minor but critical distinction (especially in the current political climate).

    Do you call candy lollies like the Brits and the Aussies do or do you have another term?

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