I know that childhood obesity is a huge problem, with almost a third of kids age 2-19 qualifying as overweight or obese. But I still can’t help but cringe at all the ideas I’ve read recently about how to separate children from their Halloween candy. To me, Halloween is all about excess and overindulgence, and getting a thimble-sized jar of playdo in my bag just wouldn’t do it for me.
I don’t know – maybe kids today are just as pleased with stickers as they are with lollipops. And maybe they’re excited to sell their candy back to their parents for cold, hard cash, or trade it in for a toy – strategies some parents use to convince their kids to give up their treats. But my kids get toys on birthdays and Hannukkah; they get money from the tooth fairy. Halloween is their favorite holiday because of all its sweet, sticky, manic, deliciousness – so my plan for that night is to just let them wallow in it.
Of course, no kid can eat all his or her Halloween candy in one night. What to do afterwards? We usually ration it out for a week or two, until all the best candy is gone. Then, when even the kids themselves are sick of sugar, the last few tootsie rolls and packs of smarties might disappear.
What’s your philosophy about Halloween candy?