CoolTips to Staying Green Every Season
Wishing You a SpookTacularly Green Halloween
Are you frightful of Halloween's upcoming candy wars? You know, the ones where your kids want all that sugar all the time, until it's all gone, and you don't.
We did a little sniffing around (including asking some CoolMoms) for some CoolTips to reducing our wee one's Halloween loot. We found a few that are not only green, but also might bypass some serious candy battles.
Invoke the Great Pumpkin!
One CoolMom tells us about her creative idea:
"I don’t want to be Halloween Scrooge and deny them the joy of eating it. So here’s what we do at our house, the kids get to eat as much as they want on Halloween night. After that, they pick their 10 favorite pieces to save, and the rest gets left on a bowl on the table for The Great Pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin comes to our house while the kids are asleep and takes the candy, leaving a small toy in exchange. I’ve heard that other households are visited by The Halloween Fairy. Obviously, she’s the Tooth Fairy’s evil (but more fun) twin!" -Audrey Querns
Kids get cash for their candy while our troops get a boost!
Consider participating in Halloween Candy Buyback Programs where kids get cash for their candy and the candy gets put to good use rather than ending up in landfills. Kids can trade their candy for cash and Operation Gratitude will send the treats to our U.S. troops overseas. Red Tricycle has made it easy for the Seattle area by compiling a list of Seattle-area dentists who will be buying all the sweetness back this year.
When all else fails, embrace it and reuse it.
There's always another option to throwing the candy out that makes great use of it later. Simply save it in the freezer to use for another holiday or special occasion:
- Create a gingerbread house with the leftovers.
- Use the leftover candy for a DIY piñata or a cake for a future party celebration (ok the cake recipe link is a bit outrageous but oh what inspiration!)
- Cut up the candy for a left over cookie recipe. Check out 15 other recipes here!
CoolMom wishes you a Happy Green Halloween!
Good luck with the candy negotiations.