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Too Many Halloween Treats? 10 good ways to get rid of the haul!

A little too much trick-or-treating meant I (Lynn) didn’t get home in time to write the post I wanted to so yes, it’s true, I “borrowed” this one from Green Halloween! (posted by Kia Robertson). Hope you had a fabulously green Halloween and that whatever you do, you don’t toss candy into the trash!

Halloween is a really fun tradition and as all you Green Halloween fans know, it can celebrated in ways that are good for our bodies and for the earth.

It’s so fun to get dressed up and live in a world of make believe for a day. The scary part might just be all the candy and junk food that most likely has made its way into your house.

We think Halloween is the perfect time to show parents that when junk food is in the house it’s hard not to eat it…this is the same all year long…it just gets amplified on this day. If you keep all the candy and treats just pay attention to how much harder it is resist. It’s an excellent example of why healthy eating is so much easier if you don’t bring tempting junk food into the house.

Need ideas for getting the post-Halloween sweets out of the house? Here are ten:

1. Let the kids choose their favorite treats and give them one per day for a week.

2. Have a visit from the switch witch and trade the candy for a toy or maybe some money. There is even a book about the Switch Witch! Or maybe a Candy Fairy can come for a visit.

3. Find out if a dentist in your area is taking candy in exchange for toys. There are many dentists that offer this buy back type of service! Halloween Candy Buy Back!

4. Send candy to soldiers…just Google that phrase and you’ll find quite a few sites with information such as Operation Gratitude.

5. Take some to nursing homes, women’s shelters, police or fire stations.

6. Do some baking with some of those sweets and share with your neighbors.

7. Save some to decorate your Gingerbread houses at Christmas time.

8. Turn it into a science experiment.

9. Give some to the grandparents, grown up cousins that are “too old” to trick or treat, or to aunts and uncles who don’t have kids.

10. Take it to work. If you work from home do one of the above or else you’ll probably find yourself “snacking” more often than you’d like.

Do you do something else with your leftover goodies? Let us know.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of  Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®.

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