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Take Charge of Halloween Temptation

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How the Halloween Fairy can save you from yourself!

It’s the day after trick-or-treating and the kitchen counter is overflowing with candy. It smells good. It looks good. It calls to you at night. How will you rid your house of the temptation? You certainly aren’t going to let the kids eat all of it, so what are you going to do?
Hide it? (and eat it yourself)

Ration it? (and eat it yourself)

Take it to work? (and eat it yourself)

No! Schedule a visit from the Halloween Fairy!

The Halloween Fairy is a lesser-known cousin of the Tooth Fairy. She arrives, when invited, after Halloween to magically turn excess candy into special gifts for good children (and maybe even adults.)

Here’s how it works:

Each child is given a quart-sized zippered plastic bag and may choose candy to keep. This is a great time to talk about which candies are just sugar and aren’t very tasty and which they really enjoy. Encourage the children to choose only the candy they truly enjoy. (You might want to make a bag too)

Put the bags of selected candy away, out of sight, to reduce the temptation. Children may ask for a treat when it is appropriate. Treating yourself is okay, but limit to once per day.

Put the rest of the candy in a large bowl in the center of the kitchen table (or other convenient location)
Overnight the Halloween Fairy changes the candy into small gift such as:
Fun new toothbrush
Fun Flossers
Healthy snacks
Temporary Tattoos
Active games or toys (jump ropes, balls, etc.)
Stickers, crayons, or other craft supplies

Older kids/adults might enjoy:
Videos or DVDs
I-Tunes certificates
Hair decorations

5. The Halloween Fairy makes the candy disappear with your help (make sure to dispose of it where the children won’t see — and definitely don’t bring it to work!)

Remove the temptation and have a little fun at the same time!

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