Happy Halloween everyone!!! Did your kids go trick or treating or did you buy candy to pass out to the kids in your neighborhood? Since we decided to get healthy in February, I quit bringing home a ton of junk home from the grocery store. Halloween kicks off the holiday season and potential unhealthy eating opportunities especially sweets and junk food. Candy and sweets are one of my pitfalls when it comes to eating healthy, so it is easier not to have it in my house so that I am not tempted to overindulge. If you are guilty of overindulging in Halloween candy, I wanted to share some ways to get it out of the house so that you aren’t tempted to eat it.
Take it to the Homeless Shelter
Find the nearest homeless shelter in your area. Gather your leftover candy and take it to the homeless shelter. The people who are living or use the homeless shelter to meet their basic needs would enjoy the treat. They typically don’t get to indulge in candy or sweets because it is often considered a luxury when you are homeless.
Halloween Candy Buy Back
Have you ever heard of the Halloween candy buyback program? The program was founded in 2005 with the goal of getting “some of the candy” off the streets. Candy is often used as a way to get drugs into the hands of young children, which is why parents should always inspect your child’s candy or take them trick or treating in safe locations. You can find Halloween candy buy back program at local dentist offices and other select locations in your community. The program pays kids around a dollar per pound of candy turned in. Then the candy is scanned and sent to the troops overseas.
Visit a Nursing Home in Your Area
Grab your leftover candy and visit a nursing home in your area. I remember when my mother was in a memory care facility and it was sad to see how many patients didn’t have any family around to come to visit their loved one. Do make sure that you talk to the nurses or staff member of the facility before roaming the halls to ensure that the residents can have special treats. If they can’t have special treats, you can leave the candy for the nurses too. However, if the residents can have special surprises, allow your child to take a piece of candy to each resident in the facility. They will enjoy the delightful surprise and enjoy seeing that someone cares about them.
Use Leftover Halloween Candy for Science Experiments
Find a few fun science experiments, that you can show your children; that doesn’t require anyone to eat any of the candy. For example, pour some milk into a plate or shallow bowl and add a fun-sized package skittles, then watch the milk turn different colors. Try these 10 fun science experiments using leftover Halloween candy.
Take it to the Food Bank
Gather up your leftover Halloween candy and a few non-perishable food items to take to your local food bank. The holidays can be tough on families who are struggling to make ends meet. Food banks are always in need of food that they can give to needy families. Needy families often eat inexpensive meals or meals that lack proper nutrition. So as you are going through your pantry, look for the following options: soups with meat, canned meat, sugar, flour, peanut butter, protein bars, beans, rolled oats, brown rice, quinoa, nuts or seeds, shelf-stable milk, canned stews, holiday foods, low-sodium vegetables, canned fruits, pasta and pasta sauce, oatmeal, cooking oil, popcorn, and anything that your family enjoys including your leftover Halloween candy.
Share your Leftover Halloween Candy
Send your leftover Halloween candy with your spouse or take it with you to work. You can leave it in the breakroom for other’s to enjoy. This is an excellent way to get it out of the house; however, if your entire office is on a health kick this might be a wise option.
Post an Ad on Craigslist or Offer Up
You can easily post an ad on craigslist or offer up and list your leftover Halloween candy for free. If you post an ad, do make sure that you meet the other party in a safe location.
You can freeze a few of your favorite candy bars and use them in your smoothies or for an occasional treat. Candy that is frozen tends to last longer especially if you hide it in the back of the freezer.
Put it on Your Porch at the end of the Night
Leave your unwanted Halloween candy on your porch and turn on the porch light. Chances are the candy will disappear rather quickly. Don’t worry if you forgot to do it this year; you can always use this idea next Halloween.
Halloween candy can be a pitfall to your healthy eating journey, and if you are like me, it is one of my biggest weaknesses. Even if I do eat a piece of candy or two or three, I always log it into MyFitness Pal. I want other’s to realize that it is okay to indulge in occasional treats; however, hiding it is only hurting you in the long run.