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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

This is what we do with the Halloween candy in my house. Just an idea I have reposted if you have too much of it too! I also don't buy any candy, since we are gone all evening with the kids and I always eat half the bag ;-) Happy Halloween!
We love Halloween in my family, but I don't like all the Halloween candy in our house. It isn't good for the kids and it is a temptation for me. I think the whole Candy Witch or Great Pumpkin idea is over the top: Put out your candy and it's replaced with a toy. My kids have enough toys and a birthday is just around the corner.

I read about an idea at Stephmodo, one of my favorite blogs, to trade candy for coupons. The coupon ideas were so sweet and family oriented I decided to do this myself! They are things that the kids love, but we never do enough of (a few are are just straight up bribes to get rid of the candy though). They don't all the candy, but most of it. I made most be a 5 candy trade and a couple 10 candies.

Some of Our Coupons are:
1 Silly Bandz
Stay Up Late 30 Minutes
1 Hot Chocolate
In n Out For Dinner
Trip to the Yogurt Shop
Daddy Cleans the Playroom
1 Lunchables for School Lunch
Family Game Night with Popcorn
Family Movie Night - DVD & Popcorn
Mom Does Bedtime Reading

Last year when I told the boys we would be doing this they were so excited. I was thinking through the ideas as I told them, and when I got to "Daddy will clean the playroom" they went crazy!! "Daddy!?!" The idea was ludicrous apparently. Mind you, Daddy was in Moscow at the moment and had no idea of this plan. So I knew it was a hit and I'd get all their candy in the end. Hahaha! (Daddy on the other hand, was not thrilled. But that coupon finally came out he did clean the playroom.)

I just thought this was a great way to sneak in quality family time AND get rid of your candy. I once overheard them plotting to give me only "bad candy" or try and trade empty wrappers, but over all it was a big success. 


  1. What a great idea about the coupons. I hope you had a great night :-)

  2. I love your themed costumes, you guys look great. Great suggestion with the coupons for the kids :)

  3. Tell me about the fuzzies...I guess I'm not much of a trekkie. :-)

  4. Love the costumes Amber. Great idea with the coupons. When my guys were little we used to buy each candy piece back for 10cents. Little or big, it didn't matter, 10 cents each.They could keep what they wanted, but they usually only kept a little. It cost me, but they boys had some money to buy something they wanted and my husband took the huge bag to work. I like your idea better though, because it is cheaper and kids love getting something like a free playroom clean!

  5. So what do you do with the candy? Pitch it?
    And I, too, need to know what the "fuzzies" are on your costumes...and I thought I was a quasi-trekkie. :(

  6. What a great idea! I looked at my big bowl of candy last night and thought sabotage. Who is going to trade for my candy?

  7. The fuzzy things on our costumes are Tribbles. We are the original Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXQ0CMp6BI8&feature=related

    I save some of the candy for Gingerbread houses next month or toss it. One yr there was a program to send it soldiers and we did that too. Thanks for sharing all your ideas too!

  8. There was also a story on Facebook where a dentist was collecting all candy donations to ship to troops overseas. I don't remember the details, but I'm sure you could probably Google it!

  9. Is it bad that I already knew they were Tribbles? Also I hate to be the one to tell you but you're a goner if you're wearing red! I'm not really a trekkie, just old enough to remember the show when it was on!

  10. Cool idea! I rather let mine keep all their candy, and they get to eat one or two for dessert. It lasts for weeks and it's great for portion control. This year I have no desire to eat any of the candy. :)

  11. Great idea with the coupons. Now my kids are grown I dont have to worry about it anymore and I did not even buy candy to have around the house. I love your costumes. I cant wait until I get my coconut products!

  12. I hear you Dawn! The year before we started this my kids got close to 300 pieces of candy and it was around 6 months later. This year they got much, much less. We will do the trade tomorrow and they have pre-traded with each other already! Saira - I saw that too! Very cool!