Is it Wrong to Hide or Toss Your Kids’ Halloween Candy?

How to limit candy intake without depriving your children of candy

Don’t be the candy witch this Halloween.

Don’t Toss the Candy. Seriously. No matter what you do, do not throw out that candy (at least right away). This goes into the “choose your battles wisely” category. It won’t just be temper tantrums; they’ll remind you of the time you threw out all of their candy for years to come.

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Controlled Crazy. Let your kids play with, sort out, and yes, eat some candy after trick-or-treating. Have them sort out any candies they don’t like, and then store the remaining candy in plastic re-sealable bags.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Don’t put the candy on display or within arm’s reach. Store those bags in a high cabinet, out of the line of vision for your kids. This is important in helping them forget about the stuff.

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Moderation is Key. Let them have a piece or two of candy every night. They’ll pick their favorites, and will enjoy getting a treat, but won’t go overboard on the sugar.

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Alternate Uses. Sooner or later (like when they start getting turkey-shaped candies), they’ll forget that they even had a giant bag of Halloween candy. You can use it for arts and crafts, or if enough time has passed, you can quietly toss the remaining few pieces without them noticing.

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Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.