I love Halloween night. Love it! I love pulling together costumes and eating dinner as quickly as possible so we can get out in the neighborhood with the rest of the families. I love the glowing jack-o-lanterns and giant bowls of goodies and smiling neighbors. I love watching Blaine--the brave knight--running down the sidewalk with two shields, a sword, and a ghostie candy bucket, with Tigger Roger chasing after him. I love the excitement over a 'honey bitto' (really Blaine, you love Bit-o-Honeys?) or the polite 'ackshully I don't really like these candies' on each porch. And I love ushering them home, letting them munch a few favorite sweets, cozying them up, and watching them drift off to sleep (or is it a sugar induced coma?).
But then we wake up on November 1st and there are two giant ghostie buckets of sugar on the counter. Yikes! So I have a plan this year, and my boys are already looking forward to it.
We'll save a few of our favorite candies and put them in treat basket in the high cupboard. They can be doled out for good behavior, extra chores, or an easy dessert. But the rest will be traded in for coupons. You know, like this: "Trade in 5 candies and earn a family movie night." We're going to do movies and outings (to the local science museum, bookstore, dollar store, or yogurt shop, for example) and maybe even a late night. And look. I even found these printable vouchers to use.
Here's the thing, I'm not ultra controlling or even super worried about a little sugar in my kids' lives. But you should see the loot we collected. And you should see my two-year-old on a real life sugar high. Whoa. This way, we got our magical Halloween night, we get some of our favorite sweets, and we also maintain our sanity and healthy bloodstreams. It's like a win-win-win.
Already dreaming of Thanksgiving mashed potatoes,
P.S. Any fun outings/prizes to add to the voucher list?