Once everyone is finished eating gross amounts of chocolate and Smarties, and you still have a big pile of candy that you don't know what to do with, send it overseas. You can mail Halloween Candy to the troops in Iraq through Operation Gratitude. You only pay to ship it to California, and an extra $11 donation covers the overseas postage. They also have YouTube video. You can also visit halloweenbuyback.com. There you can find a dentist near you that is buying back candy from the kids - $1 a pound and sending to troops.
A few other ideas friends have shared with me:
- Pumpkin fairy. Leave out the candy and a surprise is left in its place.
- Design with it. Use it for art projects. Smarties take the place of macaroni pictures.
- My method... I let my kids pick 10 pieces each. about 5 of those disappear, somehow... and they eat the rest over the next 2 weeks. Then we're done. No arguments so far!