Candy, candy, everywhere

The Working Mom by Kay Luna, from the Quad-City Times

So, I was the one who ended up sick at our house over Halloween. Go figure.

We didn’t go anywhere the entire weekend, period. We even missed trick-or-treating.

Luckily, Babycakes is 2 and didn’t know the difference. She felt quite satisfied with the Halloween parties and trick-or-treating she did Friday at daycare and the Quad-City Times.

And you know what? She was actually happy that we “got to stay home,” instead of going somewhere every day (I felt guilt over that one). Plus, she had fun by dressing up as Cinderella almost non-stop all weekend, which was adorable.

We still ended up with just enough candy to make her CRAZY (Haha!), asking all the time when she could have a treat. We let her choose one piece after each meal, which made her happy.

But I was just talking to a co-worker who says she has always told her daughter that the “Candy Witch” comes to some kids’ houses, and collects half of your candy loot, much like the “Tooth Fairy.” In exchange for taking the candy, the “Candy Witch” leaves a special gift.

I’ve never heard of that one. She said her own Mom did the same thing when she was a little girl, and she always looked forward to it.

Some dentists and doctors across the country also collect kids’ Halloween candy, in exchange for healthy alternatives or money, according to stories I’ve read online.

How do you deal with the constant begging for candy after Halloween? Do you restrict how much your kids eat somehow? I know when my son was young, my husband was always more than happy to “help” by eating some of his chocolate (with the boy’s permission!). Ha! What do you do?