The Sugar Fairy

kobe-mosaic17s3072By: Michelle Yera

Here in the United States we are getting ready to celebrate Halloween.
I love Halloween and the Fall season – the changing leaves, pumpkins, hot cider, trick or treating and the general feeling that the holiday season has begun.  What I don’t love is the overabundance of candy that my daughter seems to bring home from everywhere!

So, what’s a parent to do when you have piles of candy just waiting to be eaten and little ones that are begging for it?  Rather than fight about it or secretly throw half of it away, you can try one of the following alternatives.

In our house the “Sugar Fairy” pays us a visit on Halloween night and takes the candy, leaving a small gift.  I’ve heard her called by various other names such as the Sugar Sprite, Pumpkin Fairy or Halloween Fairy but the story is generally the same.  Our fairy is one that eats nectar from the flowers in our backyard but, during the winter months in our area, there are no flowers for her to feed from.  In order to survive the winter she needs sugar.  So she pays us a visit on Halloween and trades the candy for a small present.  This will allow her, along with her family and friends, to eat all winter long.  We generally allow our daughter to keep a small amount of her favorite candies and then she gives the rest to the Sugar Fairy along with a note.  She loves the idea of this (and fairies in general) and has been talking about how much candy she is going to collect for her this year for a couple of weeks now.   Over the years we have tailored our story to what works best for us and I suggest that you do the same.

Here are a couple of links to stories that others use:

The Pumpkin Fairy

The Sugar Sprite

2218351961_e3d06fe880Another idea that I love is to either donate the candy to the troops or take it to a local dentist who will buy it back from you and then send it overseas to the troops.  You can search here for a dentist local to you.
If you don’t have a collection point local to you, the candy can be mailed directly to Operation Gratitude.

Generally I just throw away the candy but that always feels so wasteful, so this year I may take ours in (secretly of course!) to a local dentist.

How do you handle the overabundance of candy?  Share your ideas below!

 

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Candy Photo credit: Rochelle, just rochelle / Foter / CC BY

Pumpkin Photo credit: Foter / CC BY-SA