When I was a kid I LOVED trick-or-treating on Halloween (what kid doesn’t?), and I LOVED all my candy even more (unfortunately I still have this problem today). I remember my brother and I getting home and counting to see who had more candy and trading pieces for our favorites. Then my mom would go through our candy to examine it and make sure it was “safe to eat,” and not tampered with. Now looking back it was a great way to get rid of a third of our candy stash :(.
The days leading up to Halloween are filled with junk. Candy, cookies and cake at Halloween parties, treats at school, and then trick-or-treating. It’s obviously okay for kids to have a treat once in awhile but it’s unnecessary to consume all of this crap for the weeks leading up to Halloween.
Even though my son is only 22 months and he’s yet to have his own love for candy, as a mom I want him to eat as healthy as possible and this got me thinking. What is a good way to still have the fun of trick-or-treating without kids eating 500 pieces of candy (or even worse, me eating 500 pieces of candy)?
Then I remembered a few years back how my sister in law had her kids donate their candy to the troops, and I absolutely love this idea! My nephew, who was only seven at the time, decided he wanted to say thank you to the troops by sending ALL of his candy to the troops (this makes me such a proud Aunt :)).
My family has a huge appreciation for the military and it’s something my husband and I want to teach our children. The organization is called Operation Gratitude, and they have a Halloween Candy Program that sends the candy to the troops overseas. This is something my family will participate in every year. What better way for your kids to learn a valuable lesson by giving up something they love to say thank you to our troops who risk their lives fighting for our freedom? Avoiding cavities and empty calories is just an added bonus :). It’s a win, win!
I’m not saying I’m going to make my kids give up all of their candy. I will let them keep a little and and send the rest to say thank you to our troops and hopefully put a big smile on their faces :).
Just make sure you tell your kids before you send all of their candy to Operation Gratitude because this might happen. This video makes me laugh so hard.