Fall…with it comes all things pumpkin spice, cooler weather, festivals and parties galore! Halloween kicks the fall season into gear….and then you are often left with an over abundance of candy and Halloween costumes come November 1. Never fear…we have a few simple suggestions on how to keep things under control!
First, let’s talk about ALL. THE. CANDY! It always amazes us that our children come home with their weight in candy after a night of trick or treating. While your sweet tooth might enjoy some of it, your dentist will probably not be happy if you have too much!! So, what do you do????
1 - Separate all of the chocolate from the other types of candy and place in bags to freeze. Throughout the year, you can pull the candy out in smaller serving sizes to enjoy! When separating the chocolate, put all the Hershey bars in the same bag and you will be ready the next time you want to make s’mores!!
2 - Donate to the Troops!!! There are several non-profit organizations that accept candy and then mail it off in care packages. Check out these organizations if you are looking to send some to our troops!
3 - Frequently, local businesses and dentist offices will serve as a collection point for the candy and will mail it in for you. Be sure to check your community for any drop off spots!
4 - Keep a little for yourself! Endulge your sweet tooth and enjoy!
Once you have the candy under control, what do you do with all the costumes and dress up accessories? Don’t worry – we have a few ideas for you!
1 - Sell the costumes. Make a little money from your old costumes by selling them at a local consignment store or on an online resale site. Even though Halloween has come and gone, people are frequently looking for costumes for other reasons.
2 - Create a dress up box for your kids to enjoy throughout the year. It is amazing the creative and imaginative play that takes place when little ones have dress up clothes to play with. Having extra dress up clothes can also come in very handy when special days at school show up on the calendar…now you will be ready for Storybook Parade Day, Alphabet Parade Day, 50’s Day, and more!
3 - Pass on favorite costumes that no longer fit to younger siblings or neighbors/friends so others can enjoy them!
4 - Check with your local church, schools, daycares….they often have dress up areas for the little ones and would gladly accept donations to add to their costume selections.
With these simple ideas, you no longer have to be spooked by all the Halloween excess and can keep on top of your organization!
Jen and Emily