Post-Halloween Candy and the Sugarplum Fairy
I’d estimate I fall in the *moderate* range when it comes to parenting and food obsession.
I try to buy local and from farms and companies that follow organic growing methods even if they don’t carry the actual certification.
Related, I like to know where my food comes from.
Also, the Asthma Mom family eats meat and dairy but doesn’t follow a heavy meatcentric diet, and I tend to buy whole foods and grains – with some exceptions – rather than processed/packaged stuff and items heavy on the white flour and sugar.
On the other hand:
We’re not macrobiotic, vegan, vegetarian, or raw food enthusiasts.
We have been known to enjoy fast food on occasion.
We will resort to the frozen food section or pizza delivery on particularly busy nights, when everyone’s too tired and hungry to wait for anything else.
In short, we’re just your typical 21st century family trying to eat healthy and on a budget while enjoying our food.
Which is why the girls trick-or-treat on Halloween and why we follow the Sugarplum Fairy tradition.
Ever heard of the Sugarplum Fairy?
She’s sort of like those dentists and toy stores that pay kids or give store credit to give up some of their candy, only much cooler.
On Halloween night, or really any night after Halloween that fits your schedule, kids choose some of their trick-or-treat candy to place by the front door and keep the rest. In my house, the proportions work out like this:
1/3 = Keep 2/3 = Front Door
The Sugarplum Fairy comes in the middle of the night, takes the candy, and leaves a small surprise in return.
Some years, she left costume jewelry or books or a new DVD for the girls to share. During others, she left a few dollars for each one. In any case, the result is that my kids willingly gave up some of their Halloween candy each fall because who doesn’t like surprises?
Another mom taught me this trick when the girls were younger, and it works so beautifully, you won’t believe it. Even with AG, who’s old enough to know the truth, we still do a cash-for-stash deal every year.
It’s two days after Halloween, but it’s not too late for the Sugarplum Fairy to come to your house, too, if you want.