When I was a kid, Halloween was one of my all-time favorite holidays. I would come home, dragging a pillow case full of sugary sweets behind me. My friends and I would start candy-swapping even before the plastic capes and pancake make up came off. And let me tell you, I'd trade just about anything for the coveted Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
But these days, I'm less inclined to promote a nougat-fueled binge. Like many parents, I am now focused on healthier living, and want to encourage my little one to make good choices of her own.
But how can you keep a kid from eating too much Halloween candy?
Today in CNN's Health section, some sneaky Mamas share their tricks for limiting their kid's treats. One Mama employs someone she calls the "Switch Witch." The "Switch Witch" arrives in the night and leaves behind toys in place of candy the children leave out for her. The more candy they leave for her, the bigger the toy she'll give.
Another Mama's approach is more direct: she buys the candy back from her kids. Her current rate of exchange is a nickel for every piece of candy the kids like and a dime for each piece they love.
Some might call it bribery, but it might just save you money on dental costs down the road. And employing a little creativity might lesson your fright when you here your kid's voices as they call out in unison: "Trick or Treat!"