You've been pilfering from the trick-or-treat stash all month long. This week your kids are going to come home with bucketfuls of candy. This candy binge has to end! Or does it? Fortunately, there are dozens of things you can do with leftover candy to make sure not a single sweet treat goes to waste.
It's the only time of year that we encourage our kids to scream in the night, befriend strangers -- and even accept candy from them. It's that magical, cold, rainy school night that only gets better as the years pass. The look of fatigue, crabbiness and general consternation of the toddlers becomes a fond memory.
Halloween trick or treating is many things: a tradition of American childhood, a chance for kids and adults alike to express their creativity, a day when it's OK for everyone to eat candy. Here's something else it's inadvertently become: a measure of how far apart many Americans now live from their neighbors -- and as such, a proxy for community.
If your children eat candy, make sure it's under a controlled environment. Have drinking water available to them (to buffer the huge hit of acids that ensue within minutes of candy consumption) and a toothbrush nearby (for the mandatory tooth brushing session within 20 minutes of the candy consumption).