It started the minute we got home from trick-or-treating. Bags were upended, candy was counted, and costumed children became giddy as they inspected their haul. It had been an incredibly successful night considering not too many of our neighbors had porch lights on and buckets of goods to unload on our little beggars. In fact, it was our plan to stay local since we knew there weren't a lot of houses with candy-giving types. Yet, the bags were still completely full by the time we got home.
While all that free stuff was certainly good for a thrill, when it came time to chow down, my toddler suddenly lost interest. Our offer of two pieces of candy tonight, more tomorrow went unaccepted as he licked one mini-Snickers and put it down into his father's hands. This is when we remembered that our toddler is so incredibly picky that he doesn't even like candy.
What the heck were we thinking? And where is all of that candy going to go now, if not down his gullet?
Some parents may look upon their child's rejection of candy as a win for mom and dad. But I can't eat gluten, which means I can't eat a ton of that delicious candy, and my husband is trying to avoid the sugar. So it's really just a massive waste. Which makes me say again, "What were we thinking?!" We knew the candy situation would be out of hand, even if he only had 10 pieces of fun-sized candy bars. Somewhere deep in there, we both knew as he yelled, "Trick or treat!" with glee that he was just taking candy that would wind up in the trash. What's a reduce, reuse, recycle type of family to do?
It's not like there are charities in our neighborhood that take unwanted Halloween candy. Nobody wants that much candy. NOBODY. Even though I scoffed at the lady giving out raisins last night, I'm realizing she was right and I was wrong. Very, very wrong. If someone had been giving out children's Tylenol, that would have made more sense in our house. Or glow sticks, or cheese and crackers. Yes, we would all make fun of those people too (and wonder what kind of poison was in the children's Tylenol), but Halloween candy gets useless and fast. Especially when your toddler has zero interest in a tiny Kit Kat.
So while I would never want to deny my kiddo the right to dress up and beg for candy, I think I need to have a plan in place for next year that doesn't end with us tossing a lot of food into the garbage. Maybe he just waves to the candy people and smiles.
Do you feel guilty about tossing Halloween candy?