I was a trick or treater decades before I became a nutritionist and my loyalty is squarely in the candy gathering camp. I love everything about Halloween. Halloween is reverentially observed in our house. My kids take great pride in decorating the outside of our house and they spend weeks planning their costumes and making pilgrimages to Party City. When we trick or treat they all know my favorite candy (Butterfinger) and my heart melts when they willingly share.
It may surprise you to know that on Halloween I have no candy rules. I let my kids eat as much candy as they desire even though I know first hand the dangers of candy. I recently broke my tooth on a candy apple and a few years ago I severed my thumb in a peanut brittle related accident. Both incidents involved costly medical intervention as well as a good deal of pain. And still my ardor for candy has not cooled. The problem Halloween presents, is not so much the actual day but what do you do with the left over candy in the days that follow.
I have a unique solution for the post Halloween candy. I know you could bring the candy to work and fatten up your colleagues or you could donate the candy to soldiers or one client told me of dentists who actually buy the candy back from their patients. In the Berg house we do none of these things. Instead, the day after Halloween when the kids ask for breakfast I dump their candy bags on the dining room table and tell them to help themselves. I repeat this ritual for the following lunch and dinner. By the next day, my kids are begging for real food. This signals the end of Halloween for us until next year.
If you live in our neighborhood, be sure to stop by on Halloween night. We have plenty of candy!