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Scary Halloween Leftovers

Diet and nutrition and weight management – I hope you were strong.  I hope  you didn’t let the diabolical marketers who put the Halloween candy out in July or August entice you into buying it, seeing it around the house, and then eating it so you were forced to buy it again.  Personally, I think there should be a law that stores cannot put Halloween candy displays out before September 15th (or later).  Write your representative.

But the day is here, and in theory, adorable tots should be showing up at your door to remove all the calorie-laden goodness and take it home to ruin their dinners for many nights to come.  But if you’re like me, and you live on a major street in a safe, kid-friendly neighborhood, you’ve laid in enough candy to decorate every witch’s house from here to Düsseldorf, and that means you’re going to have leftovers.  So unless you want to fit into that Santa suit without padding by Christmas, it’s time to get creative.

The simplest solution is to avoid leftovers in the first place by becoming increasingly generous as the evening wears on.  If you’re giving out one or two pieces of candy early in the evening, and you can see that you’re going to have more candy than you need, start passing out double portions.  The older kids tend to be the ones out well after dark, so it actually makes sense to hand out more candy per trick-or-treater at 8:00 than you did at 6:45.  If you play your cards right, you can empty your candy bucket and turn your lights out when the traffic dies (around here, that’s between 9:00 and 9:20).

If November 1st still dawns with pounds of sugary bliss left in your living room, start looking for places to give it away.  A lot of schools and churches have leftover candy drives.  Take it your next meeting.   Take it to the police or fire station.  Do not take it to work, as it will sit in a bowl on your desk and you’ll still eat most of it.  Look for places to take it so that other people will eat it.

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