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How the Halloween Fairy can save you from yourself!

It’s the day after trick-or-treating and the kitchen counter is overflowing with candy. It smells good. It looks good. It calls to you at night. How will you rid your house of the temptation? You certainly aren’t going to let the kids eat all of it, so what are you going to do?Hide it? (and eat it yourself)Ration it? (and eat it yourself)Take it to work? (and eat it yourself)

No! Schedule a visit from the Halloween Fairy!

The Halloween Fairy is a lesser-known cousin of the Tooth Fairy. She arrives, when invited, after Halloween to magically turn excess candy into special gifts for good children (and maybe even adults.)

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each child is given a quart-sized zippered plastic bag and may choose candy to keep. This is a great time to talk about which candies are just sugar and aren’t very tasty and which they really enjoy. Encourage the children to choose only the candy they truly enjoy. (You might want to make a bag too)
  2. Put the bags of selected candy away, out of sight, to reduce the temptation. Children may ask for a treat when it is appropriate. Treating yourself is okay, but limit to once per day.
  3. Put the rest of the candy in a large bowl in the center of the kitchen table (or other convenient location)
  4. Overnight the Halloween Fairy changes the candy into small gift such as:
Fun new toothbrush
Fun Flossers
Healthy snacks
Puzzles
Books
Temporary Tattoos
Active games or toys (jump ropes, balls, etc.)
Stickers, crayons, or other craft supplies
Older kids/adults might enjoy:
Videos or DVDs
I-Tunes certificates
Jewelry
Hair decorations
5. The Halloween Fairy makes the candy disappear with your help (make sure to dispose of it where the children won’t see — and definitely don’t
bring it to work!)

Remove the temptation and have a little fun at the same time!

Eliz Greene

Eliz Greene works busy people to improve heart health, so they can work well, feel better, and stress less.

She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after wellness & stress management speaker.

If you are planning a women’s wellness program, workplace wellness program or programs for healthcare professionals check out EmbraceYourHeart.com to see if Eliz would be a good fit with your organization.

 

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About Eliz Greene

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins. Her down-to-earth strategies to manage stress and improve heart health and reduce stress are used by thousands of busy people all over the world. She is a motivational wellness speaker, author, and job stress researcher. Visit elizgreene.com to book Eliz for your next event.

4 Responses to “Take Charge of Halloween Temptation”

  • I love the Halloween Fairy idea. Though since I love Halloween and candy so much myself, I’d steer more towards the toys, books and even movies and away from toothpaste and dental floss (they just don’t scream fun to me).

    Also, some people have suggested giving out toys instead of candy. My husband and I did these with some comic books one year (we got them free) and the kids loved it!

  • Hi! These are some great ideas. Thanks for sharing. : ) This halloween my husband and I decided that we were going to give out chocolate milk. Hershey’s and Organic Valley make these great shelf stable self serve cartons. I got some coupons from http://budurl.com/TWCO. I’m excited to see how this goes over with the kids this year!

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