Tips to Manage Treat Overload!

Are you wondering what to do with all of that leftover Halloween candy? If your kids have already fished out their favorites and sampled their not-so-favorites, and you’re ready to be done with the sugar-induced craziness, I have two ideas for you!

1 – Invite the Halloween Fairy!
I was recently introduced to the idea of the Halloween Fairy, a lovely gal who apparently arrives a week or so after Halloween to gather up any uneaten candy and leave a toy in return! A new DVD, a Leapster game, an iTunes gift card, a Barbie, whatever the little ghosts and goblins in your house deem worthy of their sugar stash. I love this idea; I’m hoping she visits OUR house!  As for what the Halloween Fairy might DO with all that candy…

2 – Send your treats to our troops via Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude collects extra Halloween candy to be used in care packages for our troops. You simply ship a box of your candy to the following address:

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Charlie Othold:  818.437.6201

You can get more information by emailing

So…enjoy your favorite Halloween treats and then share the wealth. You can feel good knowing that you’ve done something sweet for yourself, your kids, and our troops. 

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