Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love costumes and pumpkin carving and decorating everything in orange and black with lots and lots of happy stripes.
At our house the focus is on the silly and not the frightening. Over the years, my kids have come to really love and look forward to this holiday, too.
While Halloween is one of the few times a year that we do allow candy at our house, we don’t want our kids to go overboard with excessive consumption of it either. One great solution that limits the amount of candy, but holds the magic of the holiday, is a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Sugar Plum Fairy
When our little trick or treaters come home, we have the kids pick out some of their candy to eat and the rest we leave out for the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Fairy comes during the night, takes our candy (she brings it back to Sugar Plum Land where they use candy to build their cottages, but some say she takes her share into my husband’s office to share with his co-workers) and leaves something fun, like a small toy, holiday movie dvd, art supplies, or a craft kit, in exchange.
Sometimes she refills their Halloween pails with tattoos, stickers, and play dough or other fun trinkets like that. Sometimes she also leaves the children those cool toothbrushes that spin, which you can decorate yourself with stickers (but the Sugar Plum Fairy will be the first to admit that not every child will go for that idea).
We leave it up to the kids if they would like to exchange their candy, but so far we haven’t had anyone decline a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy.
For another take on this idea, visit The Magic Onion’s blog to read about The Legend of the Pumpkin Fairy.
Does your family have any Halloween traditions?