Let’s talk about Beggar’s Night!
Every year thousands of kids trick or treat, door to door and receive TONS of candy. I thought I would share a couple of different trends that are going on this year and you should participate to spread the word!
1. Susie Switch
Susie Switch is a witch that will come to your home on the evening of Beggars Night. Each child should pick out a few pieces of candy, they would like to keep for themselves. They will then set out the rest of the candy for Susie Switch. Susie Switch will come and take it to feed to her bats and leave another small gift for your child.
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, which is where I learned about Susie! I think this an awesome idea. We always get stuck with so much candy and I usually end up throwing away half of it. Also, Monte is at the age where he WANTS candy and he knows what it is. With all the events we attend during Halloween and all the candy we collect, do we really need MORE?!
We will be printing this poem, explaining Susie Switch, framing it, and placing it out every year. It will become a great tradition!
Susie Switch is a great alternative to get rid of the extra, sugary candy and give your child something else they may enjoy more!
2. Operation Gratitude: Candy for the Troops!
Take all your candy and donate it to the troops! Operation Gratitude offers all the shipping information, do’s and don’ts of donating candy to the troops. What an awesome way to support our troops! Make sure you do so by November 15th at the latest!
3. Dentist Buy Back
Call your dentist and see if they offering to buy back your candy! This has been done years before by several dentists. Some dentists even offer new toothbrushes in exchange!
4. The Teal Pumpkin Project
This is a great idea! There are a lot of children who cannot trick or treat or cannot enjoy it very much due to food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project was created by the FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education Blog. If you are a home that will be passing out non-food treats, purchase a pumpkin, paint it teal, and place it on your doorstep. The teal pumpkin will let children and families know that you have something to give them, that is safe for them. Not only is this great for children with food allergies, but this is also another great way to cut back the sugar children receive this year.