by Lynn Siprelle
ike any good mama, you're probably worried about the candy avalanche that's going to hit your house on Halloween. How on earth are you going to keep the kids from eating themselves sick? More importantly, how are you going to snag that Hershey's Special Dark bite-size bar without the kids seeing you?
Have I got a scam--uh, I mean great idea--for you.
Meet the Halloween Fairy
When Josie was little, I read about a family where the Halloween Fairy visited. The kids would pick ten pieces of candy from their haul, and the rest would be placed on a table for the Halloween Fairy. When the children wake up, they find the Fairy has left a little giftie and the candy is gone! We adopted that idea for Josie's first trick or treat and have done it every year since.
Here is the story I tell my girls: The Halloween Fairy is a Banshee with a sweet tooth. You may think it's the wind you're hearing tonight, but it's really her, calling for you to share your candy, wailing and tapping at the windows! She doesn't mean any harm, she's just so hungry! Won't you please leave her a treat? She'll leave you a present in return.
I Get It--What Does the Fairy Leave?
Nothing big. We've left inexpensive Barbie clothes (hint: Thrift stores are OVERFLOWING with Barbie clothes in perfectly good shape), decks of cards, little games like a set of jacks, things like that. Dollar stores are good places to find things. We're not talking about elaborate stuff here, folks, just one little giftie per kid.
And What Exactly Do You Do with the Candy, Eh?
At our house, Mama is pre-diabetic, so she takes one or two pieces and reluctantly hands over the rest to Daddy. He takes it to work before the girls wake up and makes his office mates happy. The girls wake up and spend the rest of the day playing with the Halloween Fairy's gifts. A win-win-win situation.
© 2006 Lynn Siprelle