If you find yourself with more sweets than you can eat, don't worry! There are plenty of things you can do with it. Here are five ideas:
CALL THE SWITCH WITCH
The Switch Witch is a newer Halloween tradition that involves kids trading in sweets for gifts.
To call the Switch Witch, have your child place their treats they don't want into a bag and leave it in a specific spot that night. When the child is sleeping, trade out the bag of treats for something they'd like to have instead.
It's important to make it something your kids WANT to do. If there is a huge haul of sweets, select several pieces to enjoy and trade the rest with the Switch Witch.
DONATE TO CHARITIES
If there are way too many treats, there are several charities that are open to donations – but please reach out and contact them first.
USE FOR BAKING
There are many recipes that incorporate leftover Halloween sweets. You can also add some sweets to brownie or fudge recipes. Chocolate treats are more versatile than sour/fruity ones in baking, but don't count them out just yet!
Here’s where your colourful sweets shine! Use for roof shingles, Christmas lights, brickwork, and decorations. Licorice makes a great outlining tool for windows, doors, and pathways, while tiny sweets work as gravel. Create trees and bushes with taffy and gumdrops, or reindeer and bears with some snack-sized bars.
GOOD FOR SIX MONTHS
Many Halloween sweets are good for six months, so it's not a bad idea to store it away – it doesn’t all have to be eaten by November 2. Sweets that aren't in wrapping can be repurposed for Christmas Stockings or Valentine’s Day treats.
Store any sweets in a cool, dry place and keep them away from direct sunlight and heat. If you're storing them for an extended period of time, consider storing it in the freezer.