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Tax-man: Candy style

So this Halloween we were sitting around the table eating dinner when my 9 year daughter and her friend ask who is taking them trick or treating. My husband says that the daddy’s are (my husband and our friend). HOWEVER, there would be a tax on the candy.

This actually turned into a good ‘tax’ lesson as we explained that we would need a percentage of the candy they got as their tax for taking them. They thought of every excuse in the book down to kicking and screaming. We told them it didn’t work for us around April 15th, wouldn’t work for them.

They said they just weren’t going to pay the tax. We told them if they didn’t pay then they would have to pay their share PLUS penalties and interest.

They tried negotiating! We said sorry, the tax limit was set by the Halloween administration that was in effect last year.

Finally my daughter turns to her friend and says “Here’s the plan. We collect a million pieces of candy. I heard there are tax breaks for millionaires.”

LOL- At least I know she listening to all the political talk….

10 uses for Halloween Candy

Every year I feel like we get WAY more candy than we should have.  This year was no exception. We had leftover candy from our own stash and then my 2 girls brought way more in.  Lucky for me, my daughters school collects all the extra candy and donates to Operation Gratitude, but I never thought about telling others about it until I saw someone post on facebook that they were going to THROW away all the candy they didn’t want their kids to eat. I posted on my facebook about the collection and the response was overwhelming.

I started to think about other uses for leftover candy and I came up with these:

1. Use for baking- find creative and useful ways to add to cookies.

2. With the Holiday season approaching save the candy for a Gingerbread House.

3. Donate the candy to Operation Gratitude,  charity that will help send candy to overseas soldiers in their care packages.

4. Take to work and share among friends.

5. Make a candy wreath or candy lei and give to someone to brighten their day.

6. Donate to a local shelter or children’s hospital

7. Ask your dentist if they do a “buy back” program where they will exchange candy for toothbrushes, etc. Our local dentist offers a Buy Back program on the Monday after Halloween.

8. If you have an upcoming birthday or holiday party you can save ALL the candy for a pinata. We all know how expensive the candy alone is….

9. Share your candy. At our school there was a stomach virus going around that prohibited several kids from trick or treating. We thought it would be a good idea to share our candy with them. We made little Halloween treat bags (on clearance the day AFTER Halloween) and added lots of candy. We delivered to them so they could have a treat as well.

10. You can save lots of it by freezing it. You can use this to ration to the kids or instead of them having a cookie or other dessert, I give them 1 piece of candy.

Email me at if you can think of any other ideas.

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