What to do with leftover Halloween candy?iStock/Thinkstock
Last year, Denver mom of two Audrey Kinsman realized Halloween was becoming a problem for her younger son, 4, who has a serious food allergy and can’t eat most of the candy he collected trick-or-treating. (Find out which 7 allergy-friendly candies you can give out.) On a whim, Kinsman convinced her kids to forfeit their loot after keeping their five favorite pieces, because the “Switch Witch” was going to visit their house that night and swap their candy for a special toy. (Here are 12 non-candy Halloween treats to hand out so everyone can enjoy.) Kinsman’s kids were enthralled—“they came flying down the stairs the next morning and couldn’t wait to find out what happened with the Switch Witch”—she recalls. Thinking that other parents would also like this fun, magical way to purge Halloween candy, Kinsman transformed her made-up fairy tale into a new Halloween tradition called Switchcrafted. Her book, which comes with a Switch Witch doll (like The Elf on the Shelf), tells a whimsical story about witches who need candy to fuel their brooms and heat their homes. In chatting with Kinsman about the Switch Witch phenomenon, we also discovered many other creative things you can do with your leftover candy.
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Encourage wannabe Einsteins to conduct candy experiments: Parenting.com recommends the Incredible Growing Gummy Worm, which demonstrates how candy grows bigger when it absorbs water. (Check out these other 14 mind-blowing facts even adults don’t know about Halloween candy.) Learn all about density with Skittles in this Density Rainbow experiment, suggests KidsHealth.org. Build a Sweetie House and test which material makes the best “cement,” proposes Science-Sparks.com. Or Dissolve the “M” off an M&M in this fun idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons. For more, Google “science experiments with candy” to stimulate kids’ curious minds—not their sweet teeth.