Fun family activities to do with that leftover Halloween candy
By Aimee Heckel
They want to. But your kids really can’t eat all that candy. At least they shouldn’t. Your dentist would be so very disappointed.
Before you steal it all yourself (and justify it by thinking if you don’t eat it, they will), here are some fun family activities to do with all that leftover Halloween candy.
1. Build a gingerbread out out of it. Get a head start on Christmas decor. Pick up a box of graham crackers and a tin of frosting to glue it all together. Or build an elaborate house out of cardboard and hot glue, and glue the candy decor to it (this will result in much less snacking that could cause foundational collapse of the structure).
Feeling traditional? Make real homemade gingerbread to decorate. Here’s a gingerbread recipe, complete with house patterns, to follow.
2. Make a candy wreath to hang on your front door. Pick up a round wire wreath at a craft store and attach the pieces of candy to the wreath with thread, wire or a glue gun. Lacking enough candy to fill the full wreath, or lacking in crafty skills? Pick up a premade wreath, like this simple holiday wreath at Macy’s, and accent it with choice colors of candies.
3. Bake with it. You’d be surprised how many goodies you can make with leftover candy. Eat a few, then wrap up the rest to give to Grandma or the neighbors to wish them a happy fall.
Here are 20 fun recipes to make with leftover Halloween candy, compiled courtesy of the blog Two Kids and a Coupon.
Our favorite easy idea for younger kids: Halloween candy people (no baking required). Our favorite oven-required idea: Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Cookies with Hershey’s Kisses. But this recipe is still super simple. Cake mix cookies require only three ingredients: a box of cake mix, vegetable oil and eggs.
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