There’s one thing that I’m sure all our kids have in common and that’s a love for candy.  On October 31st they will go door to door to collect as much candy as possible. They will rush home to count it, sort it, trade it and eat it! Once the candy piles up, all parents are thinking the same thing “how do we keep this candy consumption under control?” I wrote this article to offer a few ideas about how to maintain the sugar intake at a manageable level through these creative ideas.

INSPECT AND ENJOY


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Many medical facilities are  offering families peace of mind by scanning candy. Participating locations at Patient First Neighborhood Medical Centers will scan your kids’ Halloween candy for free! Starting Oct. 27, bags of candy may be brought into any of the neighborhood medical center’s locations from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The offer expires Oct. 31.

While the X-ray is designed to detect things like glass, metal or plastic, parents are still encouraged to provide supervision since some foreign materials may not appear in the X-rays. Be sure to call your local medical center first before dropping in.  For more information read this article.


SWAP IT


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The basic idea is before going to bed Halloween night, kids leave their stash out for a magical tooth fairy, Great Pumpkin or Switch Witch to take and leave a gift in its place. This is a fun way to get rid of the candy, while still giving little ones something to look forward to the next day. It doesn’t have to be a toy or could be a book or money whatever you think your kid would like. You can really get creative with this idea their are tons of crafts on pinterest and even a book you can order and read called Switch Witch.

THE DISAPPEARING ACT


The idea here is to ration the amount of candy. When the kids go to bed sort through the candy and portion it out. Than they can pick a piece or two a day for a week or until it runs out. As far as the disappearing trick goes; I’m sure we all are guilty of taste testing our kids candy collection. I saw a cute idea last year where a few moms got together and had a wine tasting and candy pairing party.

DONATE YOUR CANDY


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If you have way more candy than your little ones need than a great option is to donate your candy. The following locations are places hosting events or drop offs in the Southern Maryland area. Your family can bring joy to others through a give-back or buy-back candy program that delivers the sweets to the troops over seas. Always call the site first to make sure that they are participating. For more information about the program visit Halloween Buy Back or Operation Gratitude.

Dental One Associates of Waldorf
3500 Old Washington Road, Suite 301
Waldorf, MD, 20601
Phone: Phone Number: (301) 645-4434

Pinefield Dental

2088 Crain Highway
Waldorf, MD, 20601
Phone: 301-870-8100
Email: contactus@pinefielddental.com
www.pinefielddental.com
Sequence Orthodontics
603 Post Road, Suite 109
Waldorf, MD, 20602
Phone: 301-242-9528
Email: omidrajaei@gmail.com
www.sequenceorthodontics.com/
Tender Care Dentistry
29795 Three Notch Rd
Charlotte Hall, MD, 20622
Phone: (301) 290-0001
Email: tendercaredentistry@gmail.com
www.tendercaredentistry.com
Smile Castle Pediatric Dentistry (Recommended Drop Off)
23076 Three Notch Rd #203,
California, MD 20619
Phone: (240) 349-5000
Details: Wednesday 11/1-11-7 drop off candy trade $1 per 1lb
www.smilecastle.com
North Beach Dental Care
9120 Chesapeake Ave. Ste. 301
North Beach, MD, 20714
Phone: (443) 550-8115
Email: northbeachdentalcare@gmail.com
www.northbeachdentist.com
Gentle Family Dentistry, LLC
3150 West Ward Road, Suite 304
Dunkirk, MD, 20754
Phone: 410-257-2424
Email: gfd.dana@gmail.com
www.dunkirkdental.com
Koterwas Orthodontics
995 N. Prince Frederick Blvd, Suite 102
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678
Phone: 410-414-5588
Email: koterwasortho.promotions@gmail.com
www.drkoterwas.com
Lexington Park Dentistry
21875 Three Notch Road
Lexington Park, MD, 20653
Phone: 301-863-7077
Email: jessica@finedentistry.info
www.lexingtonparkdentist.com/
Koterwas Orthodontics
16034 Three Notch Road
California, MD, 20619
Phone: (301) 863-7424
Email: koterwasortho.promotions@gmail.com
www.drkoterwas.com

BAKE WITH IT


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With all the leftover candy it’s time to get creative and make something tasty in the kitchen. I’m a huge fan of baking cookies and making hot chocolate with leftover treats. A taste of home has a great article that offers a plethora of Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes.