All parents can understand the uncertainty when it comes to what happens with the candy their kids bring home Halloween eve. From hoarding to gobbling, there are several ways your kids will put their Halloween bounty to use.
Let’s look at different candy philosophies shared by trick-or-treaters and their parents.
All kids will likely dig into their stash the moment they return from trick-or-treating. Some will organize different types (chocolate, hard candies, fruit-flavored, etc.) neatly in a container such as a muffin pan and some not so much. But how they handle the candy after that first night can be categorized in one of five ways.
Hoarder: These kids will separate their candy into types, then store them in a secret spot. They’ll pace themselves with these sweets, allowing a treat or two a day. They’re unlikely to share though would be happy to trade a less-liked candy for something they really love. Their candy will last months.
Sharer: These are the kids that you want around if you love candy as they are happy to share their stash. They may or may not organize it neatly, but will generously give from their collection to friends and family as they get more joy from sharing than they would the candy itself.
Trader: The ultimate in childhood negotiation, Halloween candy trading is a great way to unload what isn’t liked in exchange for what is. The first step for these kids is making piles of “keeps,” “don’t keep” and “maybes.” When the other traders have similar piles, the deal-making begins.
Donator: With the growing number of dentists and school programs doing “candy buy-backs” it makes sense to most kids to at least donate the candies they don’t enjoy. If the candy can be traded in for money or if a school class is rewarded for having the most donations, the incentive to donate any candy may become greater than the incentive to keep. These kids will still enjoy some of their haul, but sacrifice a more permanent stash by donating it to a worthy cause.
Gobbler: Limits may need to be set with this kid as he or she is intent on eating as much as possible that first night. Organizing may fall by the wayside and gobblers are less likely to share their candy, even by way of trading or donating. Kids may hoard a favorite candy and be willing to share, trade or donate others. Gobbling does have the advantage of keeping the candy craze short-lived.