The Great Pumpkin is the perfect way to get rid of all that candy once and for all without your kids protesting their little hearts out and having the whole ordeal end in tears. I was a bit nervous implementing it in our family, but it turned out incredibly awesome. When we told Little Guy about it he was all for it. We told him he had a choice and it just so happens that he was more excited about the mysterious Great Pumpkin than he was about his bucket full of goodies. I am happy to report that we are now candy free and happy again!
Here is how we did it.
First, we wrote a note to the Great Pumpkin:
Next we placed the candy and the note outside of Little Guy's bedroom door. We told Little Guy that the Great Pumpkin would come while he was sleeping and trade his candy for a fun toy:
Finally, once Little Guy was sawing logs we put all of his candy in a bag and replaced it with a fun toy for him to share with Tiny Man (since we donated Tiny's candy as well). We also left him a note from the Great Pumpkin thanking Little Guy for all the candy he collected this year and telling him to enjoy his new toy.
Both Little and Tiny played with the thing all. day. long. That is not an exaggeration people. Little Guy even brought it in the car when we went places:
I'm curious, what do you do as a family to deal with the plethora of after-Halloween-treats?
*Side-note: I love Natalie and got to know her via email when she lost her little boy Gavin. It was just two months after our experience with Michael and the wounds were still fresh. She was a great example to me (still is) and the reason my mom, Jer and I went and got our booster shots before having Tiny Man. Read up on it and got get vaccinated yourself! It saves lives.