Children receive a ton of candy at Halloween. Natural, organic versions of candy would be better, but still a lot of sugar is a lot of sugar. We all know that sugar is not healthy and can be addictive. Many candy manufacturers use GMO-derived ingredients from GMO corn and soy, as well as artificial flavours and colours. They also use a ton of un-natural chemicals - BOO! But it’s hard to refuse children when their friends are having fun trick-or-treating. Here’s a good way to keep your children from gorging themselves on a bag full of unhealthy, refined sugar, bad (and GMO-laced) candy. Some parents already call upon a Sugar Sprite or Switch Witch at Halloween to exchange candy for toys, books, or movies, here’s my version:
Among all the supernatural beings of the North Pole, there exists a Sugar Fairy (or Sugar Plum Fairy, or Treats Fairy, or Candy Fairy). It is the Sugar Fairy’s job to create the sweetest Christmas treats, the candy cane. She also creates a lot of the other sweet treats of the holidays, such as Christmas cookies. But she is mainly known for her power to transform, or ‘recycle’, sugar into anything a child wants. But how does she do this?
The Sugar Fairy decided that children get so much candy at Halloween and that having that much sugar was not good for them, even once a year. So she decided that she could recycle all that candy into Christmas treats, like a candy cane or Christmas cookie, as well as magically into toys and other gifts. She could also transform it into food and help for other children around the globe.
So the Sugar Fairy sends out a letter to all the parents of the world: After Halloween is over, they should place any candy into a special bowl before they go to bed. The next morning the Sugar Fairy will leave a note, money, gift card, etc in exchange for the candy that had been in the bowl. Sometimes the Sugar Fairy might leave "Goodie Points" to go toward a special item or trip. (A note would instruct the parent to purchase a specific toy, movie, or book; or indicate the number of "Goodie Points" earned)
When Christmas comes, the Sugar Fairy will ride with Santa to distribute candy canes and other Christmas treats. But sometimes, she is so thankful she will leave goodies and little gifts for days before Christmas. When Christmas arrives, an occasional organic candy cane or cookie might be okay. Christmas cookies can be made with organic, unrefined ingredients. They can also contain dried fruit and nuts.