Halloween can be a rough time for kids who can’t eat candy. (Possible reasons: food allergies, diabetes, etc.) Trick-or-treating is just so tempting, and it’s a bummer to go through the activity but not be able to eat the spoils. Missing out on trick-or-treating to avoid the temptation sounds even worse. Here’s one way to handle it: do a candy buyback.
Remember how fun it was to come home from trick-or-treating and show off the plunder? Well, a candy-free kid may not be able to eat it, but he could still have a good time. Parents can arrange a set price per piece of candy, or make it a math lesson by assigning different values to different types. The child could spend Halloween night counting his riches. The next day, he could spend the candy money on something fun.
I overheard this one day at a crosswalk in Washington, DC. I must admit that I followed the two conversationalists (dads) until I heard the whole tip. It’s a good one, and I hope it helps someone this year.
The tip is so quick and simple. I thought the post could use a little more. Here is History.com’s Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween. It’s a well-produced short about the history of the holiday. I believe it is totally school-appropriate. Enjoy!
You might enjoy these other Halloween posts at ClassAntics:
New Orleans Halloween: teach a Fall Festival lesson about the culture of New Orleans. Includes a FREE powerpoint of New Orleans cultural symbols and landmarks, book recommendations, and music tips.
A good way to organize a Halloween Party: learn how to create a party for your whole grade level by setting up a rotation. Each teacher need only prepare one activity.
Do any of your students opt out of celebrating Halloween or other holidays? Read how to accommodate that student in a pleasant way in the post Buddy Up to Help Students Who Don’t Celebrate Holidays or Birthdays.
Make it a theme day with Halloween Math Worksheets.