(Our jack-o-lanterns since real pumpkins don't last in an apartment)
I was shocked. I had no idea that loads of parents out there either traded their kids candy for a present (the "Switch Witch", kinda like the Tooth Fairy) or simply threw out most of the candy. Like Christopher, I find this a shocking and disgustingly wasteful practice. ALL THAT PLASTIC... in the landfill.
I am not really a fan of Christopher's suggestion of moving away from Trick or Treating though... mostly for selfish reasons- I just love it so much! My ideal wish would be that we would move towards giving more environmentally sustainable and homemade treats... but I'm realistic: most of us are too paranoid about urban legends of needles and poison for this to happen.
Instead, I think it would be a fantastic option to get children involved in donating some of their candy. Donating allows children the opportunity to start thinking about privilege, how to give back to their community and the importance of a society that helps each other. It also allows you the opportunity to chat about local organizations that may need their help, which gives them the knowledge and power to choose for themselves which organization they'd like to support.
Some options in Halifax for donating candy:
1. Feed Nova Scotia: They have confirmed that they most certainly take candy donations. They accept donations at their office or at local drop off boxes at Sobeys and Superstores.
2. Women's Transition Houses: Bryony House accepts donations on Thursdays between 1-3pm. I think it may be a nice gesture for those children who may not have had the opportunity to go out trick or treating this year.
3. Local Hospitals: Sometimes the children's wards may accept candy donations. Unfortunately the IWK in Halifax does not.
4. Local Food Banks
Do you have ideas on where parents could donate Halloween candy? Please share in the comments!