1. Sort itTo start, sort through the candy and only keep the ones your child and/or family actually like and would eat.
2. Give it away
Donate candy no one likes, or ones you got way too many of (suckers, rockets and tootsie rolls in our house) to the food shelter. If your child is home fairly early, you can even recycle the no-keepers to the trick or treaters still coming to your house. You can also contact organizations that send care-packages to our troops overseas. Try Military Christian Fellowship.3. Save it
Stash your keepers to use for treats for the next few months. Anytime you have a special occasion or need a treat, you'll have some on hand. Most candy will keep for a long time, and you can freeze some too. Then you can take it out as needed to add when baking cakes or cookies or adding as extra treats to ice cream or milk shakes.
4. Re-use itUse the mini bags of M&Ms or Smarties to your homemade trail mix. Just add it to your favourite cereals, pretzels, dried fruit and nuts.
5. Make an advent calendarWhy not use some of the treats as the prize in an advent calendar? There are lots of fun ideas for homemade advent calendars, like this one using paper bags and clothespins.
6. Buy it
If your concern is having your child eat it period, regardless how long it takes and you just want it out of the house, try offering your child a buy-out. How this works is you offer to pay your child a certain amount either per candy or per pound of candy. They can then use that money on something special they would like. Or trade the candy in for coupons to different activities they enjoy, like a trip to the movie theatre, or science centre or any other fun activity.7. Turn it into a science experiment
Check out science20.com for some fun science experiments using Halloween candy.
8. Use it for holiday decorationsSave some select candy to use for decorating your gingerbread house, or making fun Christmas wreaths or Christmas crackers!
If you have an upcoming birthday party, use some of the candy to stuff a pinata or as part of the guest's goodie bags.
10. Make a care packageHave a grandparent or other relative your child doesn't get to see very often? Why not help them wrap some candy up in a care package and send it?