the Halloween Fairy

• 05 November 2008

It's all about the Halloween Fairy this year at our house. Yes, the one who comes after Halloween to carry away your child's candy and in return leaves a fun prize/treasure/gift for the child. It's brilliant (oh thank you kind person who shared this with me last year--whoever you are!) and this year it went well so I think we'll continue the tradition next year.


This is how it went down:

A couple of days after Halloween and much binging and enjoyment, I mentioned that the Halloween Fairy was coming Monday night and that she would leave a treat for them in exchange for their candy. I told them it was their choice and they didn't have to do it unless they wanted to (I felt it was important they choose for themselves); though admittedly I was so happy the answer was "yes". What I like about this tradition is that the kids enjoy Halloween, Trick or Treating, eating lots of candy, the whole shabang. Then, after a few days (maybe a week would work better next time) they have the opportunity to trade it for something that won't incur multiple cavities.

Moving on...so bags were left on the porch, a note was left, and then in the morning a prize awaited inside the bags. Boy, the Halloween Fairy had a difficult time choosing what to pick up. Pictured in this post are the three things she considered for my oldest daughter :) A difficult decision indeed. Since when has PBK become so adorable? Two of the three could almost be Etsy purchases if you didn't know better!

15 comments:

K and/or K said...

I love this idea! I'm filinf it in my "creative parenting tips" for when our daughter arrives.
(I would have assumed etsy too.)

Petit Elefant said...

I am so doing this next year. I've been having a hard time with the AMOUNT of candy we got this year. Too much!

LobotoME said...

Love this idea - I am so doing this next year too!

xo, jenny

lynne said...

I suggested the halloween fairy to my kids this year and they looked at me like i was crazy, sadly! "maybe next year" they muttered.

i love those pbk things. i'm thinking about the mousie one for my almost 2 year old's bday...

Heidi said...

Great idea.......thanks for sharing. I always learn so much from your fabulous blog - Thank You!!

Kim said...

What a great idea, Steph! Thanks! I'll have to keep that one in mind for next year.

Lauren said...

What a fabulous idea! I like that you let the kids decide if they wanted to trade in their candy or keep it.

ps My girls have those piggy banks and love them.

Georgia said...

So which one did you choose????? The one on the right reminds me of a cute little house one of you girls had, along with little furniture and some creatures who occupied it.

Kris said...

I'll take the one on the left for myself, thank you!

Wami said...

That's a good idea! I want to try it next year!

Marilou said...

Great idea! My kids are all too old for that now. Shucks!

Jules said...

I think that was Reb that did that last year. Brilliant. I am currently watching 7 children 7 and under (only three are mine) for 11 days. Do you think their parents would be mad if I did this to them? They have a ridiculous amount of candy.

cowgirl in wellies said...

Love the pbk stuff. What is pbk?

stephmodo said...

Pottery Barn Kids :)

Julie said...

I love you idea and five days after Halloween I convinced 3 sugar addicted children to agree to leave their hard earbed candy on the porch! And even more shocking was the fact that they loved their Dollar Store toys and have not brought up the missing candy once, except to ask ALL their friends what they got from the Candt Fairy!

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