After Halloween, what is a family to do with all the candy?  Discovered some ideas perfect for character and academic training.

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Halloween Candy Tithe

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Gather your children around a bowl of the collected Halloween candy. Discuss how God asks us to give Him the first 10% of what we are given. God made everything and everything that we have has been given by God. Because God has given us so much, we want to give back to God. By giving back to God, we show God that we love Him and are thankful for what He has given us.

Because we want to give back to God first, have each child count their Halloween candy and put the first piece of every ten aside.

Discuss ways that your child can give the candy "back to God". It may be to give the candy to someone who was unable to trick-or-treat due to sickness. Call a local shelter and see if your children can take the candy to children there. I even read of churches who have a "Candy Tithe" the Sunday after Halloween.

Here are a few verses to read from the Bible about giving:
Act 20:35
2 Cor 9:7

Kindness jar

Kindness Jar

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Fill a jar with all of the candy. Label the jar with the words "Kindness Jar." Gather your child and explain that your family is going to help each other show kindness by using the "Kindness Jar."

Every time someone is "caught" being kind, he or she gets to take out a sweet treat from the jar. Encourage the kids to look for other family members being kind.

Tie this to a Bible story or use the following verses:
1 Corinthians 13:4
Galatians 5:22–23
Proverbs 19:17
Proverbs 12:25
Ephesians 4:32

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

Save the candy to make gingerbread houses the day after Thanksgiving.

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Send Candy to Soldiers

Some dentists pay children a $1 for every pound of candy they bring in. Then the candy will be shipped to servicemen overseas. More info...

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Freeze for Later

Place the little candy bars in the freezer and then when the family goes to a ballgame, etc. take a little bag of candy to have instead of going to the concession stand.  

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Academic Learning

Sort the candy by type, shape, or color.  

Practice counting or making groups of 5 or 10.

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Appreciation Gifts

I create bags of candy for the staff at local nursing homes (firehouse, police station, etc) with a thank you card.  Every time I’ve done this they are so happy to get it.   

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