Saturday, November 8, 2008

Making Christmas Memories with Halloween Candy

We have an abundance of leftover Halloween candy. I thought that since Halloween was on a Friday we would have a lot of trick-or-treaters. I was wrong. This is our leftover candy:

(This is just the top layer, there are 6 more inches underneath)

Earlier this week I had an inspiration. In a month we will be knee deep in Christmas decorations and traditions. One of our traditions is to make a gingerbread house. Every year we feel the stress of Christmas spending. Our tradition of building a gingerbread house begins with shelling out money for the ingredients.

This year I have eliminated that stress by going through our leftover Halloween candy and saving the items that are perfect for decorating a gingerbread house. The M&M's, Sweettarts, Now and Laters, and Skittles are all safely stored away for the day of gingerbread construction. Now the only ingredients that we need are assorted cereals and sprinkles which we will buy in limited quantities from the bulk section at WinCo.

Merry Halloween!


Just My Type said...

You are one smart cookie. We thought we'd have extra tricker-treaters too. We barely had any and we live in kid-tropolis. I think the high school games were sell outs.

PS. You could use the tootsie rolls for the log pile. And a peanut butter cup for a trampoline. I don't know what would work for an old truck up on blocks though. Good luck.

Stephanie said...

I thought about saving some behind for Christmas baking...BUT I have sneeky candy monsters in the house and the ENTIRE bag of candy was eaten by a hubby and one teenage boy. Ahh...such is life I guess. You can donate the candy too. You'd have to find a participating dentist and they will give you a dollar per pound of candy and then send the rest to the troops in Iraq. Nice huh?
Loving that you are blogging again by the way :)

Happy Campers said...

SO smart!@!!! What a fantastic idea :)

Sharon said...

Hi Amy,
I hope you are doing well. Saw the little pictures of how a baby develops. That is too cool.
Can't wait to meet our new little grandbaby. Love ya, Sharon

pb&j in a bowl said...

Good idea. I always just save whatever candy we don't eat and give it to the rude or non costume wearing trick or treaters the next year. Your idea is a lot nicer