Halloween hangover: What to do with the leftovers?

There’s nothing quite like the Halloween hangover. For kids, it’s a yearly sugar crash. For adults, it can be equally taxing. For starters, you now have enough candy to satisfy the caloric intake of a herd of elephants for a year.

Sure, you try to be disciplined – for yourself and your kids (if you have them). But more often than not you end up eating more than you should.

We turned to one of the greatest resources of all – the internet – for some next-day ideas.

Have you heard of the “Switch Witch?” This bold idea, as recommended via USA Today,  suggests kids swap out their candy to the “switch-witch” who in return gives gifts that aren’t packed with sugar.

Keep your kids from consuming too much sugar by having them leave their candy for the “Switch Witch” in an exchange for a special gift.

The Switch Witch is a twist on the Elf on the Shelf, mixed with a little Tooth Fairy magic. The idea, crafted by parents, follows the legend of the friendly “Switch Witch,” who visits with family the days leading up to Halloween. Then, on Halloween night, the witch takes the candy and leaves something better behind— and, you know, something a little healthier.

Not interested in giving it away? You could open the wrappers, once piece at a time, and nibble. Or you can create some stellar concoctions. There are plenty of great recipe ideas out there. We rounded up a few:

  • This piece from the Chattanooga Times Free Press suggests some candy-coated apple slices with assorted candies attached or brownie cookies with Snickers in the middle.
  • The Spokesman-Review offers up what they call “hot mess” Halloween cookies. As you’d expect, it’s a hodgepodge of some candy all mixed and melted together into delectable cookies.
  • Fox 8 in Cleveland has some suggestions.
  • The Manchester Times turned to one of their local bakers for suggestions. Peanut butter lasagna anyone?

If you truly are committed to taking a break from the all of the candy – and we tip our cap if you are – then the Columbus Dispatch also has some really good recommendations of what you can do with the leftovers.

One of their ideas includes the “pass-the buck” method and dumping them on your co-workers.

A tried and true classic. It’s likely you won’t be the only person in your office bringing in leftovers a few days after Halloween, but there’s a good chance you have coworkers without kids who may not be as tired of treats as parents.

The Chef Works blog also provided you with a recipe that – hopefully – some of you enjoyed last night. But remember, it’s good year round!




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