Dodge the Dentist: Craft a Halloween Candy Dispenser

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I think my Halloween obsession has reached new heights; I just can’t say goodbye to October 31st this year. I guess it’s a holiday that has everything— decorations, crafts, costumes and candy!

I’ve been hearing of some pretty fabulous ways to tame the candy beasts that become your children at Halloween time. But I must say, I’ve never quite seen such an intricate (and clever) system as this one from It looks like so much fun—you punch out the glued-on tissue paper to reveal a treat; it’s like an advent calendar for the month of November. (And it reminds me of the punch game from The Price Is Right. Anyone else have a game show obsession?) It’s a great way to portion-control the sugar, and it gives your kids something to look forward to after dinner.

We want to know…do you have any clever tricks up your sleeves for doling out the Halloween sweets?

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  1. by Sarah

    On November 7, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Actually, most dentists recommend that the children eat all their candy at once and not drag it out over weeks. That way they are less likely to get cavities from sugar sitting on their teeth daily.
    We just let our kids go at it. The candy is usually gone in a few days and then I don’t have to listen to them pleading for just one more piece all day.
    My only rule is if they want some around meal time, they have to eat the meal first.

  2. by Ann

    On November 7, 2008 at 7:10 am

    The candy dispenser is a cute idea, but the first commenter is absolutely right. I am a dentist and it is not about how much candy you eat at once, but how often the teeth are exposed to the sugar. I always tell parents that you should let them have as much as they want for 2-3 days and then toss the rest. Be sure to have them brush well after they eat it of course, or at least rinse with some plain water after they eat a bunch of candy to dilute the sugar concentration.

  3. by Kathleen

    On November 7, 2008 at 9:03 am

    This year the Candy Fairy came and visited our house. My 3 year old put his candy out on the porch before bed and in the morning the candy fairy left him a toy!
    We got this great idea from:
    It was our first year doing this and it was WONDERFUL!!!! My son was so excited about his toy that didn’t even miss the candy!

  4. by Tracy

    On November 7, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I have crocheted (sp?) stockings hung on our fireplace mantle for the kids to open each day in December until the 25th for a small prize. Could be a piece of candy to their choice of dinner, game, etc… I am overly excited about making this candy dispenser game for a friend’s daughter to do for the month of December – what a great, and cheap, idea. Thanks!!!
    I think I will need to make an appt at the dentist to get the cups! lol

  5. by Andrea

    On November 7, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I give them a piece on the way to the park. They just get a little then they can run off the sugar with no worries of disrupting naps or bedtime.

  6. by Jennifer C

    On November 7, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I put half of it in bags and sent to work with my skinny husband. My girls are young and didn’t notice the difference.

  7. by AT

    On November 7, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    We also have the Halloween Fairy come visit to take away the candy and replace it with a toy. Although the main reason we do it is because my daughter (3.5) has food allergies and is allergic to nuts. Most of the candy is too dangerous to have in the house so we have the fairy (aka my husband) take the candy to someone (i.e. coworkers) who can enjoy the candy without risking a trip to the ER.

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    On December 26, 2011 at 12:21 am

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