As much as we can try to avoid it, candy is a part of Halloween. Trick-or-Treating will always remain one of my most favorite childhood memories (especially the house that gave out cans of Dr. Pepper because we weren’t often allowed to drink soda). Trick-or-Treating is ingrained in our American culture, who doesn’t count Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin as a part of their childhood? And be honest, you still love to watch it as an adult. I know I do.
While I do believe sugar and candy have come a long way towards contributing to the unhealthy state of our country, I also think that a parent’s job is to establish a healthy relationship with candy which is why I don’t deny my kids participation in all Halloween festivities including Trick-or-Treating. Besides, how else would I get my yearly peanut butter cup fix? We just have some ground rules and some limits on how much they can enjoy and the remaining gets donated so that our service members can enjoy a simple treat from home while they are working so hard to protect our country.
To learn more about how and where to donate Halloween candy to the troops’ visit: Operation Gratitude.
So, back to the fun of Trick-or-Treating. Most years it’s all about who gets the most candy and whichever kid hands over the most peanut butter cups gets to wear the crown of “mom’s favorite”. They have a ton of fun going from house to house, but I wanted to make it more fun. So I came up with this Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt where the idea is not to get the most candy (well except for peanut butter cups – quantity matters there) but to get at least one of each type of candy. There are 54 different types of candy listed. They will have to see if they can get them all!
If you have kids who have a candy-free Halloween check this out: Halloween Non-Candy Scavenger Hunt.
Fun right? I’ve made it easy to download and print this by creating a PDF. I’ve also made a light colored version, so your printer doesn’t explode printing all that black ink.
LINKS TO PRINTABLES
Here is what the white one looks like:
Feel free to Pin either of those on Pinterest or I have a fancier one here you can Pin:
Don’t forget to check out the non-candy version here: Halloween Non-Candy Scavenger Hunt.