Inviting the Pumpkin Fairy on Halloween (or: how to get rid of all that crazy candy your kids just hauled home!)

Inviting the Pumpkin Fairy on Halloween (or: how to get rid of all that technicolor candy)

Inviting the Pumpkin Fairy on Halloween (or: how to get rid of all that technicolor candy)

Inviting the Pumpkin Fairy on Halloween (or: how to get rid of all that technicolor candy)

As we busily prepare for Halloween – one of our favorite celebrations of the year – I wanted to share with you a beloved fall tradition in our home: the Pumpkin Fairy.

We were introduced to the Pumpkin Fairy by one of my most magical friends when our kids were small. And I am so glad we were! The Pumpkin Fairy is wonderful.

You see, I was always a little sketchy on keeping all that sugar from Halloween around the house. It's not what I wanted my kids to eat, yet I didn't want to be the heavy and swoop in and swipe their candy on November 1.

Also, last year Lupine exhibited a very clear/alarming reaction to food coloring that made Halloween that much more scary. Adding food sensitivities to the mix means that most of the candy that our kids bring home on Halloween fall onto our "no" list right out of the gate.

Hello, rock. Hello, hard place.

And then the Pumpkin Fairy swooped in on an autumn wind and saved the day.

The Pumpkin Fairy arrives by invitation to transform your Halloween treats into a wonderful, simple gift. (If she's never come before it's only because you didn't invite her!) What does she do with the candy? It depends on who you ask. Some kids think she makes the gifts she gives out of the candy she gathers; others think she might build her candy house from them. Personally, I suspect she grinds it up to make fairy dust for all the autumn fairy folk.

Here is how it works: Any willing children select the candy for the Pumpkin Fairy. Some make a selection, others dump in the lot of it. The chosen treats are put it out in a basket, covered with a cloth or silk and left on the table for the Pumpkin Fairy to find in the night. By morning the Pumpkin Fairy has come and transformed the candy into something lovely. (Around here she leaves small treasures akin to what we might find in our spring baskets.)

We find that the size of the gift is determined by how much candy they give, which for one of my kids means most of the bag is handed off and the food allergy candy struggles are over. (*wipes brow*)

In years past the Pumpkin Fairy has brought crystals, craft supplies, small handmade toys, and a special fall book. She always gives things that are a perfect match for the family she's sharing with!

We never force it, and if one child wants to keep a bucket of candy, that is their choice. (Around here that often means swapping out for legal treats from the coop.) But if you let the candy go and share the magic with the Pumpkin Fairy, oh the magic that will come!

So there you go. That's how we do it around here. It's not perfect, but for our family any way it's pretty darn close.

And at the end of the day, Halloween is still my children's favorite celebration. And the Pumpkin Fairy is just one more thing to look forward to. Because Halloween, after all, is so much more than candy. It's costumes and magic mischief and adventure!

And it turns out that the candy was just a sweet little extra all along.




3 thoughts on “Inviting the Pumpkin Fairy on Halloween (or: how to get rid of all that crazy candy your kids just hauled home!)

  1. Nicole says:

    Hi there! I just recently found your blog through a dear friend of mine. It’s lovely and I really enjoy your posts. My oldest, now 15, also had a scary neurological reaction to food coloring as a young boy. For about 3-4 years we had to read all ingredients and try to make sure it didn’t sneak in. His reaction was pretty crazy. His pupils would would dilate like a person on drugs, his face would flush nearly purple and he would stutter like crazy for several days. It always made celebrations in more conventional settings a challenge! I’m glad you found such a sweet solution to a tricky holiday conundrum! Happy autumn to you and yours!

  2. erica says:

    We’ve done this over the years as well, though now my kids are less enthused by the idea, so we continue to struggle with the healthy balance…….. A couple of the things that I’ve struggled with over the years are a) what to do with all that candy that the pumpkin faerie takes away, ugh and b) I will always remember an angry mom arguing that she felt it was very rude for me to have my kids go door to door, asking for candy that they had spent their money on, only to have them throw that candy away. I heard what she was saying, and there’s an element in there that strikes me as true, and I’m not sure how I feel about it, or more importantly, what to do with it. c) I read a horrifying article about where all that cheap candy and chocolate comes from, and the child labour that is involved for my kids to have a good time, and I want to make my kids more aware of the consequences of their actions world wide without ruining the magic and fun. There’s so much I don’t love about what Halloween/Samhain has become, and every year I struggle to do what works for all of us. And wish the kids would be thrilled to give up on trick or treating and instead have a big party:-) But that’s just not going to fly…….so I’ll keep struggling to find a solution:-)

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