It's that bewitching time of year again, where children collect and eat way, way too much candy. In the quest to protect our children's teeth, my wife either discovered or invented a new Halloween tradition a few years back: the Halloween witch.
The deal is this. If you leave your candy out when you go to sleep on Halloween night, the Halloween witch leaves you a nice gift in exchange for that candy. The more candy you leave out, the nicer the gift.
Our daughters typically keep one or two pieces of candy for themselves and let the Halloween witch have the rest. They get a nice gift (clothes or toys or something), nice teeth, and no upset stomachs. The Halloween witch gets the candy (which seems to make its way into a trash can since it's generally of marginal quality anyway). Parents get peace of mind. Everybody's happy!
It's amazing that our society is so rich that we have to come up with ways to throw our children's stuff away.