Halloween

Candy Overload? Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce the Trick-or-Treat Haul!

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Halloween is coming ... and so is the morning of November 1st! For parents, that's the time when the excitement of Trick-or-Treat night gives way to post-Halloween reality: what to do with all that Halloween candy?

Whether they're worried about tooth decay and nutrition, or simply want to avoid the stress of a week of candy-fueled behavior from the little ones, smart parents put strategies in place to handle the Trick-or-Treat haul.

Here are some of our favorite ideas to repurpose, recycle and reduce the amount of Halloween candy in your organized home.

Candy Corn Cookies: Easy Halloween Treat

Candy Corn Cookies

It's a sweet--and easy--Halloween treat: Candy Corn Cookies!

Shaped like the familiar Autumn candy, this recipe from BettyCrocker.com uses packaged sugar cookie mix and innovative shaping to cut time in the kitchen.

Dividing the dough into thirds, you'll tint two portions in holiday colors and combine them with an uncolored vanilla layer.

Surprise! There's no rolling required! Instead, the dough layers are stacked in a loaf pan, chilled, then cut to shape. They're as easy to make as slice-and-bake.

Haunted Gingerbread House: Patterns, Instructions and Inspiration from the Web

haunted gingerbread house

Will you bake a haunted gingerbread house this Halloween?

Whether you're a gingerbread house novice or a seasoned pro, the Web has recipes, patterns, templates and ideas galore to inspire your spooky creation.

Try these links for fantastic, fearsome Halloween gingerbread creations from the Web:

Make a Haunted Gingerbread House

Haunted Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion (includes recipe and templates)

Ready to try baking a gingerbread house for the first time? Find a complete guide here:

Build A Gingerbread House (.PDF format)

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