So begins sociologist Dina Rose's thought-provoking post on her blog It's Not About Nutrition. She argues that getting rid of the candy (however you do it) is a short-term fix, and more importantly a lost opportunity to teach good long-term eating habits.
Veteran Parenthacker Sara introduced me to Dina's blog, and I'm hooked. Her aim is to raise the level of the "getting kids to eat healthy food" discussion from specifics (food choices, calorie and nutrient levels) to strategies (learning portion control, balancing "good" and "bad" foods, becoming more adventuresome eaters).
It's brilliant stuff. Have a read as you mull over the Halloween candy haul.
Related: After Halloween: tips for cleanup, candy disposal, sales (this post may cause you to rethink a few of these tips)