Halloween: The Day After

By: Bryan Latham Email
By: Bryan Latham Email

Plenty of children took in plenty of sweets Halloween night. Now the question is what to do with it. The kids have a pretty good idea, but what do parents think and how much is too much sugar?

It came in by the bagful, an evening of trick-or-treating transformed April Karstens’ living room near 180th and Pacific into a mosaic of candy. "It was unbelievable. I can't believe the kids came back with this amazing stash of candy and what people give these days.”

"I have Twix, Reese's Pieces, Snickers," said daughter Lauren Karstens.

Four girls returned with nearly six bags worth. It wasn't weighed, but one has a guess. “One hundred pounds,” said McKinna Smith. The four friends planned for Halloween for months. “Since August,” said Jessa Smith.

Their haul was the result of a little ingenuity. “You get in a golf cart,” said daughter Elise Karstens. Why is that good? “’Cause you can jump from neighborhood to neighborhood and you don't have to walk.”

As the girls sorted through their favorite pieces, the question was what to do with it. Lauren already took care of some of it. "Five!"

A few more bagfuls could be a few too many. "I think we'll probably snack on it the next couple of weeks and probably put some of it away for later and I think they'll will probably give a lot of it away, too,” said mom April.

Daughter Elise wasn't necessarily opposed to that. “Kind of depends where it would go to.” Friend Jessa wasn't going for it. You're not going to eat all the candy, are you? “Yeah!” That actually would be quite the trick.

If you are thinking your kids don't need all of that candy, two metro dentist offices are offering to pay you to take it off your hands.

Dr. Barbara Ries at 129th and West Dodge is offering a $1 per pound, collecting Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The candy will then be donated to the Open Door Mission, Treats For Troops and other local charities.

Today's Dental at 144th and Harrison is offering $2 for every one-and-a-half pounds, collecting Monday from 5-7 p.m. The candy will then be sent to troops overseas.


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