Monday, November 5, 2012

The Best Part of Halloween Isn't EATING the Candy...'s SORTING the candy!

Happy post-Halloween Monday, everyone! Melissa here, and I want to discuss one of the few holiday traditions that have survived since my childhood days, and that's The Epic Sorting of the Halloween Candy.

Nobody ever sat me down as a youngin' and helped me organize my loot, or even implied that I should. Even as a wee one, my OCD tendencies were alive and well, so dumping my candy onto the carpet and dividing the stash into subgroups was the natural thing to do.

I can vividly recall sitting in front of the TV watching The Dukes of Hazzard while organizing my candy and thinking, "It doesn't get any better than this." Now that I'm all grown up, I help my kids divide their candy into groups, such as:

1. Plain chocolate
2. Chocolate with nuts, caramel, crispies, etc.
3. Chewy candy
4. Hard candy
5. Suckers
6. Gum
7. Taffy
8. Powdered candy (Why doesn't anyone give out Pixie Sticks anymore?)
9. Extreme sours
10. Non-candy items such as pencils, bags of microwave popcorn, and dine-in only coupons to Frisch's Big Boy.

This year, the haul wasn't as diverse as usual, so we used fewer groups. Here's a "before" shot...

And here's the "after" shot. Keep in mind I was assisting a four-year-old who isn't as meticulous as his mother, so we slacked off a bit...

Now it's your turn to confess: You do the same thing, don't you? What other quirky post-Halloween habits do you indulge in?

Melissa Landers is the author of ALIENATED, a seriously foreign exchange coming in February, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion. You can learn more about Melissa on her website, and she'd love for you to add ALIENATED to your Goodreads bookshelf! 


Lorie Langdon said...

We sort our Halloween candy too!! I thought it was just me. ;)
This year my boys (10 and 12) asked me why we have to sort the candy. I stopped mid-sort and thought about it. All I could say, is because it's FUN!
I'm sure there's some deeper psychological explanation for my compulsion to sort, but I think I'm better off not knowing. ;-)
Fun post, Mel!

K.A. Krantz said...

I am absolutely a Sorter! How else would I know how many nights of Hershey Bars Hot Chocolate are ahead of me?

Melissa Landers said...


Kimberly said...

I have to admit that I was an OCD sorter as a kid. Even the first few times my oldest couple of kids trick-or-treated, I still tended to sort them.
However, now it's all about hiding it from them. It's five against two in our house, (five kids, two parents) and they clearly have the advantage. It's the one time where they unite and stand strong together. They start hiding it before it even hits the house.
So, I don't get much chance to sort it anymore. The kids are all about having it labeled with their names. Making sure one Kit Kat doesn't leave their precious bag and end up in a sibling's bag. That's a catastrophe in our house.
I'm glad you're still able to sort your candy. I truly wish I could again.
Now, I have to beg for a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I used to just stash them while I was sorting.

Anonymous said...

@ #8 - Because it's offensive to Pixie's.

CareyCorp said...

Hah! My kids sorted their candy in chocolate, non-chocolate, hard, soft, and trade-able.Unfortunately they both discovered the coconutty perfection of the Almond Joy.

Until this year, I could appropriate the AJs as my parental fee. But, alas, those days are no more. As my nine-year-old said, "Who doesn't love almonds and who doesn't love JOY?"

Pintip said...

I have to admit, I've never sorted my candy before. Ive never even thought of sorting my candy. But it sounds like a fun thing to do with the loot other than eating it, so I may have my kids give it a try! Great post!

Caryn Caldwell said...

I remember both sorting my candy as a kid AND watching Dukes of Hazzard (though I can't remember if I did them at the same time). This year I just did a quick sorting of my toddler's bucket, dumping all the choking hazards back into the bin by the door for the next trick-or-treaters. Oh, and I took out the toothbrush her dentist gave her. It lights up, and turned out to be her favorite thing in the stash.

Enjoy your candy!

Jennifer McGowan said...

So not a sorter. Which seems unusual for me, but really, I was the one who BOUGHT all the candy. :) So it was just my own leftovers that I had to grapple with and hey, i don't buy weird candy!!

~jenn wanders off to find bowl~