The kids have enjoyed going door-to-door in costume trick-or-treating. The homeowners (the ones with their lights on) have enjoyed seeing the kids all dressed up and having fun (and perhaps remembering the joy of Halloween when they were kids).
Now the kids have an entire pillowcase filled with candy that they want to eat as quickly as possible. There will be a sugar high that will last for days.
Here is an alternative idea. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends etc. can BUY BACK the candy. As a team effort everyone involved can decide what candy the child will sell. The child can then donate the money collected to his favorite cause or charity.
Last year at my preschool/kindergarten we collected nearly $300 that we gave to the Panhandle Animal Shelter. They delivered the funds themselves and got a tour of the facility as well.
It was a win/win situation. It is my hope that this idea will spread.