Charlie Bucket would be wowed by your little goblin’s massive trick-or-treat haul (hello, three dozen mini Snickers). But all that candy might be a golden ticket to Sugar Crash City.
Everyone wins if you listen to Beth Miller. The owner of Roscoe Village’s Suckers Candy shared creative ways to enjoy Halloween sweets (and avoid bellyaches).
Make necklaces by stringing Cheerios or Fruit Loops on them.
Turn them into an educational tool. Make a graph on paper and separate them by color, or use them to do addition and subtraction problems.
Butterfingers and Pop Rocks
Crumble them for toppings on ice cream, a frosted cupcake, or brownie.
Candy bar wrappers
Glue them to paper to make greeting cards. Customize messages (i.e., “You mean 100 Grand to me” or “You are my Bit-o-Honey”).
Save it to create a gingerbread house. They make great shingles for the roof.
Nerds and Runts
Make random lines and dots with glue on scrap paper and pour these candies on top. You’ll end up with a cool work of modern art.
Now give ’em something good to eat.
For more ideas and a whopping selection of Halloween treats, go to Suckers Candy, 3256 North Damen Avenue, at West School Street (773-549-1706 or suckerscandyinc.com).
Pumpkin Patch Party
What: Carve and paint pumpkins, decorate trick-or-treat bags, and create masks at the family fete. Lunch or dinner is served.
Why: Keep the pulpy, sticky mess away from home.
When: Fri., 4-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-7 p.m.; Sun., 3-7 p.m.
Where: Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., b/t Western & Oakley Aves. Register (required) by calling 773-360-1720. Cost is $25 per child.
Curious George: Let’s Get Curious
What: The new exhibit about the funny little monkey introduces kids to math, science, and engineering adventures through hands-on play.
Why: They’ll love maneuvering wheels to move George on pulleys as he hops from mini building to mini building.
When: Tues.-Feb. 5.
Where: Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., at Lake Ave., Glenview (847-832-6600). Admission, $8.50.
Prudent Advice Book Signing
What: DailyCandy L.A. Kids editor Jaime Morrison Curtis wrote the book on motherly wisdom and is in town to spread the word. The Book Cellar sponsors.
Why: Stock up for baby showers.
When: Sat., noon-1 p.m.
Where: Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., b/t Sunnyside & Montrose Aves. (312-744-7616). Admission is free.
Photo: Janelle Jones
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