We did a little trick or treat in the downtown area of a nearby city and the kids came back with 42 and 36 pieces of candy, respectively.
What I ended up doing was going through and looking up each candy to see which was the worst (high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils) and separated those out for the kids.
Then, we opened up a "store." They could use their candy to buy Annie's organic fruit snacks, a hot wheels from my husband's collection, or a dollar bill. They 2 pieces of candy bought one item. This worked really well! They sold off their inedible candies first, and then kept going! My three year old daughter sold all of her candy for fruit snacks and hot wheels, and $2. My son kept some of his favorite not-so-bad candies, and spread out his purchases pretty equally between the hot wheels, fruit snacks and dollars. It was a good learning lesson, and the kids have a whole lot less candy to mess with their bodies and minds.
The "cash register" of candy is going to work with my husband. He works at the hospital, and they candies will be gobbled up quite quickly by the stressed and overworked employees...