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Wheel of Candy and the Sugar Plum Fairy

One family we knew in Nashville had a Wheel of Candy in their frontyard (like a wheel of fortune that you could spin.) Trick-or-treaters could get in line to spin the wheel. They might land on the words that said that they won one, two or three pieces of candy. They might land on the words that said that they would lose one, two or three pieces of candy.   Or, the other option was that they might win a vegetable.  Back in 2004, Anna spun the wheel and won a piece of celery when she was two, and it was the prize of the evening. She carried it around like a trophy all night. 


We took this tradition with us to Seattle when we moved out west and created our own Wheel of Candy. We've enjoyed it for the last few years as one of the ways we welcome people to our house on Halloween.  






Because our kids brought home WAY too much candy, 
we usually employ the services of the Sugar Plum Fairy. 
The Fairy then comes during the night, takes the candy (where it is used to build homes for other sugar plum fairies), and leaves a fun gift in exchange.This year, I gave Anna and Taylor a voucher for some screen time to watch a few episodes of their favorite show. 

 I usually take the candy to my students in classes at SPU for a study break, but I know of some programs where you can send candy to soldiers or to other cool projects to spread the love around the world.  See 
Also, some dentist offices are registered in this program where you can donate your candy, and they will take care of sending it in for care packages for troops.  


  1. Look at how young they looked just a few years ago!


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