Halloween Lifehack: How to Declutter While Making a Kid’s Day

Editor’s Note: Local dad and photographer extraordinaire Scott Matthews contacted us with some life advice that we thought was worth sharing with fellow West Siders.

By Scott Matthews

I’d like to share a Halloween tradition my family invented a few years ago.

A few days before Halloween we encourage our daughter to go through her stuff and pick out “perfectly good but no longer wanted” toys and whatnot from her room.

We then offer these items along with candy to the trick-or-treaters who come to visit.

The kids are always happy, and usually prefer toys to candy. And we get to share things we once loved, but don’t use anymore.

It has been a fun tradition for us, and we thought perhaps other people might enjoy giving it a try.

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    1. Shelly says:

      If you have any plastic toys remaining, check out http://www.secondchancetoys.org/

    2. Linda Jawitz says:

      Brilliant idea. I’m sending this to all my friends that have children. Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.

    3. Christine E says:

      Thank you for the clever idea, we did it, and the kids seemed delighted!

    4. Bruce E. Bernstein says:

      Am I right in thinking that the model in this pic is the outstanding NY Times reporter Amy Harmon?