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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2023

How to Sweeten Financial Lessons for Kids


Make the most of Halloween by combining fun with financial education. Halloween candy presents an opportunity for parents to teach important lessons about budgeting and taxes to their kids.

Give your kids a valuable lesson about money with a Trick-or-Treat Tax Lesson.

Trick-or-Treat Tax Lesson

Once your kids come back home with their Halloween candy, it’s the perfect time to have a fun lesson about income and taxes. Here’s how it works:

  1. The Candy Count: Have your children gather all their Halloween candy and make a colorful candy pile.
  2. The Taxing Part: Now, introduce them to the notion of “taxes.” Explain that they must set aside a small percentage of their candy stash as a “tax.” For example, you could suggest that 10% of their candy is their “tax” to pay.
  3. Where Does the Tax Go? Engage your kids in a conversation about where this “tax” goes. You can relate it to the real world by explaining that taxes are collected to support various community needs, such as schools, parks, and essential services. For the Halloween twist, tell them that this “tax” goes to the parents, who will manage their candy stash. This can lead to a fun discussion about how parents might ensure the candy is distributed fairly, stored safely, and enjoyed responsibly.

Through this exercise, children learn about earning, taxes, and responsible candy management. It also presents the concept of taxes as serving a purpose in our communities.

Help children grasp the importance of money management from an early age to lay a solid groundwork for their future. Besides, it’s a great way to have fun during the holiday and teach your family about finances. Happy Halloween!

two halloween candle holders filled with candy placed on a table with a small jack o lantern between them.

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