Fight the madness?
No, embrace it! I'm all about channeling that excitement and energy into some positive, cognitive experiences.
Here's one way we did it...
On Nov. 1, each kinder was invited to bring 4 treats from their night of fun. First, we sat in a big circle and sorted our candy by many, many attributes (all student-generated attributes... chocolate/no chocolate, one piece/many pieces, color of wrapper, etc.).
Then, we ate our candy, kept the wrappers and sorted them by beginning letter.
We ended up with a fun class book -- A-Z Trick-Or-Treat. The kids love "reading" this book at the library center.
I got this idea from a teammate of mine who got it from another teacher! All I can say is Thank Goodness! It is a lifesaver the day after Halloween!
Some letters had a lot... some had none (so we made up our own candy!)
Like I said... embrace the madness. :) It might lend itself to a great lesson!