What to do with All that Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy HaulHalloween is here and as you admire your mountain of sweets, you realize it’s probably not the best idea to eat all that candy. After sorting through your treats and picking out your favorites, what should you do with the leftover candy? Here are a few ideas!

Donate
Donating your Halloween candy is a selfless way to share! Find a local charity that accepts candy donations. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Nursing homes
  • Food pantries
  • Veterans’ homes
  • Women’s shelters

Candy Exchange
Some dentists host a candy exchange where kids are invited to trade in their sweets for healthy treats. You may even be able to find a Halloween candy buyback where kids can earn cash for their candy.

Support Our Troops
Send your candy half-way around the world in a care package to our troops. Organizations like Operation Gratitude distribute donated Halloween candy to our soldiers overseas. Be sure to send heat resistant candy (no chocolate) and include a handwritten letter to make them smile!

Recycle Your Candy
Use your leftover Halloween candy for an upcoming birthday party or for fun crafts! Here are some cool ideas:

  • Goodie bags/piñata
  • Candy jewelry
  • Halloween trail mix
  • Ice cream/milk shake toppings
  • Gingerbread house decorations
  • Bring it to work to share with your co-workers

Join the conversation. There are lots of fun ways to avoid eating too many sugary Halloween treats. So tell us, what do you do with your left over candy?

Resources:

http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/excess_candy.html
http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/
http://www.parenting.com/gallery/things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy?page=18

  1 comment for “What to do with All that Halloween Candy

  1. Heidi
    November 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Great ideas – I can see having fun with the gingerbread house idea! Now just to get my kids to agree ….

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