You might not like #5! Check out our Top 8 Ways to Get Rid of Extra Halloween Candy. Wondering what to do all those pounds of leftover Halloween candy? If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all those treats and sweets, here’s some inspiration on what to do with your families Trick-or-Treat candy haul!
Top 8 Ways to Get Rid of Extra Halloween Candy
Halloween is the ultimate sugar rush! My kids bring home pounds and pounds of candy so when November 1st rolls around I’m always looking for ways to donate our candy to get rid of that extra Halloween candy fast! Take a peek at our household’s Top 8 Ways to Get Rid of Extra Halloween Candy.
1.Drop off your extra candy at the Dentist or Orthodontist
My children’s orthodontist (and many others that I know of!) actually pay their patients $1 per pound of candy they donate to the office. The office donates the candy to the troops. It’s a win win for everyone! Less candy and sugar to mess up the kiddos teeth and it brings cheer to our troops.
2. Donate your Candy to a Local Shelter or Food Bank
Yes, normally we donate food or milk to our local food bank, but a sweet treat is always appreciated whatever the season!
3. Ship it to the Troops and Military overseas
Visit OperationGratitude.com to find local drop off points in your zip code area. This organization has shipped over 2.4 million care packages to our troops since 2003. Their zip code finder, makes it very easy to find locations who collect candy. You can use their zip code finder here to find convenient local drop off destinations in your town.
4. Share it with a Nursing Home or send a care package to the Grandparent
Bundle up a bag of sweet treats and drop it off at a local retirement community or nursing home. This is a great way to put a smile on someone’s face!
5. Save your receipts and return unopened candy bags to the store.
The number of trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood varies so much from year to year. I could have 40 kids or 150 kids visit our home. I prefer to buy more candy than I probably need as I don’t like to run out of candy for the kids. If I save my receipts, I’ll have the option to return a bag or two if I have unopened candy bags leftover.
6.Let the Switch Witch come for a visit & exchange candy for a toy!
If you haven’t seen the Switch Witch before, she’s like the Elf on the Shelf but only visits after Halloween – or on any assigned visiting day – to exchange your gift for a toy! You can read all about the Switch Witch in our post here. Available for purchase for $14 on Amazon.
7. Bring Your Kids Candy to the Office
Anything I’ve ever brought to work disappears in a heartbeat! You can even save some in your desk and once a month pull out a fun candy dish to share in the lunchroom.
8. Save it for Christmas – Great for entertaining or baking!
Perfect for decorating Gingerbread Houses or Christmas Cookies. Yum! Skittles, M&M’s and lollipops make ideal fixings to decorate any Gingerbread House. When it comes to Christmas cookie baking, the Hershey Kisses and M&M’s are essential in some many recipes too. And if you’re ever surprised by unexpected guests during the holidays, it’s fantastic to know you can whip together a sweet candy dish in minutes without needing to run to the grocery store.