You have walked the equivalent of at least 4 miles… in the cold dark… wearing a costume… collecting pieces of Halloween candy one-by-one, or you have a bowl full of candy that kept the trick-or-treater's indoors maybe… the rain/drizzle… the temperature… the kids not wanting to dress up. And now you are just wishing it would all simply DISAPPEAR? Hey, you worked hard for that candy – don’t let it go to easily. You never know it may serve a good purpose besides making your dentist stay in business another year.
HERE ARE MY 10 CREATIVE WAYS TO GET RID OF
UNWANTED HALLOWEEN CANDY:
Buy Back Candy – there is a nation website, where you can check to see if there is a buy back location near you. What is really interesting is the buy backs are sponsored by local dentists and other small businesses. Some dental practices will give a $1 to a child in exchange for a pound of candy.
Party Time – do you have a birthday or holiday party coming up soon? You can use your leftover candy to fill goodie bags, to add to the sweet table, or even a piñata.
The Candy Fairy – what is the Candy Fairy? She is like the Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny only she comes with rules. Ask your kids or yourself to pick out 10 pieces of candy. The Candy Witch then picks a random time to come to the house to take the remaining pieces. It could be during the day, or a couple of days from Halloween, whenever you choose. She leaves a toy/treat yourself to a manicure, the kids wake up, see the toy, and forget all about the candy being gone.
Decorate – candy corn work great for the end of a turkey’s tail (link), save to decorate your annual gingerbread house, or holiday baked goods.
Send it to the office – we all know candy never lasts long in the break room!
Freeze/Save it – most candy will last until Christmas. Freeze it then use it for Christmas Stockings or holiday treat bags for your co-workers.
Operation Shoe Box/Gratitude – donate the extra Halloween candy directly to the troops through the Operation programs. Mail your candy to them (non-chocolate candy), and volunteers will include it in the troops special care packages.
Play Games – next time your family plays a game use it as the price. The better candy that is more enjoyable can be the grand prize.
Homeless Treat Bags – the man/woman you see with the sign every day, don’t they need candy? Even better add a water bottle, dry socks, or a snack to the treat bag.
Ronald McDonald House – the Ronald McDonald House helps keep severely ill kids and their parents together during treatment. After Halloween, some locations accept donations of unopened candy for the families being served.