10 uses for Halloween Candy

Every year I feel like we get WAY more candy than we should have.  This year was no exception. We had leftover candy from our own stash and then my 2 girls brought way more in.  Lucky for me, my daughters school collects all the extra candy and donates to Operation Gratitude, but I never thought about telling others about it until I saw someone post on facebook that they were going to THROW away all the candy they didn’t want their kids to eat. I posted on my facebook about the collection and the response was overwhelming.

I started to think about other uses for leftover candy and I came up with these:

1. Use for baking- find creative and useful ways to add to cookies.

2. With the Holiday season approaching save the candy for a Gingerbread House.

3. Donate the candy to Operation Gratitude,  charity that will help send candy to overseas soldiers in their care packages.

4. Take to work and share among friends.

5. Make a candy wreath or candy lei and give to someone to brighten their day.

6. Donate to a local shelter or children’s hospital

7. Ask your dentist if they do a “buy back” program where they will exchange candy for toothbrushes, etc. Our local dentist offers a Buy Back program on the Monday after Halloween.

8. If you have an upcoming birthday or holiday party you can save ALL the candy for a pinata. We all know how expensive the candy alone is….

9. Share your candy. At our school there was a stomach virus going around that prohibited several kids from trick or treating. We thought it would be a good idea to share our candy with them. We made little Halloween treat bags (on clearance the day AFTER Halloween) and added lots of candy. We delivered to them so they could have a treat as well.

10. You can save lots of it by freezing it. You can use this to ration to the kids or instead of them having a cookie or other dessert, I give them 1 piece of candy.

Email me at mom@talesfromthenursery.com if you can think of any other ideas.

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