Candy Be Gone! What to do with the Halloween Candy?

Tally up your children’s sweets from their Halloween haul and chances are you’ll have piles of it.

First, secretly ration out a few of your own favorites (ahem, that would be Reese Peanut Butter Cups in this house), then it’s time to figure out what to with it. We love trick-or-treating, but all of that candy in the house is too tempting. There are a number of options for donating the extra Halloween candy or repurposing it.

We’ve rounded up a list of area dentists who offer candy “Buy Back” programs as well as other programs and ideas on what to do with all of that sugary goodness around the house.

Make sure to drop us a line if you know of another Dentist participating in a buyback program and we’ll add it to the list.

Halloween Candy Buy Back Events Kalamazoo

Area Dentists Halloween Candy Buy Back Events

Looking for a local option where the children can participate and get some cash in return? Consider a candy buy-back program. Participating dentists will “buy back” children’s Halloween candy at scheduled events and the candy will be shipped through the Operation Gratitude program to U.S. Military.

Friday November 1, 2019

Gentle Dentistry's First Annual Candy Buy Back

Location: Gentle Dentistry – 3048 W. Main Street Kalamazoo

Gentle Dentistry's First Annual Candy Buy Back! All candy will be donated to our troops through Operation Gratitude. Bring in your candy on Friday, November 1 from 8-12, Monday November 4 from 8-5, or Tuesday November 5 from 8-7! Can't wait to see you all. Look for pictures to come [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday November 4, 2019

Gentle Dentistry's First Annual Candy Buy Back

Location: Gentle Dentistry – 3048 W. Main Street Kalamazoo

Gentle Dentistry's First Annual Candy Buy Back! All candy will be donated to our troops through Operation Gratitude. Bring in your candy on Friday, November 1 from 8-12, Monday November 4 from 8-5, or Tuesday November 5 from 8-7! Can't wait to see you all. Look for pictures to come [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Great Candy Buy Back at Portage Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Portage Pediatric Dentistry – 3020 Old Centre Road Portage

Our 2nd Annual Candy Buy Back Program will be the First Week of November (Monday 11/4 - Thursday 11/7). Have your kids brings in their leftover Halloween Candy and receive CASH! $1.00 per pound up to 5 pounds! The Tooth Fairy will drop the candy off to local police and [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday November 5, 2019

Gentle Dentistry's First Annual Candy Buy Back

Location: Gentle Dentistry – 3048 W. Main Street Kalamazoo

Gentle Dentistry's First Annual Candy Buy Back! All candy will be donated to our troops through Operation Gratitude. Bring in your candy on Friday, November 1 from 8-12, Monday November 4 from 8-5, or Tuesday November 5 from 8-7! Can't wait to see you all. Look for pictures to come [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

The Great Candy Buy Back at Portage Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Portage Pediatric Dentistry – 3020 Old Centre Road Portage

Our 2nd Annual Candy Buy Back Program will be the First Week of November (Monday 11/4 - Thursday 11/7). Have your kids brings in their leftover Halloween Candy and receive CASH! $1.00 per pound up to 5 pounds! The Tooth Fairy will drop the candy off to local police and [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday November 6, 2019

The Great Candy Buy Back at Portage Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Portage Pediatric Dentistry – 3020 Old Centre Road Portage

Our 2nd Annual Candy Buy Back Program will be the First Week of November (Monday 11/4 - Thursday 11/7). Have your kids brings in their leftover Halloween Candy and receive CASH! $1.00 per pound up to 5 pounds! The Tooth Fairy will drop the candy off to local police and [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday November 7, 2019

The Great Candy Buy Back at Portage Pediatric Dentistry

Location: Portage Pediatric Dentistry – 3020 Old Centre Road Portage

Our 2nd Annual Candy Buy Back Program will be the First Week of November (Monday 11/4 - Thursday 11/7). Have your kids brings in their leftover Halloween Candy and receive CASH! $1.00 per pound up to 5 pounds! The Tooth Fairy will drop the candy off to local police and [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Ways to Donate or Repurpose Halloween Candy

Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude is once again collecting Halloween candy to send to deployed U.S. Service Members. In addition to donating candy, have your children write a letter or draw a picture to be included in the care package. Ship candy no later than November 8, 2019.

Operation Shoebox
Donate heat-resistant candy to the Operation Shoebox program. Children can include a note or colored picture.

Repurpose Halloween Candy
  • Offer the kids to trade-in their Halloween candy for cash or a special toy.
  • Let kids practice counting or do their math homework with little pieces of skittles or other candy.
  • Freeze it for later. Freeze candy in small plastic bags to use for baking or special treats. Save it to decorate a gingerbread house in the winter.
  • Make a special Halloween version of trail mix by tossing in a handful of candy pieces with pretzels, raisins, and dried fruits.
  • Use the candy to fill a piñata for someone who has a fall or winter birthday.
  • Try out different STEM and other science experiments with the candy. Kids will love making candy potion experiments.

Halloween Candy

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