Halloween is obviously a super fun holiday, but it’s not just “one night” if you’re chowing down on highly processed sugary candy for weeks or months to come. So I’ve got some fun ideas for you to help make sure you don’t “fall off the wagon” at the start of this holiday season!
5 Ways to Get Rid of your Halloween Candy
- Cash for Candy through the Buyback Program
This is a national program with thousands of participating dentists and orthodontists. Use their handy zip code locator to find a practice who will buy back candy (typically $1 per pound up to 5 pounds) near you! Most dentists send their loot on to the troops. Some health food stores also offer a trade in program.
- Operation Gratitude: Mail your candy to the troops
Another great way to reduce your overload of sweet stuff is to send your candy directly to the troops (they love care packages!). Be sure to check out their guidelines before packing it up. If you’re concerned about shipping costs you could also look into donating it locally to a homeless shelter or food bank.
- The Sugar Goblin
Do you have one yet? My girls were so excited when this little guy arrived in the mail. The Sugar Goblin will leave a little something for your kids in exchange for their candy (that they don’t eat) on Halloween night! This is a great way to keep candy consumption in check without spoiling any of the fun. To purchase yours check out their website, amazon or target.com. I’m told that target.com may sell out soon so if you’re interested don’t delay on this one!
- The Switch Witch
This is a similar concept to The Sugar Goblin. It’s pretty self explanatory if you read through the poem below, and if you’re a long time follower here you know we’re fans of the Switch Witch and her naughty cat! :) –
- Use it for Science Experiments!
Now how fun is this? My kids both love doing experiments, and I know using candy as their subjects would definitely up the fun factor. Check out the Candy Experiments website and books for loads of ideas!
I hope you get some use out of these ideas! Of course you can always just throw all the extra away, although I know that is not a very eco-friendly option. But this dilemma does remind me of one of my favorite Michael Pollan quotes …”it’s better to go to waste than to go to waist.” Very true!
I’d love to hear what you do with your candy after Halloween in the comments below.