Halloween was just a few days ago… but I’m already wondering what’s going to happen with ALL OF THIS CANDY!!! I mean… we’ll obviously eat some. And put some in our regular candy jar. But…. there’s just SO MUCH CANDY. So, I decided to look into some ideas for ridding ourselves of at least some of it.
Operation Gratitude sends care packages to our troops overseas, and all of your Halloween goodies are greatly appreciated. The donation can be super special if your kids write a letter or draw a picture to include in the donation box. I also love that they tell you that you can include toothbrushes and toothpaste because “we need to keep smiles on the troops’ faces all shiny, bright and healthy!” You just pay to ship to the California (not actually to the troops), but an extra $15 donation covers overseas postage. They have detailed directions… so make sure you visit the site to check them out! And note…. shipments MUST BE MADE BY NOVEMBER 15TH!
Operation Shoesbox also send candy overseas to the troops (at Halloween, Christmas, and Easter). I couldn’t find as many directions… but I’m sure the idea is similar to Operation Gratitude. You can find their shipment address, and other details about Operation Shoebox on their website.
Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops
Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops Program will ship your donated candy to deployed service members around the world or distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country for a sweet treat!
Halloween Candy Buyback
If you want to donate to the troops… but you would rather not worry about shipping your own candy donations you may be able to find a local dentist participating in the 2016 Halloween Candy Buyback. With this program… the dentists office actually buy the candy back from your kids (usually at $1 a pound with a limit of 5 pounds) and then they donate all they earn to Operation Gratitude. If you visit the Halloween Candy Buyback site you can enter your zip code and find a list of registered dentists. Just call the office to check on their buyback schedule… and keep in mind they also need to ship by 11/15!
Options for keeping but not just eating…
Trying to figure out another way to use the candy… but not into donating it? Try some candy science experiments!
Or… maybe you want to eat the candy… but you’re tired of that plastic pumpkin or trick-or-treat bag hanging around. Try out a leftover Halloween candy recipe.
How about you? Any other ideas for emptying those plastic Halloween pumpkins so they can get put away?