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What do you and your kiddos do with all that Halloween candy that you collect on October 31st?! Do you have a big bowl in the kitchen where all the candy is collected and then up for grabs? Do you stash the candy in a secret place and then allow each of your kids to have one piece each day? Well, if you want to do something different with all that Halloween candy this year, consider participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back.

Here’s how it works…

* Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
* Candy is “bought” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges
* Dentists can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc. They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
* Dentists then send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
* Operation Gratitude sends the candy to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way

Here are some other suggestions (left by Hip2Save reader’s on a post from last year about this same topic) on ways to make use of all that Halloween candy…

* Donate candy to teachers

* My kids eat a few candies, we pick out a few more, then we put all of the rest outside of their bedroom doors when they go to bed. While they are sleeping, the Halloween Fairy takes away all of the candy (which makes its way to daddy’s office) and leaves a toy for each child.

* We keep a quart-size canning jar for each kid and that is where all their candy goes when they get it (think Easter, birthday parties, Halloween, Christmas…). If it doesn’t fit in the jar, they don’t get to keep it. The rest goes in a hidden stash that we pull from if their jars run out or if the parents need a sugar hit.

* My daughter’s birthday is in Nov, so we reuse the candy in the Pinata.

* We use all the chocolates to make some AWESOME brownies! I make the standard box brownie then cut up various chocolate, sprinkle the top and stick it back in the over to melt a bit…

* I take a majority of the candy and save it for decorating gingerbread houses at Christmas. This is an easy way to get a lot of variety.

What great ideas! Have you ever participated in a Halloween Candy Buy Back? Do you have any creative uses for Halloween candy?

(Thanks for the reminder, Alicia’s Deals in AZ!)

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  1. michelle

    Let your kids have the candy and get your panties out of their bunch. I am afraid for society. Jeez they worked for it and whats the use if their dad or mom is going to eat it way to go parents, go ahead if you want to ruin Halloween…

    • Christine

      What if they get an overwhelming amount that they can’t possibly eat before it goes bad? That’s how I took the suggestions. Not that the parents are candy Nazis. I have five kids, and the amount of candy can be ridiculous. I really like the suggestions.

    • Amanda

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but what my kids get is much different from when I was a kid. Rather than a regular bucket, they have huge bags filled with candy, some of which is full size candy bars. There’s no way kids can eat all that. Plus there’s always going to be leftovers that no one likes.

      I love the gingerbread house idea! We always have stuff like twizzlers, tootsie rolls, now & laters, dum dums and Mike & Ike left over because no one likes them. I never thought to use them on our gingerbread house!

      • Amber

        We have a candy basket that the kids are allowed to choose from for a treat every night. If they eat all their dinner they get two treats. If they eat most of their dinner they get one treat. If they don’t eat at all, no treat. So after Halloween, Easter, Christmas, ect the candy goes in the candy basket. Of course, a day or two after the holiday they get to eat more than normal. But I think 2 pieces a day is okay.

  2. Daphne

    I teach first grade and I have each of my students bring in 10 pieces of candy after Halloween, We then group them in sets of 10 and count as well as finding different ways to sort them. We use them for addition and subtraction problems as well. Then we eat some of course. It is really neat to see the different ways we can sort the candy.

    • sarah

      Very good idea 🙂

    • Susan

      LOVE THIS. My son is in VPK, but I’m going to suggest this to his teacher.

    • christina

      We need more teachers like you 🙂 Thank you for keeping some fun in the class 🙂 They will remember the teachers that made them feel good in the class 🙂

  3. Melanie

    People have very different reasons for choosing to do what they do. Try to take into account that others aren’t doing things different from you because they are Halloween scrooges. They just have different circumstances to deal with than you do.

    • Morganne

      Exactly! 🙂 I let my kids eat their candy (with a little adult supervision as to how MUCH and WHEN)…some don’t. No hard feelings. 🙂

  4. Sarah

    Guys, I’m not trying to be mean, but it seems like there is far more negativity on this post than there was on last year’s post. Yes, I know that some people will go out and have their kids purposely get alot of candy just so they can sell it. Yes, I know that people spend alot of time and money preparing for trick-or-treaters. BUT once the kids have gotten the candy from you, it is now for them to do with as they please (or as their parents please). I believe Collin was simply asking for people’s experiences with the candy buy back programs and for creative ideas to do with the candy. My own circumstances are a little bit different than most peoples. I have a 2 year-old son and a 9 month-old son so they will be trick-or-treating just because we want to show them off in their cute costumes, but they can’t eat most (or any) of the candy. I also work for the guy who runs our town’s Halloween carnival so he gives me the leftover candy (which last year there was over 50lbs of candy leftover!!!). Rather than myself and the other workers snacking on the candy the rest of the year I took out the candy that I could use in baking and a little bit to put in stockings and Easter baskets. Then I took the rest of the candy to a dentist in another town that was participating in the candy buy back program.

    • christina

      Thank goodness for people like you whom feel this is not a site of negativity. Our school has a dentist come in and buy the candy, which is great for the chewy stuff that tends to ruin teeth and pull fillings. I love that the dentist is aware that his practice can be a cost in which some cannot afford. They also give out teeth care packages too. I think any ideas are great. I love to give it out, thats the fun part. What parents choose to do is up to them…hey my mother took all the good stuff for herself and I threw out the rest anyway……Didnt have my first cavity until I was 30….woohooo hahahaha. Rather than my kids throw it out, its great to see some amazing ideas.

  5. Amanda

    What awesome ideas!! I especially love the one for Ginger Bread houses!! I prefer to do it old school and not build kits, so that means buying different candies and sprinkles.

  6. Sigmon mom

    I go through the candy and what my family will not eat. I save for my daughter to throw out during our town Christmas parade in November.

    • christina

      Wow, that one is a really great one….never thought of that either. Kudos to your daughter, I bet she really enjoys that too 🙂

  7. Caitlin

    I think these are some awesome ideas. It’s a way to let your child participate in the fun of Halloween without the sugar highs and cavities. There’s nothing wrong with giving a child some candy, but for me I’d rather my child fill up on nutritious food not candy.

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