Sugar Mayhem – 5 Sweet Ideas For Leftover Halloween Candy

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IMG_3172Are you sick of it yet? The random candy wrappers found in odd places. The sugar-induced comas. The whining and negotiating for a piece of candy every hour. Or worse, the temptation to dig through your child’s candy stash in order to feed the sweet cravings at night. Let’s relieve ourselves from this sugar mayhem and consider other ways to put the leftover Halloween candy to good use.

Candy comes in handy many times throughout the year. Save what you think you’ll need, and then give the rest away. I give my kids a week to keep their candy separate and then I dump it all into one container. I use the Utz Pretzel container I get at Sam’s Club. We pull the container out of hiding when the kids want a treat over the weekend, or when we’re on our way to the movie theater. This year I plan to give away more candy than I keep. Here are five ideas I found helpful when it comes to managing the leftover Halloween candy.


Donate your Halloween candy to our US Troops overseas through the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Local participating dentists will give your child $1 in exchange for a pound of candy. Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude which uses the candy in care packages for our troops.

Many Tampa Bay area dentists participate in the Halloween Candy Buy-Back event where dentists give your child $1 for every pound of candy they bring into the office. The candy is shipped to Operation Gratitude, where volunteers send the goodies in care packages to our US Troops overseas. It’s a win-win for both parents, dentists, our troops and especially our kids. Just visit the Halloween Candy Buy Back website, enter your zip code and find a nearby participating dentist. If you have missed their collection date, don’t worry! You have until November 15th to ship your candy directly to Operation Gratitude. Visit the Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy webpage for all the details on what to ship, where to ship and even letter writing tips for you and your child to send a special note to the troops.

If you want to give locally and treat families to a sweet treat, drop your Halloween candy off to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa BayJust call (813) 254-2398 x317 for details, or drop the candy off at the Tampa Ronald McDonald House on Davis Island during regular business hours.


When you have company over, instead of buying candy to fill your candy bowl, just use the leftover Halloween candy. Nothing like pawning it off on our friends.

Sharing is caring. Ask your child’s teacher if they need Friday treats. Then send your leftover Halloween candy their way. Or save the candy to use at the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts popcorn and cookie sales tables. Or call your local fire department to see if they can use the extra candy. When all else fails, bring it to your office and share it with your co-workers.






Save money and use the Halloween Candy to stuff your child’s birthday piñata. Or fill those birthday party favor bags with the sweet treats.
Open up those packets of Skittles or M&M’s and use them to reward your toddler during potty training.
Mix the candy corns, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Halloween pretzels and other trail mix munchies for an easy and filling snack. It goes great with football!


Site-LogoHave you heard about the Switch Witch who visits your home, much like the Tooth Fairy, and collects your child’s candy in exchange for a toy? She usually visits on Halloween night, but there’s nothing like a few extra days for the kids to enjoy the treats of their labor. If you want to introduce the Switch Witch tradition in your home, visit the Switch Witch website for details. Personally I won’t be introducing another fantasy character to my kids. I already struggle with the fact my kids not only believe in the Tooth Fairy, but they also write her notes and expect a note back. I can’t add witch notes to my to-do list. However, the Switch Witch or even the Halloween Fairy is another creative option parents have when it comes to ridding our homes of the candy.


A Halloween frozen concoction. Freeze your favorite candy bars and sprinkle them on top off your ice cream sundae.

There’s nothing like a frozen candy bar on a hot day. Store your favorite candy bars in airtight containers, or in heavy-duty freezer bags, and they should last about 12 months. If you want to cut them up in pieces before freezing, then you can toss them on top of ice cream or into your next milkshake.

It’s a fun tradition to enjoy the sweet treats of Halloween. Now let’s do the trick of making the candy disappear. I hope these ideas help you put your candy to good use. Please add your own ideas for getting rid of leftover Halloween candy in the Comments Box below.


Bright calls Tampa home after spending 17 years in New York City. Originally from Atlanta, she graduated from FSU with a B.S. in Communications. Prior to a career in Motherhood, Bright worked in a Manhattan advertising agency, as well as a popular cable TV network in Promotions and Sponsorships. She also did Public Relations for a national urban ministry. Bright is now a stay-at-home mom who is married to her best everything, has four active kids and is passionate about moms! She recently joined the premium skincare line, Rodan + Fields as a consultant and launched her personal blog. She loves to play tennis, grab a coffee with friends, write to encourage others and unwind with a favorite TV show. You can get to know her better on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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