A few more Halloween candy ideas:
- Do science experiments with it! (Be sure to click the link – I LOVE this website, it is such a nerdy, Mom Unplugged thing!)
- Send it to troops overseas for them to pass out to local children. For more info, go to the Operation Gratitude website, but basically just send your candy (plus an optional but very welcome $11 to cover the cost of shipping overseas) before December 8th to:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, California 91406
ATTN: Charlie Othold
You can also send it anytime to Operation Shoebox at this address:
8360 E Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420
(Keep in mind that soft or chocolate candy might not travel so well, especially to a hot climate.)
- Find a local dentist who is participating in a Halloween Candy Buyback program. Participating dentists give your kids $1/pound of candy and then they send it to troops overseas! Go to the Halloween Candy Buyback website to do a zipcode search for participating dentists in your area. Consider encouraging your children to donate their dollars to a charity that interests them.
- Save it to use on a holiday gingerbread house. Check out the Flickr Gingerbread House Showcase for inspiration.
- Some food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters accept candy. Be sure to call first to find out if yours wants it.
- Buy inexpensive cellophane party favor bags and make pretty little candy packages. Tie the top with a scrap of ribbon or yarn and donate them to your local charitable thrift store for them to sell. Great stocking stuffers for someone!
- According to this article in the Wall Street Journal Online, some Ronald McDonald Houses accept candy donations. Call your local Ronald McDonald House to find out.
- Of course you can always do a Candy Bank too, and then use one of these ideas as the final destination for your traded candy!