When Halloween is over, you will more than likely have leftover Halloween candy. Whether it came from your child’s trick-or-treat bag or your own candy stash that you tried to hand out to trick-or-treaters, your sweets collection will be tempting. To avoid eating it all yourself, use one of these creative ideas to get rid of it!
Save the Halloween Candy For the Next Holiday or Birthday
One way to get rid of Halloween candy is to save it for the next holiday. For example, candy that is not wrapped in seasonal colors or prints can be used again at Thanksgiving as a special dessert. Or, you can use them in Christmas stockings. Extra candy can also come in handy when you’re decorating a Gingerbread House. Your Christmas cookies can also benefit from melted chocolate or other candies as unique toppings.
A birthday party can get an upgrade with a pinata stuffed with leftover Halloween candy or you can fill favor bags.
Find Another Use For Sweets
Candy can be used in many other forms. Do you like mocha coffee? Try melting a few chocolate candies to sweeten your morning cup of joe. Or, you could crush a few candy bars for a fun ice cream topping. Upgrade your movie night popcorn by mixing in a few candy bars pieces or M&Ms.
This allows you to still enjoy the candy but not overindulge and eat it all in one sitting.
Get Involved in a Buyback or Donation Program
Many neighborhoods offer a “buyback” program. These programs exist through Halloween and Christmas. They are meant to send candy to people in need or military members overseas. Not only are you getting rid of the candy, but you might even make a little money back!
Operation Gratitude is an organization that accepts donations year-round including Halloween candy. Read over their guidelines and donation forms to find out the deadline for donations this year.
Check with local family dentists as well. They usually offer a fun “trade in” promotion where you can trade in candy in exchange for services, toys, or other items. Halloween Buy Back has a location finder to turn in your candy at an office near you.
Decorate With Candy
Consider whether you can use your Halloween candy leftovers as decor! For example, you can separate M&Ms by color to layer inside a mason jar. You can use them as a Thanksgiving centerpiece. I like to fill mason jars with candy corn and add a tea light on top. Not only am I getting rid of candy corn, I am making a cute dining table centerpiece.
You can also use hard candies, especially solid colored ones, to make a wreath. Expiration dates won’t matter if you’re decorating with candy, so you can use them next year too.
This Halloween Candy Wreath from Uncommon Designs is a perfect example as to what can be done with leftover Halloween candy.
Halloween candy can be enjoyed, but it can also be donated, reused, or saved for another holiday. You can get creative with leftover candy so that you don’t eat it all yourself. Share with others or sweeten up your snacks.
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