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Where You Can Donate Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Trick or treat jack-o'-lanterns overflowing with candy bars.
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Did your kid bring home enough Halloween candy for five little monsters? Or, did you just not have enough ghouls and beasties to treat with all the sweets you bought? If you’ve got leftover candy woes, you can still give it away!

Donate Locally

Most communities have local places where you can donate excess Halloween candy. Contact your local food pantries and ask if they can use it. You can also contact nursing homes and homeless shelters, too. Do call first, though, to make sure they want it and find out if they have any stipulations.

Some dentist’s offices also do candy buyback programs. They don’t usually give you cash, but they’ll trade toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene items.

One more local option worth looking into is Ronald McDonald House Charities. Contact your local chapter and find out how you can donate your leftover candy to them. Not all children can trick or treat for Halloween, so your donation could bring a smile to one who wasn’t able to participate.

Donate to the Troops

Adults enjoy Halloween treats, too, so consider donating your extra candy to the troops. Here are some options to help you get your candy to some soldiers who are away from home:

  • Operation Shoebox: In addition to Halloween, you can donate those extra candy canes and chocolate eggs to soldiers on Christmas and Easter, too.
  • Treats for Troops: A division of Soldier’s Angels, when you donate leftover candy to this charity, your child can get buyback prizes, and you get a tax deduction form.
  • Operation Gratitude: Get those leftover treats to troops and first responders while they’re working away from home.
  • Operation Trick or Treating for the Troops: Backed by Operation Stars and Stripes, if you go this route, you can sponsor a candy drive in your community. That way, others can donate their candy to the troops, too.

Donating is a great way to send that leftover Halloween candy somewhere besides your waistline!

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