What To Do With All That Halloween Candy

by Aubrey on October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!  Tonight is the big night where our kiddos candy dreams come true!  :-)  Now it is our job to figure out what do with with all of it before it ends up in their little tummies!  First things first, inspect the candy and take all the ones momma plans on eating, am I right?  Find a great hiding place for it – nice and high, then have a look at this list of 10 ideas for what you can do with all that candy after the jump!

10 Ideas For All That Halloween Candy

  1. Have the Toothless Witch buy it.  My sister-in-law told me about this idea and I’m excited to give it a try this year.  The idea is kind of like the Tooth Fairy.  She has her kids pick a few pieces of candy out of their basket and then leave it out for the Toothless Witch to take.   Explain to your kids why the Toothless Witch is toothless (from eating all the candy).  The Toothless Witch then leaves money or a little present in it’s place.
  2. Get creative and make some candy art.
  3. Save the candy to make gingerbread houses.
  4. Many dentists/orthodontists will pay money if your give them your candy.  Check here to see if there is a dentist near you.  They generally pay up to a $1 a pound.
  5. Throw it away!  (My hubby’s idea)  ;-)  So it’s true, there is some candy that just isn’t worth saving.
  6. Bake with it!  M&M’s or chopped up candy bars are yummy in cookies.
  7. Take it to work (or send it with your hubby) to put on your desk at work for everyone else to eat.
  8. Recycle the candy by putting it in a piñata or reusing it for Christmas.  Also, if you have been to a few different Halloween parties take the candy that you’ve already been given and hand it out to the trick-or-treaters that come your house.  (This is my favorite!  It saves me money too!)
  9. Send it to the troops.  Last year my husband’s coworkers boxed up a bunch of candy to send to a family member in Afghanistan.
  10. Help teach your preschooler sorting and counting while playing with the candy.
Please share ideas that you may have!  Have a fun and safe Halloween!
Aubrey

 

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

palak October 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

Love the toothless witch idea!

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Colleen November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Coolest website ever…..
http://www.candyexperiments.com/

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Destri November 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Oh Colleen – you saved me! My son will love this! Thanks so much for sharing – will post on our facebook page and newsletter too!

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Colleen November 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

Aweeeee Thanks! Yeah we love that site!!!

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Christie @ Pathtothehalf November 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

We let the kids “buy” new toys with it. I set up a Halloween Store with mostly dollar store items and my 4 year old and 2 year old got to buy them using the candy as money. 10 pieces buys a coloring book, 7 pieces buys a small pack of crayons, 15 buys a toy for our dog. Now we have no candy! Yay! Problem solved. After reading your post I think we will allow them to pick 10 pieces to keep and then let the toothless witch trade each of their full buckets for a new toy each. Thanks for the ideas!

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Natalie Tycksen November 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Great ideas! My kids save 25 pieces and then before December first we make a countdown chain for each child with Saran Wrap and ribbon. :). Gets rid of a lot of candy and they are excited … Because it is still there’s.

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