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Getting Rid of That Truckload of Halloween Candy

Getting Rid of That Truckload of Halloween Candy

Halloween is coming up and the candy is already flowing into the house! Our Philly editor shares some tips and tricks for limiting and getting rid of the sugar and dye filled candy that is inevitable this time of year.


Halloween is coming right up, so how do we avoid the candy hangover?

In our house, we have very stringent rules about the Halloween candy after the holiday has passed. My girls are allowed two pieces on Halloween and one piece the day after that. And then we’re done (until the next junky holiday, which these days, is probably Thanksgiving).

So, if you, like me, don’t mind occasional sweet treats for the kiddos, but can’t stomach the junky preservative, chemical and high fructose corn syrup laden commercial candy, what DO you do with all that extra junk? Here are a few lovely options for the remainder of those trick or treat bags. My advice: save your kiddos and yourself from all that candy and do something worthwhile with it instead.

Halloween Candy Buy Back: Use this opportunity to teach your kids about the value of dental hygiene! Participating dentists will collect your candy and pay the kids for it based on weight. Check out the link above for participating dentists near you. Your kids will be thrilled to earn a few bucks for their piggy banks.

The Switch WitchWay cooler and less annoying than Elf on the Shelf, the Switch Witch needs your kids’ candy to heat her house and all the houses of her witchy friends. There is a book and a doll to go with this particular new-ish Halloween “gimmick”, but you can always just treat it like the tooth fairy and create your own Switch Witch tradition. Think of that special toy or book that your little has been asking for! This is a great time to indulge them and ease the blow of losing the candy loot.

Operation Shoebox: Mail in your candy donation and Operation Shoebox will send it to troops overseas in their care packages. What a great way to show your kids the impact of a simple act of kindness.

Donate it to a Church, Local Homeless Shelter or Nursing Home: Here’s another way to show your kids the impact of their generosity and kindness. Once you identify a local spot, be sure to call ahead and make sure they’re receiving donations.

Make a Gingerbread House for the Holidays: I love this idea (if I can manage to hide the candy from myself long enough to execute). Save your candy for a special family craft project in December! Cull through the candy with the kids and have them pick out their favorites to use for a gingerbread house in just a few weeks. Just think about it: Pink candy Nerds will make amazing rooftop sprinkles or pink flowers for a flower bed!


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Mollie Michel is a South Philly resident and Philadelphia public school parent. A recovering non-profit professional, Mollie is also an experienced birth doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and the mom of two awesome girls and a sweet pit bull named Princess Cleopatra. In her spare time, she is usually trying to figure out how Pinterest works, training for a(nother) half-marathon with her dog at her side, or simply trying to keep up with her increasingly wily daughters.

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