Did you go overboard with the amount of Halloween candy you purchased for potential trick-or-treaters? Did your kids hit the ultimate jackpot and you need to repurpose some of the goofs before they overdose on sugar? No worries, we have some creative uses for leftover Halloween candy.

Candy Buy-Back Programs:

Check your local dentists for buy-back programs or events in which you and your kids can bring extra Halloween candy to participate. Local Bluffton Pediatric dentists have been known to host events like this that include bounce houses, live music, local food trucks vendors and more. All you need is at least one pound of candy for free entry!

Donate to Troops:

Operation Gratitude and Soldier's Angels are examples of programs that allow you to send candy to soldiers that are stationed overseas. Sometimes these little treats from home can make a homesick soldier's day.

Local Charities and Shelters:

Check your local shelters, food banks, or other charitable organizations to see if they need any extra candy to use in holiday gift baskets or other uses for their clients.

Save for Delivery Drivers:

The Holiday's right after Halloween are a busy time for delivery drivers as they are working extra hard to assure those Holiday gifts arrive in time. Why not have a little treat for them as they deliver all those packages to your house to show your gratitude. 

Schools and Churches: 

Schools and churches have after-school programs, youth group events or holiday festivals that they may find use for some extra candy donations.

Re-Purpose the Candy:

Use the extra candy for a baking recipe. For example, mix all the chocolates into brownies, cookies or even melt them into a fondue and dip some strawberries in it. Extra candy pieces could also serve as some decorations for gingerbread house decorations.

And, if you have tried all these options and still have too much candy, don't forget the option  of freezing your extra Halloween candy and eat it on another day. Just remember, that candy does have an expiration date eventually so it may be wise to make note when you froze the candy to make sure it will still be good when you thaw it out later to enjoy!

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