It’s November 1st, and Halloween has officially ended. As the spooky festivities fade into memory, we’re left with an array of sweet treats that might seem endless. So, what do you do with all the leftover Halloween candy?
If you’re like me, having too much candy can be dangerous. Dangerous for your waistline and dangerous for your children who become candy-craving little monsters, But fear not, for this article is your guide to making the most of your leftover Halloween candy.
Check out this list of what to do with leftover Halloween candy!
1. Donate It!
Believe it or not, many places would love to take your leftover Halloween candy. Donate to:
- Local food bank
- Homeless shelter/group home
- Children’s Hospital
- U.S Military Troops
- Mental Health Facility
- Nursing Home
- Ronald McDonald House
2. Gingerbread Houses
Christmas will be here before you know it! Use some of that extra Halloween candy for decorating gingerbread houses.
3. Holiday Baking
With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, plenty of baking can be done. Who can turn down an M&M cookie or, even better, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cookie? Yum!
You can also use other candies and chop up other candies to use in recipes such as Snickers, Milky Way, Kit-Kats, etc…
4. Birthday Party Goodie Bags
If your child is having a birthday party between November and April, use your leftover candy as party favors.
You can even freeze the chocolate candy, and it lasts a long time.
Pinatas are fun for birthday parties, family events, and even the holidays. Use your leftover Halloween candy to fill your pinata.
6. Trail Mix
Are you looking to make a salty and sweet trail mix? Use leftover M&Ms, Reeces Pieces, or other leftover Halloween candy to mix with nuts and raisins for a delicious trail mix.
7. Bring Leftover Halloween Candy to Work
Bring in some of your leftover candy to your job. Depending on your company’s policy, you can leave it in a lunch area, put a bowl at the front desk, or give it to your clients and/or coworkers.
8. Dentist Office
When you think of getting rid of excess Halloween candy, a dentist’s office might not come to your mind. Many dentist offices will let you exchange your leftover Halloween candy for something else. Contact your child’s dentist’s office and see if they participate in a candy exchange.
9. Refurbish it
Purchase some holiday candy molds for future holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Use your leftover Halloween candy to melt down and use in the molds. Use your “new” chocolate candy as gifts for your child’s teacher, coaches, bus driver, etc…
Chop leftover candy up into little pieces and freeze it. Use it during the winter as toppings on your hot chocolate. Use it during the summer as toppings for ice cream sundaes.
10. 100 Days of School Project
Save it for 100 days of school projects. Many schools celebrate the 100 days of school and will have children collect or make a poster of 100 things. You can hot glue the candy to the poster board for the 100th day of school.