What To Do With All The Halloween Candy

Hi Friends! The day is almost upon us in which we will head out with our kids for some Halloween fun! If your neighborhood is anything like ours, your kids will return home with arm loads of Halloween candy! The small pieces of candy we got as children have been replaced by full size bars these days! Most certainly the kids will already be a little sugared up as they eat some of their candy while trick or treating, and will be wanting to tear into more candy the second they get home. Like many parents, we are faced with the question of what to do with all.the.candy?!!

I thought I’d do a little list of ideas for getting ridding of, I mean managing the candy! No one likes being Scrooge on Halloween, but let’s face it, our kids are given opportunities to eat candy all the time, not just Halloween. So if there is some ideas to maybe lessen the candy load, I’m all in.

Candy Buy Back Program

Several dentists in our area sponsor a candy buy back the days after Halloween. Some dentists allow kids  to bring in their candy and have it weighed. Based on the weight, usually per pound, the kids receive money back for the exchange! This is a great opportunity for the entrepreneurial child to earn a few dollars! Maybe a trip to the dollar store after the exchange would be an extra motivation to turn in the candy!

Halloween Candy for the Heroes

Similar to the buy back program mentioned above, some businesses collect candy donations to send to U.S. troops. Often times, the business will give a coupon for their store in exchange for the candy. What a great way to encourage kids to think of others! To find a business in your area that participates in the program, check here.

Switch Witch Tradition

This is one of my favorite ideas and I really wish I would have started this when the kids were little! Children leave their candy on the front porch and the Switch Witch comes in the night to take the candy and leaves a gift! There is a cute storybook and doll set available to encourage this tradition. So cute!!


As the kids get older,  it is harder to have candy magically disappear. They are sorting and counting every piece, so I can’t exactly hid a bucket full of candy! But I have come to the realization that it is sometimes easier to let them enjoy the fun on the night of Halloween and have enough candy that their bellies can tolerate!

We can all remember sorting through our candy as kids and making trades with siblings. Why deprive them of this night?! Sometimes the luster of candy wears off once the kids get a chance to indulge. I’ve found that the kids stop asking about the candy after a few days. I usually throw in a piece a couple of days of week in their lunches and that satisfies their candy needs for the day!

****MOM TIP: Make the healthiest dinner possible on Halloween night! ****

Save for Special Treats

In years past, we’ve made a fun recipe using leftover Halloween candy. Make a big batch of your favorite brownies or cookies and throw in some chopped up pieces. Great way to use up a lot of candy!

Another idea is to save some candy to bring to the movies! I usually throw a piece or two in my purse so we don’t end up buying the HUGE boxes of candy available at the theater.

Eat The Candy For Them

If all else fails, take one for the team and eat the candy for the kids! #kiddingnotkidding It’s just for safety purposes right?! Maybe your kids will be generous enough to share their candy with you. This helps to lighten their load!


What do you do with all of the candy that comes home? Share your ideas below!



  1. October 30, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Our dentist office had the trade in program. The kids could get toys and items for trading in their Halloween candy. My kids loved it! Ultimately we usually have a day or two of free reign and then we throw out the rest. Before we did that my kids tired of it on their own in about that amount of time and I would find bags in their rooms that I threw out anyway. I teach my kids a lot about making healthy choices but I also believe there has to be some balance and joy in life.

    • Jaclyn
      October 30, 2017 / 9:35 am

      I agree-it’s about balance and learning to make healthy choices! Happy Halloween!

  2. October 30, 2017 / 11:21 am

    How cool about the dentist trade in program! That’s genius!

  3. October 30, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    OMG I love all of these creative ideas but especially the last one! ha ha πŸ˜‰ Will let you know which way we decide to go! Happy Halloween!

  4. October 30, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Great ideas! Love the buy back and the switch witch!

  5. October 30, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    The dentist trade in is a great idea! We definitely ate a ton of candy on the night of halloween when we were younger, but I imagine I’ll be eating a fair share of my toddler’s candy this year since he’s still so young!

  6. October 30, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I was just saying tonight about taking it to the dentist!! I can’t eat all that candy ha!

  7. October 31, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Haha, I certainly don’t have a problem eating the candy for them πŸ˜‰

  8. October 31, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    I typically eat the majority myself…. though I suppose this year my waist line might need the break. Maybe I’ll check out our local dentists office! lol

  9. Aly Funk
    October 31, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Haha! Totally agree with the last one πŸ˜‰ These are great ideas!

  10. October 31, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    We always let our kids have a small treat with their dinner each evening. During the year, it’s typically a piece of dark chocolate, but the month or so after Halloween, they love the variety they get to have!

  11. November 3, 2017 / 12:08 am

    Wow, I had no idea that there were candy buy back programs. What a great idea!

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