9 Ways to Use That Leftover Halloween Candy
October 26, 2021
October 26, 2021 | By Erika Veduccio and Kara Murphy | Macaroni Kid
Halloween is all about the costumes, the boos, and of course the C-A-N-D-Y!
Going door-to-door (or trunk to trunk!) dressed in costumes with family and friends is fun and a great tradition, but let’s be real — it’s all about those fun-sized treats!
Plus, did you know Halloween is the ultimate day to indulge without the guilt? (That’s official.)
But all that candy may be overwhelming and, despite our best efforts, we can’t eat all of those chocolate bars after they’ve gone to bed — right? But we’ll give it the ol’ college try!
If you do have leftovers, what can you do with the next-day sweets?
We have ideas! Nine to be exact. Here’s what you can do with all that extra Halloween candy starting Nov. 1:
1. Donate to troops or first responders
Operation Gratitude distributes Halloween candy to deployed troops, local military units, veterans, and first responders all over the world — providing a sweet opportunity for grateful Americans to thank those who serve our nation. You can sign up as an individual, group, or business and send your candy to Operation Gratitude. Want something closer to home? A group called Soldiers’ Angels lets you search by zip code to find a location near you to donate.
2. Support a good cause
Many charities take candy, not just after Halloween but after Valentine’s and Easter too. Call your local food pantry, homeless shelter, or nursing home to see if they would like a donation of unopened Halloween candy.