Halloween is Saturday! That means no more zombies, no more ghosts, and no more CANDY…wait what? After attending Boo at the Zoo, Park a Boo, trunk or treats, birthday parties with Halloween themed candy-filled pinatas, and oh yeah – Trick or treating! We are MAXED OUT ON CANDY! I thought “what could I do with all this CANDY?” To just throw it away may be an easy answer, but it is a WASTE! So here are four ways to get rid of your leftover Halloween candy:
Four Ways To Get Rid Of Leftover Halloween Candy
Let’s be honest. Unless you child has food allergies and you have to inspect your children’s candy (see Cara’s post on this) then the whole “inspection” process is just to pick out your favorites! I am quick to grab all the Twix and Kit Kats and hide them in my own personal stash – don’t judge me:)
Next time you bake brownies, add a chocolate bar or two in the middle and VOILA! Instant OOEY GOEY Brownies!
PLAY WITH IT
Art, math, science! There are so many ways to play with your leftover candy in fun, educational ways! Get creative, get messy and have fun!
Check out our Leftover Halloween Candy Board on Pinterest for recipes and play ideas!
I called around and found a few local charity organizations that are willing to accept your unwanted candy. NOTE: Candy MUST be individually wrapped – no homemade items (rice krispies/popcorn balls, etc) and no trinkets (spider rings, tattoos, etc) *
- Bridge House/Grace House (1160 Camp St, New Orleans)
- Bridge House/Grace House is a local substance abuse treatment facility (near and dear to my heart!) The donations will be distributed to clients currently in treatment AND to the homeless in the area. Please drop off at front desk.
- New Orleans Mission (1129 Baronne Street, New Orleans)
- The New Orleans Mission provides food, shelter, clothing and spiritual guidance to the city’s homeless, hurting and hungry. Items donated will be distributed to the local homeless in the area. Items can be dropped off at front desk.
- Ronald McDonald House (4403 Canal Street, New Orleans)
- The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families of children being treated medically in the New Orleans area. Items donated will help to stock the pantry! Items can be dropped off at front desk.
- Second Harvesters Food Bank (700 Edwards Avenue, Harahan)
- Second Harvesters will ONLY accept candy still in large bags! So if you overbought for trick or treaters and didn’t open the big bag yet, they will take them off your hands! They are unable to accept individually wrapped pieces. Items can be dropped off at front desk.
- Kool Smiles (locations in Gretna, Clearview, and Gentilly)
- Kool Smiles will give kids a toy for every 25 pieces of candy they donate to Operation Troop Treats until November 5th. Candy will be donated and placed into care packages for our men and women serving overseas in the Armed Services. More Information
- Halloween Candy Buy Back
- In addition to Kool Smiles other local dentists are participating in Halloween Candy Buy Back, you can check the website to see which ones!
- Esplanade Mall Candy Buy Back
- Starting November 1st through November 5th from 1-3 pm, in the mall’s center court, you will get $1 per pound of candy.
So as you go through the MOUNDS of candy and pick out all your favorites and save a few for the kids, please consider one of the above options for the rest of it!
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