Have you ever wondered what to do with the surplus of candy in your house after Halloween? Fear not: Kidlist has you covered! Once your kids come down from their sugar high and crash, we are here to help you find a worthy cause for that excess candy in your house. Many dentist offices and veteran programs are willing to take your candy and send it to our enlisted troops. Some dentist offices even offer a buy back program. This is a great way to share with your kids the idea of thoughtfulness and giving back to our troops!
What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy
Donate to the Troops and Veterans
Operation Gratitude hosts a yearly Halloween candy drive so that they can include treats in care packages for U.S. military service members. Consider signing up to host your own GIVE-back (with help from friends, neighbors or your kids’ school organizations). Donor registration period opens between August 24-October 31, 2020.
You can also mail your donation to Operation Gratitude directly. Candy must be post marked no later than November 13, 2020. Here’s the address:
OG Candy Processing Center
ATTN: Halloween Candy
8967 Oso Ave – Building D
Chatsworth, CA 91311
A few tips for donating:
- Line your boxes with big plastic bags to safely ship loose candy, or place the candy into zip-close bags.
- Separate candy from other donated items (dental floss, travel toothpaste (1 oz), pens and mechanical pencils).
- Separate hand-written thank you letters from candy to ensure they are not ruined in shipment (place in an envelope or separate plastic bag).
- Fill out the Donation Form before you ship your items.
Frankfort Park District
Bite-size candy is the most-requested treat by residents of the Veterans Home in Manteno, so the Frankfort Park District is collecting it! Bring your leftover candy to be donated to the retired veterans to the Frankfort Park District’s Founders Community Center at 140 Oak Street by November 6, 2020. Click here for more info.
Eagle Falls Dentistry
76 Stratford Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Running from November 2 – November 14, 2020, Eagle Falls is accepting your leftover candy, donations of candy, and toilet paper. Their staff will do all the heavy lifting, and hand-deliver these items to Great Lakes Naval Base.
Halloween Candy Buyback
With this program, dentists “buy back” kids’ Halloween candy with cash or prizes, then donate the candy to the troops.
Band & Wire
November 2-5, 2020 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
433 E. Ogden Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
This is Band & Wire’s first annual Buy Back program, which supports Operation Gratitude. You will receive $1 per pound for up to 5 lbs of unopened candy.
McCall Family Dentistry
Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
407 Williamsburg Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
McCall’s Family Dentistry’s Candy Buy Back program supports Operation Gratitude and the Lake County Honor Flight. Kids can bring in unopened candy and will receive $1 per pound donated, up to five pounds. The first 75 children to donate will also receive a coupon for a free meal from Chick-fil-A! Masks must be worn and only one family will be allowed to enter the office at a time. You can also bring in letters or coloring pages for the troops. The office is also collecting nonperishables for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.
12 W. Schaumburg Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60197
November 1, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
November 1 is the official buy back event, but candy can be dropped off any time November 1 – 15, 2020 during office hours. They are also collecting donations of other items for the troops listed in the flyer on their website.