In just a couple of days, little ghosts and goblins throughout the western suburbs will be loading (and re-loading) their treat bags with mounds of candy. It’s a thrill that rivals the most haunted of houses! But once the kids’ sugar rush has worn off, moms and dads are often left with a major Halloween hangover, wondering where to hide that huge stash of leftovers. Fear not: Kidlist has you covered!
What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy
Support the Troops and Oak Brook’s Universal Playground Project
This article is sponsored by Oak Brook Park District, which is offering a great opportunity to donate candy!
Did you know Americans purchase 600+ million pounds of Halloween candy? This year, you can put all that candy to good use. Oakbrook Orthodontics and the Oak Brook Park District have partnered for a candy buy-back program that benefits your family’s teeth, the troops, and Oak Brook’s Universal Playground Project.
From November 1–November 8, families are encouraged to bring their excess Halloween candy to our Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road; Tennis Center, 1300 Forest Gate Road; or Oakbrook Orthodontics, 17W727 Butterfield Road in Oakbrook Terrace.
For every pound of Halloween candy collected at the park district facilities, Oakbrook Orthodontics will donate $1 to the playground. All of the candy will be sent to deployed troops.
Donate to Operation Gratitude
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).
You can also mail your donation to Operation Gratitude directly. Candy must be shipped no later than November 8, 2019. Here’s the address:
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
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.
Candy Collection for Veterans in Frankfort
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. Click here for more info.
Halloween Candy Buyback
With this program, dentists “buy back” kids’ Halloween candy with cash or prizes, then donate the candy to the troops. Check out the Halloween Candy Buyback website to search for dentists participating in the program near you, then contact the dentist’s office for details about their program.