Halloween Candy Buy-Backs and Donation Spots for All Your Leftover Goodies

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).

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You can also mail your donation to Operation Gratitude directly. Candy must be shipped no later than November 8, 2019. Here’s the address:

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
(262) 674-7281

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.

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Looking for some Halloween fun for the whole family? Check out our Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide!

About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

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