Trick or treat… and treats and treats and treats! We love Halloween and all the fun this time of year has to offer, but sometimes we are left with lots of extra candy. So what to do with leftover Halloween candy after everyone’s picked their favorites out of the bowl? Read on for options for Halloween candy buy back to pay it forward with that candy.
What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy
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. Check out Operation Gratitude’s interactive map for a donation drop-off spot near you. This is the easiest way to donate, both for you and for Operation Gratitude!
Drop-off in Downers Grove
Dr. Eric Jackson, Kidlist Sponsor and amazing dentist for the entire family, has partnered with Operation Gratitude and will be collecting extra Halloween candy to send to the United States Armed Forces as part of their Halloween Candy Give-Back Program! Drop off your donated candy at their office during posted business hours from October 26 through November 7. No need to be, or become, a patient of their dental office… just drop it off! Oral Health Care Professionals, 2033 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515. We brought our candy their last year and it was super easy. Help them beat last year’s whopping total of 326 pounds!
Mail Your Donation
You can also mail your donation to Operation Gratitude directly. Candy must be shipped no later than November 9, 2018. 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
The Frankfort Park District is collecting Bite Size Halloween Candy for the residents at the Veterans Home in Manteno. Bite Size Candy is the #1 item requested by the residents at the Veterans Home. So kids, bring in your leftover and excess Halloween Candy to be donated to the retired Veterans at the Veterans Home in Manteno. You can drop off candy at the Frankfort Park District, 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.
Special Buy Back Opportunity in Oak Brook
From November 1-15, bring your Halloween Candy to the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road; Oak Brook Tennis Center, 1300 Forest Gate Road; or Oakbrook Orthodontics, 17W727 Butterfield Road in Oakbrook Terrace.
Oakbrook Orthodontics will not only send your candy to deployed troops, but this year’s program will also benefit the Oak Brook Park District Sandlot – A Universal Playground. For every pound of Halloween Candy collected at the park district facilities, Oakbrook Orthodontics will donate $1 to the playground. Families dropping their candy off at the office location may also request that their buy back earnings go to the Sandlot.