Do you already know you’ll have more Halloween candy than you know what to do with? Fear not: Kidlist has you covered! Once your kids come down from their Halloween sugar high, we are here to help you find a worthy cause for that excess candy in your house. Many local dentist offices veteran programs are willing to take your candy and send it to our enlisted troops. Some dentist offices even offer a buy back program. There’s also a veteran program you can ship your candy to directly. This is a great way to share with your kids the idea of giving back!
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).
You can also mail your donation to Operation Gratitude directly. Sign up on the website as an individual, and they’ll email you all the information you need to ship your donation.
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 5, 2021.
Eagle Falls Dentistry
76 Stratford Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Running from November 1 through November 16, 2021, 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.
McCall Family Dentistry
November 1-6, 2021; see website for hours
407 Williamsburg Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
McCall’s Family Dentistry’s Candy Buy Back program supports Operation Gratitude and other local military organizations. Kids can bring in unopened candy and will receive a goody bag with a surprise amount of money inside! You can also bring in letters or coloring pages for the troops.
12 W. Schaumburg Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60197
November 7, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
November 7th is the official buy-back event, but candy can be dropped off any time November 1 – 15, 2021, during office hours. They are also collecting donations of other items for the troops listed in the flyer on their website.