What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy: Candy Buy Back and Donation

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:

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

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.

Want to find more kid-friendly Halloween activities and events in the western suburbs?

Check out our Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide!

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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