Monday, October 28, 2013

What Do You Do with Unwanted Halloween Candy?

Eco-novice considers a Halloween dilemma.

Halloween is just a few days away and I've been making my preparations for the Switch Witch's visit. My children leave all their candy for the Switch Witch on Halloween night, and in return she leaves them a gift and a small quantity of better (less bad) candy. I can handle my children having extra sugar for a few days but hold the chemicals please! Sometimes the gift is a toy. This year it is a gift card to Barnes & Noble that I received for my birthday. My kids love picking out a book at the book store (or thrift store, or library book sale).

But then the question remains, what to do with the unwanted junky candy? 
  • Should I collect it from my kids the second we get home so I can give it out to other trick-or-treaters?
  • Should I give it out on other candy holidays? There are so many these days, sadly.
  • Should I mail it to the troops?
  • Throw it in the trash?

What do you do with your unwanted Halloween candy?


All Natural Katie said...

We don't go trick-or-treating, although we will in the future as our baby grows up, but if I do have any candy that we do not eat, then I sent it to work with my husband or I used to take it to my work. said...

Save the pretty ones to decorate a gingerbread house in December. The candy and house will get all stale and dusty and then it can all go into the trash.

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

Love the gingerbread house idea! My husband has taken all kinds of unwanted food (even just leftover dessert) to work -- it's amazing/ disturbing how food just evaporates from the break room in any office, isn't it?

robbie @ going green mama said...

Love the gingerbread house idea. The chocolate ones usually get frozen and used for holiday baking!

Eco Yogini said...

donate!! :) weirdly I just wrote about this yesterday. :) The Food banks around here accept candy donations.

Stacey Tackett said...

You could go trick-or-treating early and then take the candy they collected and give it back out to the trick-or-treaters that come to your house.

Green Bean said...

My kids are too old now to let us do much more than put a daily limit on the amount of candy they consume. When they were younger, we'd hand it back out, as Stacy suggested, or send it to my husband's work. Candy here never lasts long enough for gingerbread houses but I do love that idea!

Christy said...

I run a "Lend a Hand" club at my children's school and our post Halloween project was to make treat bags to give to the local Christmas fund.

Sandra Harriette said...

It could always be preserved in resin (just a theory) and made into some kind of art project. I'm sure you could find something if you were to Google "art projects with candy." Surprisingly, there are some things that never go bad. Chocolate might not hold up so well.


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