10 Creative Ideas For Leftover Halloween Candy

Hope everyone had fun last night!  We had tons of fun.  Bryce was soo excited to get a candy each time he would just squeal with delight.  We saw quite a few Transformers out and about so the neighborhood was well protected.  So now that we have two buckets full of candy it’s time to get creative on what to do with it.


Here are some creative ideas on what to do with all that candy your kids collected on Halloween:
  • Donate it.  There are many opportunities to donate your Halloween candy.  Here are a few that I know of:
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts candy donations for kids. You can search for a local branch here.
  • Many churches and other places of worship have candy drop-offs or accept candy donations.
  • Operation Gratitude sends care packages to troops overseas. 
  • Any Soldier sends packages to individuals volunteers who then pass them on to soldiers who don’t get much mail. That soldier then shares his package with his troop. 
  • Other places to donate would be food pantries, pediatric wards, and nursing homes.
  • Sell your candy.  Our pediatric dentist participates in a candy buy back program every year.  The dentists “buy” the candy from the kids with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, etc.  The dentists then send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military groups.  You can find a participating dentist by visiting http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com and entering your zip code in the upper right hand corner.
  • Another option is to freeze your extra candy.  Chocolate freezes very well and can be stored for up to a year in an airtight container (I use a ziploc bag.)  This is also great because when you want a piece you have to wait for it to thaw :)
  • Christmas is coming up and advent calendars are a perfect use for leftover candy.  Make your own advent calendar or chain and count down to Christmas be enjoying one piece of candy a day.  (You might want to let your kids take turns instead of having a piece every day.)
  • We enjoy cookie decoratingparties during the holiday season.  Pull out the candy that can be used to decorate cookies and save yourself the expense of buying them later on.
  • Use it for crafts Have your kids make a candy wreath by gluing packaged candies onto a wreath.  Fun and decorative at the same time! 
  • Use the candy to decorate your gingerbread houses.  Twix bars could be used for the logs on your log cabin gingerbread house.  Snickers would make cute benches.  Lollipops make perfect trees. Just use your imagination and your gingerbread house this year will be better than ever!
  • Use the candy to bake with.  There are lots of recipes that call for candy.  You can use M&Ms and pretty much any chocolate candy bar to make delicious cookies.  Just chop them up and throw it in your favorite cookie recipe or top your cupcakes with them.  Yummy!
  • Leftover candy is perfect for ice cream toppings as well.  Almost every chocolate candy can be used as an ice cream topping.  Just chop them up when you are ready to use.
  • Share that candy!  You can always take the candy to co-workers or send in with your spouse to his office.
I hope I was able to give you some good ideas for using your Halloween candy.  I’d love to know how you use up your candy too.
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  1. Great ideas! With four kids’s candy, plus the leftovers we didn’t hand out, we’ve got a lot of candy sitting around. I was planning on using some for advent calendars, now I know what to do with the rest.

  2. These are great ideas! I never thought about the advent calendars! What a great idea!

  3. These are great ideas!!!! Followed you over from Blue Cricket Designs.

  4. I love the donate idea!

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  6. Ooooh – I like your suggestions! :)

  7. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday!

  8. Wow! This was a goldmine of information. Thank you. :)

  9. I never would’ve thought to use it for an advent calendar. What a great idea!

  10. Love your ideas!

  11. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  12. These are SUCH great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Strut Your Stuff Saturday! I am tweeting about this post right now! :)

  13. These are amazing! Thanks so much for all the great ideas:>
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  14. What alot of GREAT ideas!! Thanks so much!

  15. Great ideas… we did not get a ton of candy, but I will have to keep these in mind for the future! Thanks for showing off!


  16. Good ideas. Unfortunately, I have already eaten most of it – ha!

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  18. Wow you have SO many great ideas with what to do with all of this candy! So far, I’ve just been eating it lol. I love the Gingerbread and Advent Calendar ideas, but I think my favorite is donating it. I had no idea you could even do that. Thanks for posting!

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  19. These are great! We also give some of our candy to the Thanksgiving turkey so he can get nice and fat. If you want you can check it out here!

    Thanks for the great ideas!
    Lisa @ OTBM

  20. great ideas! i didnt know about the buyback program.. thats awesome!

  21. Yup! We’ll keep some for gingerbread and the rest is going to be donated to a soldier gratitude thing a lot of local businesses are doing. :)

  22. Super ideas! Thanks for the tips. I was seriously considering tossing some…now I know what to do with it! We have FOUR kids HUUUGE bags of candy! Ugh!

  23. I love the idea of making advent calendars with it!!

  24. Great ideas! Although if my daughter is anything like me, our Halloween candy won’t last too long. I am candy crazy.

  25. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing :).

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  26. Fabulous ideas {unfortunately I have already plowed my way through lots of ours!} Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. Sharing on my facebook page. Hope to see you again!
    Jenn :)

  27. I’m posting this to my Facebook page. Great ideas!

  28. Whoops, I mean tweeting it. I’ve already closed FB for the night and am afraid to go on there right now. ;-)

  29. Thanks for linking last week! You were my top view, and therefore you are the Blog of the Month!! :) your button will be up all month! Hope to see you tomorrow night!

  30. Great ideas! Many years I buy extra Halloween candy to put in Christmas stockings! Thanks for sharing this at What’s In The Gunny Sack!

  31. Great ideas! I actually made some cookies today with leftover candy. They were a hit!

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  32. Such great uses for leftover candy! Awesome ideas! I am so happy to have you share this @ Show & Share, thank you!

  33. Thank you for this list. Very useful. I have to admit to hiding the chocolate and chopping it up for cookie add-ins.

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