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Halloween Candy Buy Back Program: Declutter Excess & Old Candy

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Today's declutter mission is to declutter excess Halloween candy you've got in your house, either that you bought too much of and didn't get to pass out to trick or treaters, or that your children collected from their parties and other holiday activities.

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Ideally, this is an annual 15 minute mission that you'll do about a week after Halloween.

A week of extra candy seems about right, but after that let's be real. Aren't you tired of the candy yet? If nothing else, you and your kids have already probably eaten the favorites so everything else that is left is just extra calories and cavities waiting to happen without much enjoyment.

So, today's the day to get rid of it.

Halloween Candy Buy Back Program: Giving Candy To The Troops

You've got lots of options for what to do with this uneaten candy.

I'll discuss many of these options below, but one of the most popular is the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. At the link is the official website for this nationwide program.

It was started by a dentist in 2005, and since then many dentists have joined to participate.

The idea is that kids bring in their candy and dentists "buy it" back from them. The payment isn't always monetary. Each dentist gets to decide how they'll buy it back, and they could give money, but also exchange it for toothbrushes, etc.

The dentists who collect the candy then have partnered with another group, called Operation Gratitude, where the ship all the Halloween candy that they buy back. The Operation Gratitude group then creates care packages for the troops overseas, which include candy, toothbrushes, and other items.

So basically, the candy doesn't go to waste but it doesn't go in your kids, or your mouth either.

The website for the program (see the link above) has a way to search for a buy back program that is close to you. All you have to do is put in your zipcode.

This can be a fun activity for the kids, and help them to give back instead of just hoarding all their candy, plus it declutters your home and your waistline! Win, win, win!

I've got a couple more ideas below for more ways to declutter your Halloween candy.

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Other Ways To Use Leftover Halloween Candy {Or Get Rid Of It}

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As cool as the Halloween candy buy back program is, I know it might not be convenient for everyone to do.

So here's even more ideas for how to get rid of your excess candy, plus tell me in the comments even more ways you've thought of to accomplish today's decluttering mission.

Donate It:

Halloween candy is food, so you can donate it just like any other food to a food pantry or similar charitable organization, using all the same common sense rules.

Obviously, no opened candy, but individually wrapped treats are the norm for this holiday so it isn't too difficult to follow this rule.

Here's a photo, below, from a reader, Dee Dee, who donated all her holiday candy. She said, "Over 5 lbs of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas candy that is going to the police department with the hubby tomorrow!"

Decluttered holiday candy, from Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, that was donated to a local police department {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Take It To Work Or Church:

Leave a free bowl of candy at church or work, giving people a treat so you don't eat it yourself.

Give Treat Bags To People:

You could package up excess candy into treat bags and give them to individuals such as your mail carrier, garbage collectors, etc. that provide a service to you frequently, just as a thank you for them.

Idea for using up excess Halloween candy to give it to others, so it doesn't stay in your house! {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Recipes Using Leftover Halloween Candy

There are so many creative recipes people have made that use up leftover Halloween candy. Here's a link to a round up leftover candy recipes.

Trash It:

This suggestion can irk some people that don't like to waste food, but it is a possibility.

If you find yourself trashing a bunch of candy though each year I'd strongly suggest in the future you do less trick or treating with your kids or buy less candy, because really just throwing stuff away isn't all that ideal.

But honestly, trashing it is better than eating way too much of it either, since that also isn't that good for you.

Ideas for what to do with your leftover Halloween candy, besides eating it {part of a 15 minute daily decluttering mission on Home Storage Solutions 101} #Declutter365 #HalloweenCandy #ClutterControluse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

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Comments for Other Ways To Use Leftover Halloween Candy {Or Get Rid Of It}

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what to do with the excess candy
by: Donna

My girls loved to trick or treat and we always had excess candy. Aunt Kelly loves to bake so all the candy she needed to make cookies made its way into the freezer (the M&M's, the Hershey Kisses, the Peanut butter cups, the Milky Ways, the Rolos and Kit Kats just to name a few)

Then the girls would make treat bags for friends and neighbors who didn't have kids, some of those treat bags went into their packed lunches, I loved when they got drink boxes and bags of chips cause the always used them for lunches.

Lastly the rest of the candy, we took to the local library and they always have a bowl of candy filled for the kids while we are looking for a book, this saved the librarian from having to purchase some.

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