How To Get Rid Of Your Halloween Candy

If you are anything like me, you took your child our trick-or-treating, and you collected far more candy than your child could or should ever eat.  My son loved trick-or-treating so much this year, we collected the equivalent of three of those jack o’lantern pails.  He’s not going to eat one of them let alone three.  This leaves us searching for ways to get rid of all that candy.  If you arent’t eating it yourself (surprisingly, I’ve never taken anything from my son’s Halloween haul), here are some suggestions to get rid of it:

1.  Donate It

There are plenty of charitable organizations like the Ronald McDonald House or Soldiers’ Angels who will gladly accept the candy and provide it to children or soliders.  These are just two examples.  A simple Google search could discover more, or if you have a favorite charity send it to them.

2.  Sell It

Increasingly, there are places that will either give you cash, coupons, or swag in exchange for your excess candy.  You can find places that participate in these programs by vising Halloween Candy Buy Back‘s website.

3.  Save for Christmas

Look, in about a month or so, you are going to be hanging the stockings by the chimney with care.  Instead of going out and buying a Snickers or M&M’s with a red and/or green wrapper, just stick the candy with the normal wrapper in your child’s stocking.

4.  Use for Goody Bags or Piñata

Sooner or later your child is going to have a birthday, and with it a birthday party.  Instead of buying new candy or going without candy, stick a couple of pieces in the goody bags.  If you have enough leftover, you could even put them in a piñata to add another fun event to your child’s birthday party.

5.  Add It to Breakfast

One way to encourage your child to get them to start cooking is to use the candy to get them to help you make breakfast.  The easiest way to do that is to make pancakes or waffles.  The easiest candies to incorporate are M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces.  Although you could cut up the fun sized candy pieces down to smaller chunks if you wanted.  The easiest way to incorporate the candy would be to drop them onto the unbaked side of the pancake or waffle.  You could also toss the candy with some flour to help prevent the candy from dropping to the bottom of the batter.

6.  Bake with It

There are any number of things you could do with candy in baking.  You could incorporate them into cake or cupcake batter.  Another idea is once the icing is put on the cakes, your child could then stick the candy on the icing of the cake, or you could use a piece of candy as a decoration atop a cupcake.  If you’re really daring, you could make a cake or cupcake in the theme of the specific candy.  It should be noted we did this with my son’s birthday cake last year much to his delight:

For example, make a vanilla cake, put some peanuts and caramel between the layers, cover with chocolate icing, and then stick some chopped up Snickers bars around the cake.

You could also melt it down to make a bark or cover pretzels.

7.  Incentivize with It

Is there an area where your child needs to improve?  Putting toys away?  School?  Manners?  You can use the extra candy as an incentive program to help reward good behavior.  And yes, I mean incentivize.  There’s a fine line between incentivizing and bribing.  Bribing is telling them if they do something, they’ll get it.  Incentivizing is giving it to them without first promising it to them.

8.  Family Movie Night

Instead of going out to the movies, maybe have a family movie night at home.  Rent a new movie the kids haven’t seen, make some popcorn, and give them some of the candy from Halloween.  This way they get some of the movie theater experience right at home.  If you’re able to find a movie on Netflix or HBO, you’ve created a fun night without spending an extra dime.

9.  Bring It to Work

You know if you bring anything to work and leave it out in the open, the vultures around your office will soon circle and clean you out.

10.  Save For Next Halloween

Candy takes a long time to expire.  If you really have that much candy, just save it in a cool dry place and use it to hand out to trick or treaters who come to your home next year.

2 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Your Halloween Candy”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Joel Sherman

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Did you learn more from your best day or your worst?

    I ask because major league teams are at the roster-building portion of the program, and the annual ritual is to study what the best teams did right. So a lot of scrutiny of the Astros and Dodgers is being undertaken.

    But is this backward? Or, at minimum, do the disappointing teams have as much to inform on what to avoid as the successful have to offer on what to embrace? And have even experts been missing this?

    Consider our bookmaking friends. They did great at the very top last preseason, nearly universally picking the six division winners — Astros, Red Sox, Indians, Dodgers, Cubs and Nationals — to have the best records. What came next, though, was less impressive. Often the Mets, Giants, Blue Jays and Rangers were in the next group.

    The Atlantis Sports Book, for example, projected the Mets (89.5 wins) and Giants (87.5) at fourth and fifth highest in the NL in over-under, and the Blue Jays and Rangers (both 86.5) as fourth and fifth in the AL. Those would represent the four most underachieving squads of 2017, finishing anywhere from six games under .500 (Rangers) to an MLB-worst 34 under (Giants).

    So what did they share? All were playoff teams in 2015-16 except the Giants, who made the playoffs only in 2016, but had been world champions three times from 2010-14. In that capacity each of those clubs aggressively traded from its prospect base to try to win now and mostly doubled-down on its core group.

    Where Mets will focus as GM meetings begin
    Where Mets will focus as GM meetings begin
    The ramifications were depleted farm systems and older rosters. In 2017 that proved devastating. More than ever the best teams are going young/athletic and deep with 25- and 40-man rosters recognizing the frequency the disabled list is used now and how vital rest has become, especially for veterans. The quartet of underperformers had not just diminishment in performance due to injury and/or age, but then did not have a next level of players capable of providing cover.

    No team in 2017 used fewer than the Indians’ 41 players, and the Mariners — who also could fall in the disappointing realm for many similar reasons — used a major league-high 61 (the Blue Jays were next at 60). The deficiencies showed up in every area for the washouts, but defense should not be ignored as the Mets and Giants were particularly horrible.

    Thus, the commonality of these teams should scream that it is near impossible to thrive in this era without a strong core of youth and strong depth. Yet all four of those teams enter the GM meetings this week in go-for-it mode again despite continuing to be tied to their shortcomings.

    Of that group, the Mets might have the least Double- and Triple-A talent that could provide help, which was a killer in 2017. Amed Rosario will be the shortstop, but that the Mets are looking for first-base help shows even they don’t believe Dom Smith is ready to help a contender — and, by the way, neither do other teams, so his trade value is not exactly strong.

    Having Rosario and committing to Juan Lagares in center should boost the defense, but that assumes Rosario does not need further Triple-A seasoning and Lagares can actually stay healthy.

    The Mets intend to reinforce their bullpen to better protect their fragile rotation. But the overall plan is to lower payroll from 2017 to ’18, which generally means doubling down yet again on a core group of injury-prone starters and a positional group in which hope is a huge element — hope that Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto can stay healthy, hope that Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki can perform for a full season similar to September, etc.

    That the Mets picked up the $8.5 million option on Asdrubal Cabrera continued to take them back to the future. That expenditure means he is starting at second or third, though he turns 32 Monday and was falling further into a slow-twitch malaise last season. Can some of that be reversed? And even if so, is the best the Mets can hope for from him is for him to be an overall average player — which would be fine if there were a whole lot of sure above-average possibilities surrounding him?

    What the Mets need most cannot be solved in a single offseason. They have drafted many players who have reached the majors in Sandy Alderson’s term, but a good deal were traded in 2015-16 and many of the remainder failed to offer even a serviceable level in 2017 when called upon — and the 2018 forecast for the farm system is that it still will not bring enough athleticism and quality to provide worthy depth.

    Meaning no matter what the Mets do this offseason it will be hard to avoid a similar situation in 2018 as 2017 — a desperation for the serially unhealthy to stay off the DL. I bet Vegas does not fall for them again.

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    who was traded ?

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