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Halloween Leftover Candy Ideas

Anne Kolker • MS, Registered Dietitian • Oct 28, 2011
Now that you have divided up the candy and created several days of candy treats, what do you do with the rest of the candy. Most kids collect way more candy then they can or should eat. And if you have agreed on a certain number of days for candy treats, you will certainly have leftovers.
Now you are wondering what to do with all that extra candy.  If you leave the candy laying around the house, it can be a source of continuous temptation for the children and even the adults!
I have created a list of things to do with the extra candy and each year the kids and I pick one idea off the list.  This way the children feel like they are part of the decision in what to do with their candy.  It also helps teach children to learn the value of sharing, helping others and donating.


Leftover Candy Ideas and Tips

leftover candy ideas to avoid temptation

Here are some ideas for Halloween candy leftovers:

  • Take the leftover candy to your work to share in the break room.
  • Consider buying back some or all of the remaining candy. This might make your child feel good and it provides a treat in the form of spending money.
  • Put the remaining candy in a plastic bag and keep it in a cabinet in the kitchen for a later event. Remember the saying, “out of sight out of mind.”
  • Freeze the candy for baking goods later.
  • Share it with other parents for piñatas often used at children's parties.
  • Use the candy at Christmas time for a gingerbread house.
  • Donate it to a local shelter.
  • Send it to the troops.
  • Donate it to the school for an arts and crafts project.
  • Throw it away.










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Written by Anne KolkerWritten on Oct 28, 2011Last updated on Aug 24, 2013




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