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What Should I do with all my Leftover Halloween Candy?

Updated on October 17, 2012

Do you have a bowl full of leftover Halloween candy? Or do your kids have more candy than they really need? If you're like me, having too much candy laying around the house is way too tempting and terrible for my waistline! Here are some ideas on how to use up all that leftover candy.

  • Take the Halloween candy to your workplace and put it out on the breakroom counter. If your office is anything like mine, the bowl will be empty before you can say "trick-or-treat"!
  • Put a candy bowl on your desk at work; I guarantee that more co-workers will be stopping in to say "Hello"! Just don't put your own hand in the candy jar!
  • Send some with your spouse or significant other to their place of work.
  • Ask your child's teacher or other teachers at your child's school if they would like it. Often teachers use candy or tiny gifts to give out as treat to their students. They will be grateful!
  • Put the leftover Halloween candy in a ziploc bag and freeze it to use next year. Chocolate and other candy actually freezes quite well (up to 18 months). Chocolate can also be refrigerated to extend its shelf life for about a year. Hard and soft candies can do well at room temperature for up to a year - provided that you keep them in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Then whenever another holiday comes up, you can pull out your candy and use it! You can also save on candy by buying it on clearance and storing frozen until the holiday comes around again.
  • Save and use in birthday goody bags for your next child's birthday party. You will save on cost because you already have the candy on hand.
  • Send it to the troops! Check out Operation Shoebox, they are actually requesting your leftover candy. Just mail it to them and they will handle getting it over to the troops. What a worthy cause (they are also in need of other items, if you can help). Operation Gratitude does the same thing too.
  • Put together small "appreciation gifts" for anyone you can think of: the mailman, friends, coaches, etc. You could add something else, like a gift card or other small gift to it if you like. Just a simple way to say "Thank You!"

About the Author

Kristy Rose loves the fall season and enjoys the fun her kids have around Halloween time. She is also passionate about writing, especially on Hubpages. If you want to join the Hubpages community, START HERE and you can publish your first article today!


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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I LOVE your ideas here. Wow! They are all great. I love to share the calories with my co-workers, haha. Why not? They bring their kids' fund raiser candy to work all the time! Thanks. Rated up/U

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a great hub with super ideas on what to do with left overs from Halloween! I hate throwing anything away that can be used later or for someone else - such as schools, troops as you mentioned. I didn't realise that chocolate could be frozen and kept for so long!

      Great hub + voted up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and useful. A great hub with super advice. Here in Riga though we don't have to worry about all of that. They celebrate Halloween which is a new holiday to them that they have adopted mostly in bars. Young teens and adults get dressed up and have fun and children have Halloween parties at school. The art of trick or treat hasn't been explained to anyone here and the children are the ones who miss out. Here it would be great to get some free treats as in the every day world candy can be too expensive to have daily. Passing this on.

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Avery good and wise solution for candy leftover so they are not wasted.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      All great ideas on what to do with left over Halloween candy, if any is left over that is . Great well written hub !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great ideas for things to do with leftover candy. My only issue is NOT having any leftover candy! Between the kids, my husband and myself, we go a little crazy around this time of year....I've also heard some local dentists advertise that they will "buy" the candy from the kids (like a dollar a pound). Then the children don't feel so bad about parting with their spoils. The dentists turn around and donate it to the troops.