Well, another Halloween has come and gone. Parents did you, I mean your kids, get a lot of candy this year? My kids really racked up! We probably have enough candy to make it to next Halloween. Now don’t worry, I’m not here to tell you that candy is bad for you or make you feel guilty about letting your kids enjoy it. We already talked about our crazy sugar consumption in another post.

No, I’m here to tell you about some alternative uses for candy that you may not know about. So if you find yourself with candy left over after your kids have had their fill, try a few of these ideas from Kid’s Health and let me know how it goes.

1. Turn candy into money. Tell your kids they can trade in candy for a new book or toy. Make it fun by using a scale to weigh your stash — for example, maybe you could earn a book for every pound of candy you trade in.
2. Recycle. If you have a birthday party coming up, use excess candy to fill up goodie bags.
3. Send it on a mission. Halloween candy can be included in care packages sent to soldiers halfway around the world. Your child could even draw a picture or write a letter to place inside the package.
4. Try reverse trick or treating. Make a trip to a local charity that accepts candy donations. You’ll feel great, and your child will get to see the value in helping others. Some ideas include your local nursing homes, food pantries, children’s hospitals, veterans’ homes, or women’s shelters.


For a complete listing of these ideas and others, check out kidshealth.org. Now…on to Thanksgiving!