We take it to a dentist who buys it and ships it to troops overseas. Before we hand it over, my kids take a picture of their haul and, for under a dollar, have a print shop make a 14- by 17-inch poster
Amy LeachMenomonie, WI
Starting when he was 3, my son, now 10, has performed experiments with extra candy. We first put pieces in jars with water, white vinegar, or vegetable oil, then we advanced to test tubes. He takes notes, and we have many photos from over the years, because a scientist needs to record the results, of course.
Pamela J. MillerNew York, NY
My son decorated a gingerbread house with most of his sugary treats. He won first prize in a contest!
Pam Cox JutteCharleston, SC
You can freeze practically all candy (especially the chocolate varieties), so I keep what's left over for baking desserts, including a family favorite: "mix-up" brownies.
Shannon HolmesSomers, CT
Erica KnightsRuckersville, VA
A friend suggested this approach: fill small generic favor bags with a mixture of surplus Halloween candies and donate the bags to a family homeless shelter. It makes it easier for children living there to have birthday parties.
Jessica WeatherheadHopkinton, MA
Using just candy and toothpicks, our family has an annual competition to make the best statue. Our creations become centerpieces on our table (we toss them after a week). Themes we've tried include scariest monster, tallest tower, and silliest creature.
Michelle KaderaPlacentia, CA
Originally published in the Octobert 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.