Too Much Halloween Candy: What to Do

Our readers' best creative ides for what to do with excess Halloween candy!

Candy Illustration by Jessie Ford
Support Our Troops

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 Leach
Menomonie, WI

    Use the Scientific Method

    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. Miller
    New York, NY

      Create a Halloween House

      My son decorated a gingerbread house with most of his sugary treats. He won first prize in a contest!

      Pam Cox Jutte
      Charleston, SC

        Bake a Batch of Goodies

        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 Holmes
        Somers, CT

          Donate to Kids in Need

          Every November for Operation Christmas Child, we fill shoe boxes with little gifts, including hard candies and lollipops saved from trick-or-treating, as well as small toys and school supplies. Doing this has really helped my kids to focus on the importance of looking to the needs of others.

          Erica Knights
          Ruckersville, VA

            Help the Homeless

            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 Weatherhead
            Hopkinton, MA

              Turn Candy Into Art

              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 Kadera
              Placentia, CA

                Originally published in the Octobert 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.