Happy Halloween! I’m currently sitting on my couch, watching the Patriots and looking at the large bowl of candy sitting by my front door. As usual, I over-estimated the number of trick-or-treaters I was going to get and bought way too much candy. Now the question is what to do with all of this leftover candy. Here’s a few suggestions:
- Bring the candy to your office and share the “wealth,” especially if you work in a service type industry and lots of different people will be coming in and out of your doors.
- Make goodie bags for your kids sports teams or clubs.
- Send it to Operation Gratitude. They package the candy into care packages for soldiers stationed overseas and the children in the communities they patrol. Mail packages to: Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Attn: Charlie Othold
- Bring candy to local dentists who are participating in a candy buy-back program. Participating dentists will buy back extra halloween candy for $1 a pound and donate it to Operation Gratitude. You can find a participating dentist at www.halloweencandybuyback.com.
- You can also donate the candy to local homeless shelters, fire departments, and/or police stations.
Tips for next year:
- Buy your candy at the last minute.
- Don’t buy your personal favorites.
- Keep the number of trick-or-treaters you got this year in mind so you don’t over buy next year.
- Consider giving out stickers or other small gifts instead of candy.
- Keep in mind how many trick-or-treaters you got to help estimate how much you will need for next year.
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
-Alicia and Nikki