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What to do with leftover Halloween candy

Oct 20, 2021 | Celebrate, Halloween | 0 comments

Trick or Treating might be over, but the Halloween candy is still around. What do you do with the Halloween Candy? Do you let your kids keep it and eat it whenever? Or maybe you take it and they can have some here and there?  Does it become a family free for all?  Have you wanted to do something different? We started this new tradition with leftover Halloween candy and now my kids are eager to give it up for something better. So if you want, here are some Tips & Tricks we’ve found and do with all that leftover Halloween candy that has worked for us.

If you haven’t watched my video about The Great Pumpkin, watch it here. This is the first thing we do to get our kids to give up Halloween candy for something “better”.

Now you have all this candy and might not know what to do with it. Here are a few solutions we use.

Get the candy out of the house

If you don’t want the Halloween candy in your house there are a few ways to get it out.

  • DONATE – You can donate to a lot of different online sites that use it for a good cause, like OPERATION SHOEBOX, they are currently accepting Halloween Candy to send to troops.
  • Local Dentists will do a “buy-back” candy option. Check to see if your dentist does this.

Keep the candy and use it

If you want to put the candy to use in your house and want some ideas, here is how I sort it and put it to use in our home. First, I always sort the candy by taking out any of the Halloween-specific candy so that kids don’t find them. Then I get a few large ziplock bags or grocery bags for sorting the candy.

  1. The first bag is for everyday use – road trips, the mommy store, making trail mix, or even school snacks. Usually, I keep the fruit snack bags for this because they are a more healthy option.
  2. The second bag is for making candy Lei’s – lollipops are a great one that I like to put in there or mini candy bars, gum, hi chews, or anything small.
  3. The third bag is for excess candy – This is all the candy that isn’t very specific, but it can be used for so many different things. Here’s a list to get you started on ways to use it.
    • Homeschool projects, or Learning.  They work great for money, counting, colors, shapes.  You can easily use skittles as dye, science experiences for different candy melting, or things like that.
    • bright fun colors like skittles and M&M’s for fun cooking ideas.  Candy Rice Krispies.  Chocolate bar minis placed into the middle of cookies or brownies
    • Neighbor gifts, super fun and easy and save on money going out and buying more candy or treats to hand out to neighbors.
    • Elf on the shelf fun.
    • Gingerbread houses.
    • pinata. Use it for a homemade pinata.
    • Party favor bags. Add some candy into your fin party favors for a kid’s birthday party.
    • DIY advent calendar– lei style, or cup. If you want to see how to make the Leis, I have a demonstration HERE
  4. The fourth bag is for larger candy – If you save the large candy, it can be used on date nights either with your spouse or with the kids.
  5. The fifth bag is YOUR favorites – it’s simple, just stash them away somewhere only you know for a rainy day 😀

I hope that you had an amazing Halloween and that you had fun and stayed safe. Thanks for joining us here at the Ohana Adventure!


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Rachel is a vlogger and stay-at-home mom! When she's not filming fun videos for the "Ohana Adventure" and the "Rach Bennett" channels, she is sharing amazing lifestyle, travel, parenting, and homeschool tips here on the blog.

Jase is an entrepreneur, surfer, skater, fisherman, and the best dad ever! When he’s not creating silly Reels (@jasebennett), you can find him sharing adventures on the blog & great entrepreneurial tips on his podcast: The Decode.


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