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8 Clever Things to Do With All That Halloween Candy


What do to with all that Halloween candy? Here’s 8 clever ideas to do with that bucket of treats!

8 Clever Ways to Use Up Your Halloween Candy-

1. Play the Halloween Candy Counting Game!

Who doesn’t love counting all your Halloween loot? Now there’s a fun and easy way to see what kind of Halloween candy you got and how much!


  1. Print off the Halloween Candy Counting Game Printables
  2. Once you are done trick-or-treating, sort all your candy by type.
  3. Count up each different type plus the extras and see who wins!

Since you’ll have so much candy, read on to find a great way to share it….

Halloween- Candy- Counting- Game

2. Donate the Candy to the Military

Did you know that the US troops LOVE receiving candy and treats? Operation Gratitude collects candy for the deployed troops and first responders. Last year they received over 533,000 lbs of candy!  You can help break that record this year by donating extra candy to the troops.

Host a Halloween Candy Drive! 

I’m so excited to be hosting a drive this year for locals, so if you live in the Salt Lake/Davis County Utah Area, I’d love to ship your extra candy to the troops! Please contact me at [email protected] for drop-off details.

If you aren’t local, but still want to be part of the Operation Gratitude, here’s some helpful info:

Click here for info to host your own drive

Click here for information on where you can find a drive near you if you don’t feel like hosting a drive. 

Donating extra Halloween candy to the military is a great way to serve and share the sugar wealth with those who do so much to serve our country.

Local friends–I’ll be collecting extra candy November 1-November 1oth. Please contact me at [email protected] for drop-off details. Can’t wait to send a huge old box of candy to our troops with your help! 

Halloween Candy-donate extra candy to troops

3. Have the Switch Witch come!

Have you heard of the Switch Witch? I first heard this clever idea from my cousin a few years ago. The “Switch Witch” is a nice witch that comes to take the extra Halloween candy and switch it for something else. So it’s a win-win! The children get something fun (like a new small toy) and parents don’t have to deal with sugar-infused hyperness of their children.

Check out these cute printables Paging SuperMom shares:  You can grab them here.


4. Go Reverse Trick or Treating

October 31 is the day for trick or treating, but November 1st is a great day to go reverse trick-or-treating. What’s Reverse Trick-or-Treating? You can read all the details of Reverse Trick or Treating Here , but basically you take treats to someone. So….

Instead of asking for treats, you give them away!

Think: an elderly person, someone in the hospital, a widow, or someone else who could use some extra cheer! And bonus…. you can even dress up one more time and get extra use out of those cute costumes!


5. Save it for baking!

Halloween candy makes for some great baking mix-ins. Here’s a few recipes you will love using that Halloween candy!

Yummy Rolo or Snickers Cookies 


M&M Gingerbread men cookies 


6. Use Halloween Candy to Decorate Gingerbread Houses for Christmas

You can use stale or old Halloween candy for gingerbread houses at Christmas time! Or use it decorate sugar cookies!

7. Use it in a pinata for a birthday or holiday party.

Save yourself some money by stashing away extra Halloween candy for a birthday or holiday party. Pull out the candy when you’re ready to fill a pinata or make favor bags.


8. Eat it. And don’t feel guilty.

Everyone deserves a little treat now and then. Save a secret stash of candy when you need a little pick-me-up.


Now tell me, what do you plan to do with all that Halloween candy? Leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your great ideas!


Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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