Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Donate That Excess Halloween Candy

IMG_4472Right now I have three oversized bags of candy hidden on a shelf in my kitchen, waiting to be opened on Halloween. I’m sure my children are thinking that they will be eating everything that remains after I pass out most of it to the waves of tiny princesses, goblins and super heroes on Friday night. My kids don’t get a lot of candy, but they aren’t feeling neglected either. I’ve always asked my kids to divide their candy into a pile to keep and a pile to give away.

I understand the logic that there is no such thing as “leftover candy.” I do think there is something as too much. I also understand that Halloween candy seems to have an infinite shelf life. Even though every event doesn’t have to be a lesson, I feel that when my children are faced with an obscene amount of treats, it is exactly the time to make sure something is given back.

Military care packages are always a beneficial way to support deployed men and women. Some Northern New York dentists will actually buy back candy and send it on as part of Operation Gratitude. The children will usually receive about $1/lb. for any unwrapped candy. This organization isn’t the only option for sending gifts to military troops.

If you feel that your kids have received too much of a good thing, there are other ways to donate candy. It may not be the first thing your kids’ teacher will want to get, but ask to see if the local school accepts candy donations. School policies vary, but some teachers do use treats as  incentives or holiday gifts. Churches and other charities sometimes provide goody bags during free community meals such as Thanksgiving.  Nursing home residents may not be able to get out and often like to have  sweets on hand for visitors . If they are on a fixed income, a little extra treat will be appreciated.

Sweets don’t last long in my household. I have freezer space cleared in the basement for my private stash of peanut butter cups and I’ll paw through my kids’ candy for items to use on the gingerbread house.  I’ll also be on the lookout for those holiday discounts and make sure someone else can benefit from all this candy bounty. Happy Halloween!

Photo of Adirondack Chocolate Company used with the permission of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.


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