After a month of fun collecting candy, the day after Halloween many are left with the same question – what on earth do I do with all of this candy!?!?! While eating it is always the most tasty option, it’s not always the best. Here are some alternatives that don’t include your kids bouncing off the walls into December.
Treat’s for Troops
Treat’s for Troops is a great organization that has multiple drop off sites throughout the Metro Detroit area. Once collected, businesses ship the candy to Soldiers’ Angels. They then pass the collected candy to deployed service members and veterans. Please note: They do not accept any chocolate.
Buybacks are held at local businesses, traditionally but not limited to dental offices. With the goal of removing excess Halloween candy from kids while supporting our troops, the Buyback is a great platform to help multiple causes! Some local buisnesses participating are:
Blue Water Family Dentistry (Fort Gratiot)
Christopher J. Manduzzi, D.D.S., P.C. (Utica)
Aaron S. Johnson, D.D.S., P.C. (New Baltimore)
Click here to find a local buyback near you.
Take Treats To The Office
Everyone loves a good Hersey’s bar during a hard day at work. During October’s LittleGuide LIVE, Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Trauma/Burn/Injury Prevention Program Manager Lisa Vitale mentioned that nurses, doctors and hospital staff enjoy having a sweet treat on hand to grab. Drop it off yourself or find a medical staff friend to bring it in for you. Ronald McDonald Houses also accept candy and there are two locations in metro Detroit – Ann Arbor and downtown Detroit.
Bring it to a local food bank
Use it for gingerbread houses!
From one holiday to the the next. One of our favorite traditions is to use any leftover candy on our decked out gingerbread houses.