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.

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

In addition to canned and boxed goods you can also donate uneaten candy to your local food pantry, such as Gleaners. Click here to find a local food bank near you.

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.