What to do with those Halloween treats? That is a particularly big dilemma for many of us because we tend to buy the candy that we like. We reason that if something is left over, it might as well be something we enjoy, but what a downfall that can be if the quantity is more than a few pieces. Especially with the holiday season upon us, we don’t want to start adding the additional pounds so soon.
- So, if you find yourself in a quandary, here are a few practical ideas to turn those sweet morsels into something that does good:
- Unless the candy is marked with Halloween décor, you can save it to place in small bags as favors for Thanksgiving. Think of including these along with donations for turkey dinners provided by many organizations to the needy
- Keep those same candies to stuff in Christmas stockings for children in shelters (homeless shelters, organizations helping abused women and their children, etc.)
- Give the extra candy to assisted living facilities or nursing homes that can distribute it to residents who are not diabetic or have food restrictions
- Give to organizations that provide daily meals to the needy
- Give to homeless shelters or juvenile facilities
- Drop off candy to fire stations and police headquarters in appreciation to service personnel
- Drop off candy to your local hospital or clinic for children who were unable to trick-or-treat
- Give to a mental health facility for their residents
- Contact your local National Guard or military facility to donate candy to local or overseas personnel
In all cases, contact any organization before dropping off your donations. Be sure to give your name and address if the candy is not in an original bag. Recipients need to know that you are giving candy in good faith, and that it has not been tainted in any way.
And, if you don’t want to explore any of the above suggestions, make little bags of candy, tie a ribbon around them, and deliver them to shut-ins, neighbors who might enjoy a little extra snack, your mail carrier, or even attach to the outside handles of trash receptacles as a special treat and thanks to sanitation workers for their service
Want to know more about Halloween candy in general? Check out the video for some interesting facts.
Happy (leftover) Halloween!