Halloween is just around the corner, and soon kids will begin the exciting tradition of choosing a costume and planning their routes for trick or treat night.
And while parents may question whether they’ve bought enough candy for the parade of trick or treaters, most kids will come home with enough candy to feed a small country.
Whether your kids eventually get burnt out on candy, or you’re worried they actually will eat it all, here are some creative ways you can use all of that leftover Halloween candy:
- Freeze for future use. Place a bag of candy in the freezer and save it for special treats, such as toppings for ice cream sundaes, a garnish for a birthday cake, or to satisfy a future sugar craving.
- Hide a stash in your car. Use it if you need something small to hold you or your kids over as you run them to back-to-back practices and activities. It can also be used on longer car trips to reward your kids for good behavior, getting along with their siblings in the car, etc.
- Save it for the upcoming holidays. Place a bowl of candy corn on the Thanksgiving table, and use other unwrapped candies to decorate a gingerbread house at Christmastime.
- Math lessons. Reinforce math facts with Skittles, M&Ms, candy corn, whoppers and other individualized candies. Candy bars that break into sections, such as Hershey’s, Kit Kat, and Mr. Goodbars, do a great job of illustrating fractions.
- Donate to a charity. Check with your local churches, soup kitchens, women’s shelters and food pantries. Many will take donations for the clients they serve.
- Donate to the military. Our troops overseas love getting care packages, especially those containing sweet treats from home. You can donate directly to organizations such as Operation Gratitude, who accepts candy donations and sends it to those who serve our country.
- Participate in a candy exchange. Many dentists participate in a Halloween Candy Buyback program, where they will give kids $1 for every pound of candy they donate. Candy donations are then sent to troops overseas.
- Use it for gifts. Drop a few in a gift bag, fill a coffee mug, or attach it to a gift box. Your children could also send a care package to their grandparents, or other family members who don’t have kids that trick or treat.
- Fill a piñata. Do you have a child with a fall or winter birthday? Use the candy to fill a piñata that the birthday kids can help destroy and eat.
- Bring it to work. If you work in an office, take it to the break room or place a bowl by the coffeepot. It will be gone in no time.
All of us at Rivers Insurance Group wish you and your family a fun, safe and sugar-filled Halloween.