Five Things to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

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What has happened to Halloween? Judging from television, nothing has changed from the glory days of dressing and walking up and down every street in the neighborhood, knocking on every door (except for the obligatory “haunted house” found in every community), and collecting gobs of candy upon screeching “trick or treat!” But judging from reality, parents are finding alternative, safer(?) methods of giving their kids sugar comas. Which leaves those of us who decorated the house, dressed up, and bought bags of candy in preparation to both scare and delight the throngs of Deadpools and Harley Quinns in the lurch to clean up and somehow dispose of pounds of candy. What to do?
 
Return it. If you have unopened bags and a store receipt, you may be able to return the candy. If the candy is specifically Halloween themed, you may be turned away or only receive current retail price which is probably 10-50% of the price you paid.
 
Donate it. Check with a local food bank to see if they can use the candy. Also consider the kids in the hospital who didn’t get to participate in Halloween festivities. Or just ask around your friends and family to see if there’s a family in need. Yes, I know no one NEEDS candy, but candy can make someone happy in unfortunate circumstances.
 
Take it to work. Share your leftovers with your coworkers. A little mid-day sugar rush may brighten the mood and relieve strained office politics.
 
Gift it. If the candy doesn’t scream Halloween (see what I did there?), put it in a nice container, wrap it up, and give it as a birthday or Christmas gift.
 
Eat it. Not all at once. Limit yourself. Especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, we don’t need the extra calories. Get creative with the candy. Consider what you might use it for before tearing into it and gobbling it up like a pterodactyl. Bake it into holiday cookies and brownies. Chop it up and use it as an ice cream topper. Add it to your trail mix. It should last for months, so don’t panic. Too bad there isn’t a time-release device to parse it out until Easter.
 
One thing NOT to do with Halloween candy is let it sit on a shelf for months if it’s not in sealed wrappers. I once opened a mini peanut butter cup two months after Halloween, and a moth flew out.
 
What super ideas have I missed for using leftover Halloween candy? Let me know in the comments….

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