“‘Twas the day after Halloween, and all through the day, every creature was gorging on candy – it must go away!” – Kim
Seriously. I feel as though I’ve been eating candy and treats for weeks on end, and my pants feel the same way. And, I may or may not be
pilfering sleep walking for a dip into the candy bucket at midnight, 2AM and then again at 4AM. I’m a mess. Clearly, it’s time to figure out what to do with the truckload of extra candy that we should not be consuming.
Here are a few creative ideas:
1. Save a stash for gingerbread house decorating. We’re always looking for candy around the Christmas Holidays and gingerbread house decorating is one of our favorite activities during that time. A fall house isn’t such a bad idea either. What a great activity for the kids at Thanksgiving!
2. Pretend you are running your own Starbucks. Drop a chunk of Milky Way or Three Musketeer or other candy into hot chocolate or hot coffee. Stir to melt. Or, use this recipe. Either way, thank me.
3. Party favor loot. These scarecrow candy necklaces would be a huge hit at Thanksgiving!
4. How about a fun candy scavenger hunt? Check out this one put together by Mique, from Thirty Handmade Days and download the free printable.
5. Advent calendar – My kids love these as a countdown to Christmas and I was already thinking of making my own this year. This might possibly the only year that I have ANYTHING ready for Christmas in November. Check out easy instructions for this one.
6. Help out the hungry, Skinny Turkey or trade it with the Great Pumpkin. The idea of this is that the kids choose to trade in some of their candy for another purpose -In the case of the turkey, it’s fattening him up for Thanksgiving, and in the case of the Great Pumpkin, the child receives a small gift in exchange from the Great Pumpkin. I’m pretty sure my kids will be able to see right through this, and would immediately call a mutiny, but they are such cute ideas – perhaps one of you can use them.
7. Bake with it. There are umpteen recipes involving leftover Halloween recipes. I’m a little partial to these
Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls or this Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bark. The later would make a great gift for a teacher or co-worker at Christmas!
8. Donate it. Many dentist offices participate in a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, in which candy is donated to our troops. Or, you can send it directly to the source through Operation Stars and Stripes or Operation Shoebox. If you are feeling thankful (Thanksgiving is on it’s way!) maybe take a look at other items our troops might need and send those along too. It’s that easy to sweeten some one’s day.
Is there anything I’ve missed? What do you do with your leftover candy?