I have a confession. I’m a sugar addict. Seriously, I have a major sweet tooth or more like TEETH. And having Halloween candy in our house is hard to resist. I just can’t say no, especially to the chocolate stuff. Please tell me I’m not alone. Do any of you relate? Well, fret not I found our solution.
Even though we are careful about what we choose to participate in at Halloween, we don’t disengage completely. We look for opportunities to redeem the experience. We pass out candy and take our boys to fall (spook & evil free) community events as a way to get to know our neighbors so that we might be able to share the good news of Jesus with them. No matter what Halloween looks like for your family, there’s a good chance you’re kiddos will end up with more candy than they need. So, what do you do?
Just get rid of it. No not in the trash!
Here are a few ways to put your Halloween candy to good use:
Save Halloween Candy for Advent Countdowns
I don’t know about you, but I love to save money. So, why go out and buy pre-made advent calendars with candy, when your kiddo has a bag full of free candy? The day after Halloween we have our kiddos pull out their treats and try to find 25 different pieces. Then we have them put those pieces into a ziplock bag which we hide away until Dec 1st.
Pull Out Hard Candy for Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. We love to participate in this every year. It is a simple, yet powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship.
Here’s how it works…
- Individuals, families, churches and groups fill empty shoeboxes with a “wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy and notes of encouragement.
- Boxes are then collected during National Collection Week (Nov. 16 – 23) at more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
- Finally, Samaritan’s Purse and its partners will deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries.
Use Halloween Candy to Support Our Troops
If you want to do something different with all that Halloween candy this year, then consider participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back.
- Participating dentists buy back kids’ unopened Halloween candy for $1 per pound at a scheduled event (click here to find an event near you).
- Dentists then send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups.
- Operation Gratitude will distribute the candy to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way.
Don’t let your kids eat all that Halloween candy this year or you either for that matter. Put it to good use. You’ll be glad you did.