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What to do with Halloween Candy

on October 31, 2012

After paying a Candy Tax (hey, I need to get compensated for supervising), my kids always have a ton of candy left after Halloween.  If you are looking to avoid some of the sugar rush, here are a few things you can do.

Donate candy to our TroopsOperation Grattitude accepts candy to send to the troops.  They ask that you separate chocolate from hard candy (chocolate will melt in hot climates).  If you want to help them along, you can include a donation of $15.00 which will cover the cost of a care package sent to the troops.



Check your local dentist – Some dentists sign up to buy back candy from kids and then donate the candy to Operation Gratitude themselves.  Each dentist is a little different in what they offer your children for the candy. Click here for a link where you can enter your zip code and see if your dentist participates.

Bake some treatsReal Simple has some great recipes that can use some of the kids candy.

I generally divide up their loot.  All that they don’t like we donate to Operation Grattitude.  They then earn $5 that goes into their charity fund.  Each year in December the kids decide what charity to send the funds to.  When they do this, they then get to have half of the money in their saving fund go into their spending fund. Then they get to have 2 treats a day, but only after homework and studying is done.

What are you all doing to do this year?

3 responses to “What to do with Halloween Candy

  1. Erika Corry says:

    I love the idea? But tell me again- they have a Charity fund, a Savings fund and a Savings fund? When they get little bits here and there – like from grandparents or something, where does that go? What do you have them do to make money, etc?
    We are constantly trying to find the “right” way to handle the kids’ money- I’d love to hear about how other moms do it-
    And we are totally (!) doing the candy for the troops stuff through our dentist 🙂 brilliant!

    • Karin says:

      I could make a lengthy and long post about our trials and tribulations regarding our kids and earning money, but I will give you the basics. We have Savings, Charity, and Spending. I use iallowance on my iphone to track it. They get one dollar each week into Savings and Charity. They have chores they are required to do without pay and ones they get paid for. We like to stress that being part of a family means that we all pitch in together. They are responsible daily for making their beds (really just pulling the sheets/comforter up), clothes into the hamper,hanging backpacks/jackets up and putting their shoes into a basket. All other chores are paid. We have them divided up by ages (my kids are 10 and 12). Money that they get from birthdays and holidays, get split between savings and spending. I will work on a more detailed post so you can see what we are doing.

      • Erika says:

        Wow! thanks Karin for the ideas- we have the same system here for the most part but we aren’t as organized as you- I totally agree on having “chores” that are unpaid and others that they earn money for- tell me more when you get a chance? I know we’re all so busy so take your time 🙂

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