It's Halloween hangover time and you find yourself staring at those piles of sweets wondering what to do with all that Halloween candy? Consumption is almost unavoidable but here are 8 alternative ideas.
1. CREATE A MASTERPIECE
2. SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
3. MATH WHIZ
Candies come in many colors and shapes can make a great math tool.
- Practice addition, subtraction, counting by fives and tens and multiplication and division.
- Chocolate bars are great for visualizing fractions.
- Sort candy and figure out percentages.
- See how much sugar your kids collected and measure it out to visually reference.
- Try seeing how many calories are in your child's Halloween loot and post it here.
4. CHANNEL YOUR INNER JULIA CHILD
With hard candies, like Jolly Ranchers, I make stained glass cookies. Look them up on Pintrest and you will see a lot of other creative uses for holiday baking.
Check out these cool agate rock lollipops from crushed candy.
Save some candy for decorating your gingerbread house. Halloween candies are typically small and perfect to decorate with.
M&M's are yummy in trail mix or baked into cookies. Add to your favorite granola, nuts, pretzels, raisins and mix.
5. DONATE TO A GREAT CAUSE
- At the Crossroads, they put candy to use by making candy packs that are hand out to clients during nighttime street outreach.
- Blue Star Moms of Marin, Novato, bag candy into quart sized ziplock bags. To make it even more special, have your kids write on index card something like "Dear Soldier, thank you and we are thinking of you!"
- Operation Shoebox
- Ritter House, San Rafael
- Ronald McDonald House, San Francisco
Exchange candy for a book or toy.
7. HALLOWEEN CANDY BUYBACK
Here are some local businesses in Marin who have partnered with other nonprofits:
SweetE Organic, November 1st-5th, exchange for delicious organic, non GMO, allergy-conscious candy without artificial dyes. SweetE will start you off with a few pieces of candy and you can augment those treats with a purchase of your family’s favorites! Halloween candy along with a selection of SweetE candy will be donated to the Ritter Center.
Marin County Office of Education, by November 7th, candy, toothbrushes and cards or other notes to the soldiers, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael.
Ashraf Orthodontics, November 1-2, $2 per pound of candy at their Mill Valley office. All candy will be shipped to our troops.
Nichols Orthodontics, Inc. November 1-2, will give you $1 for every pound for your unopened Halloween candy brought into their Greenbrae office for Operation Gratitude, sending care packages to U.S. Military Troops.
Judy Husen, DDS, is collecting Halloween Candy.
Fill up goodie bags and piñatas for the next party.