10 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

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Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween! We stayed local in the neighborhood and the kids had a blast. If you follow me on instagram than you have most likely seen these costume pics.


As always the kids ended up with tons of candy, so I thought I’d quickly share some ideas for how to “recycle” some of the leftover candy instead of eating it all! I plan on doing several of these for sure.



  • Play sorting games with your kids. Create different ways to sort the candy- by color, by type (i.e. all lollipops, all bubble gums, all chocolate), by brands (all Snickers, all M&Ms, etc).

  • Build things with them- stack them as high as possible, create a maze, a mini fort, the list goes on.

  • Donate leftovers to the homeless shelters.

  • Bake with them. Use pieces for Holiday baking, stuff them into raw cupcake or cookie batter and bake per recipe instructions.

  • Save them for Christmas gingerbread house decorating- Twizzlers, Smarties, M&M’s to name a few make great decorating tools.

  • Freeze it- throughout the year add it to dessert recipes such as milkshakes, cookie dough batter, cakes, pies, etc.

  • Save it to decorate gifts during Christmas and Hanukkah.

  • Use it as a math tool. Count with it, subtract, make learning fun!

  • Save it for your kid’s birthday party- use it for the piñata or in your goodie bags.

  • Donate it to our serviceman/women overseas. Operation Shoebox is just one organization that accepts candy donations for care packages to send our troops.

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Question: How do you handle Halloween candy in your house post trick-or-treating? What do you do with all of it?

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  1. This is perfect! Thank you! Even though we only hit up a few houses, we still have way more candy than we need. My kids don’t need it and I don’t either. I love the tip about donating it service men and woman. One of our local dentist offices is doing that.
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  2. Coco says:

    With my daughter’s November birthday, we usually used some of her haul for goody bags or a pinata. Now I just take it to work!
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  3. really great tips! i would add: donate to your child’s teacher #imightbeateacher lol jk
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  4. Jennifer F says:

    I would always save some of the candy for decorating GingerBread Houses in December!
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  5. I used to give it away after I was done picking out my fave candies lol
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  6. Helen says:

    Great ideas. =) I do the same thing as Kierston. I just give away the candy that I don’t like. With M&Ms, I bake cookies. Other than that, I throw the rest of the candy away.
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  7. These are great ideas :) I’ll have to remember these for when I have my own kiddos one day!! PS – I LOVE your shirt. So cute.
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