5 Ways to Repurpose Your Leftover Halloween Candy

When Halloween has come and gone, along with the neighborhood’s trick-or-treaters, you might find that you have more leftover candy than expected.

While you can of course treat yourself to a few pieces of Halloween candy in moderation, a big bowl filled with endless goodies might be too much temptation to resist in the coming weeks.

Rather than keeping all of those sweets to yourself, here are 5 different ways you can repurpose your leftover Halloween candy this year.

5 ways to repurpose your leftover Halloween candy

  1. Donate your candy to U.S service members.

Several organizations across the U.S collect candy donations to send to military members overseas. Operation Gratitude holds an annual Halloween Candy Give-Back and receives as much as half a million pounds of candy each year! Operation Shoebox also accepts candy donations at any time throughout the year and includes the candy in every care package they deliver.

  1. Send a candy care package to family members and friends.

While you might have an abundance of leftover Halloween treats, others might have run out during trick-or-treat before they had a chance to enjoy some themselves. Share your bounty by sending leftover candy to your kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors.

  1. Participate in a Halloween candy buy back.

Local dentist offices frequently host candy buybacks after Halloween to collect excess candy from kids (and adults!). They will accept leftover candy in exchange for hygiene kits, coupons, and even cash. Excess candy is then donated to food banks or other individuals in need.

  1. Donate your candy to a local food pantry, homeless shelter, or nursing home.

Rather than throw away your leftover candy, you can call local organizations that serve those in need to ask if they accept Halloween candy donations.

  1. Show your gratitude with a candy gift basket to send to a teacher, healthcare professional, etc.

If you notice someone in your life who works extra hard caring for others, express your gratitude by making them a candy gift basket. You can send it in the mail as a care package, or deliver it to their place of work.


Repurposing your leftover Halloween candy can help keep you on track towards your wellness goals during holidays and special occasions. For more information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays, check out our Healthy Lifestyle Calendar filled with Holidays for Healthy Habits.

Published on October 18, 2023