I love a good peanut butter cup, but the overwhelming amount of the candy Halloween and fall festivities bring equates to too many cavity nightmares and sugar hyped up children!
What can you do with all that overflow of candy? Put it to good use! These programs get your extra sweets into the hands (and bellies) of service members and veterans:
Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops Program will ship your donated candy to deployed service members around the world or distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country for a sweet treat.
Operation Gratitude: Using their site, you can find a local drop-off location for the sweet treats that will be distributed to veterans, first responders and deployed troops.
Halloween Candy BuyBack: Buybacks are held at local businesses, traditionally but not limited to dental offices. With the goal of removing excess Halloween candy from kids while supporting the troops. Find a location near you.
Here are some additional alternatives to a candy laden Halloween or Fall Festival:
Teal Pumpkin Project®: The Food Allergy Research & Education started a program raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Instead of candy, you can check out their ideas for non-food treats.
The Switch Witch ™: The story, written by parents of a child with food allergies, encourages children to leave their candy for a witch who trades them for something special. They are partners with the Teal Pumpkin Project® and Operation Gratitude.
How do you handle Halloween, Fall Festival festivities and candy consumption?
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