6 Fun Uses for Leftover Halloween Candy

Bake It, Save It, Donate It, Play with It!

Candy is one of the biggest draws of Halloween and when the party's over, there can be a lot of it left! There are many things that you can do with all that leftover candy and it doesn't all involve eating it yourself.

Whether you bought the candy yourself or want to use up the kids' trick or treat stash, you will find many of these ideas useful. Create and share delicious homebaked goods or give the candy away to make someone else smile, candy is fun and discovering ways to get rid of it is no different.

Bake It

Smarties cookies
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Halloween candy is a baker's delight! These miniature sweets are the perfect ingredients for baking unique cookies, cakes, pies and other delicious goods.

  • Use M & M's, Reese's Pieces or chopped up chocolate bars in place of the chocolate chips in your favorite cookie recipe.
  • Sprinkle crushed candy on top of cakes and pies for a unique finishing touch.
  • M&M cookies are always a favorite and you can mix and match small chocolate candies in this easy recipe.
  • Turn those miniature candy bars into brownies! This recipe uses them in both the batter and the frosting and it may be a little too good.
  • Bake a pie with Snickers and other caramel candies for the kids who shun pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Make crunchy oat bars with any variety of chocolates and send them off to school in the kids' lunch box or sell them at the bake sale.

Reinvent It

Find ways to turn your Halloween candy into something new and useful and, of course, delicious!

  • Use milk chocolate bars to make s'mores.
  • Use M & M's and other bite-size chocolates in trail mix.
  • Grate up chocolate bars and use the shavings to top off steamy cups of hot chocolate or coffee.
  • Use crumbled candy bar pieces and M & M's as ice cream toppings.
  • Blend fruit candies into vanilla milkshakes.
  • Melt down candy bars and make chocolate covered pretzels, bark or chocolate fondue.

Save It

Candy has a long shelf life, so don't feel like you have to eat all that Halloween candy right now. Save the leftovers and you are sure to find uses for all of it before next Halloween.

  • Stash a bag of your family's favorites to use as stocking stuffers and vacation snacks throughout the year.
  • Bag up all the cast offs and use them as party favors at your child's next birthday party.
  • Save Skittles, Sweet Tarts, gummies and hard candies to use when decorating gingerbread houses.
  • Create candy bouquets for gifts.
  • Make candy baskets for Easter, May Day or as a nice gift for a neighbor or friend who could use a little pick-me-up.

Play with It

When you're sick of eating Halloween candy, play with it instead. There are many ways that you can have fun with candy without eating a single bite. Okay, eat it after you play!

  • CandyExperiments.com has a variety of fun science experiments that you can do with candy.
  • Create candy crafts for the holidays, birthday parties or just for fun.
  • Challenge yourself to games like Candy Elevator from the game show "Minute to Win It." It's a ton of fun at parties.

Trade It

Did you know that you can trade in unwanted Halloween candy for gift cards? It's true! 

Many dentists have programs that will pay your kids for their candy stash the week following Halloween. It helps promote healthy teeth and may save you money during their next dentist visit, so it's a win-win for everyone.

Programs like HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com can help you find a participating dentist. Also, check with your personal dentist or keep an eye out for TV and newspaper ads leading up to and right after the holiday.

Donate It

Do you just want the temptation out of your house? Consider donating your extra Halloween candy to a cause that will use it to brighten someone's day.

There are many charities that are willing to accept candy donations:

  • Food pantries
  • Homeless shelters
  • Operation Shoebox - Sends care packages to military troops.