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Don't Eat Halloween Candy, Donate It!

As a parent, most of us see our kids come home with a bag full of candy and cringe at the implications of tooth decay, hyperactivity, and just plain bad eating habits.  Sure, they're kids but how much candy do they really need?  So, if you're out trick-or-treating this year and the kids come back with more than they can possibly eat, there are options!  A good option is to donate the candy!


Silicon Valley Dentists Unite on Halloween!

One of the best ways to get rid of the candy is to take it to your local dentist who participates in the Halloween Cand Buyback.  This program has dentists who "buy back" the candy and then donate it to the troops overseas.  With so many soldiers in need of a little taste of home, this is a great opportunity to cut back on the sweets for kids while supporting the troops!  There is another program called Operation Shoebox that also takes candy donations for the troops.


Take It To The Office

I've always taken candy to the office to give to colleagues.  Many people do this as well but it works out nicely in offices where there are a lot of meetings and people are looking for snacks.  I had one year where I brought a whole bowl of candy and it took 3 days to disappear (almost entirely).  Sure, there are some who would rather not have the extra calories at work most folks will appreciate the extra sweets.

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Comment balloon 39 commentsBryan Robertson • October 30 2013 04:53PM


Bryan - Good suggestion.  My daughter always makes sure her children have a nutritious meal just before they go out the door to trick or treat.  She let's them indulge after returning, then like magic most of their candy disappears!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 5 years ago

It is really good advice:)

Actually, I do exactly this for last 2 years and will continue to give candies away:) My kids love 'trick-or-treat', so usually by the end of the night we have bags of candies:)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 5 years ago

Hi Bryan,

Great suggestions..we have some moms willing to accept candy donations and are taking them to the soldiers in Ft. Hood TX!!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 5 years ago

Bryan - Great suggestions on how to not to eat all of that candy, and still share it with others!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 5 years ago

Hi Bryan, what a great suggestion to donate Halloween candy especially to families that could not enjoy candy and goodies on Halloween.  A very kind thought!

Posted by Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Addison Wolfe Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Clever way to make better use of all that candy Bryan. Of course the kids are too young to vote.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 5 years ago

I take candy to the local retirement home.  I started doing it when my mom was there and have continued.  The staff keeps it as a treat for those with a sweet tooth who are allowed candy.  They are always grateful for the donation.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 5 years ago

Those who "take the candy to the office" have been largely responsible for my weight gain over the last dozen, or so, years.  Send it overseas, or throw it in the trash... but please, please, please, don't bring it to the office.  My willpower goes only so far.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 5 years ago

This year I bought packets of Halloween-shaped pretzels instead of candy to give out.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 5 years ago

Hello Bryan,

What a wonderful program - I had not heard of this, probably because I don't have children and the candy issue to deal with.

Happy Halloween!


Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 5 years ago

Great idea, thanks!

Posted by Graig Griffin, SIOR, Commercial Real Estate - Utah and Nevada (Utah Advisors | Windermere Commercial) over 5 years ago

As a veteran I think this is a great cause.  A local dentist collects as much as possible and donates it all.

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) over 5 years ago

Bryan:  We have similar opportunities to "donate" candy in our area too.  Pair them with other more local opportunities offered via park districts, charitable organizations, and municipalities and you have many great options through which you can benefit others.  Much better than cavities and hyper kids!



Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 5 years ago

A little off topic, but I saw on the Today Show yesterday about a lady who will give out a letter to all obese kids to take home to their parents about how they shouldn't let their fat kid go out for free candy so they can get fatter. Priceless!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 5 years ago

Brian: I like that. You can donate it my way. Lol!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 5 years ago

But I can't help but eat it.  Maybe I need to set aside the 100 pieces of candy that gets to my house, eat 3 of them and donate the rest.  So hard to do though.

Posted by Jay & Michelle Lieberman, Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos (Keller Williams World Class) over 5 years ago

Great idea to donate the candy to send to our troops. Anything to cut down on sugary foods for children and adults when there's an abundance of it. Spread the sweets!

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 5 years ago

Bryan, great advice - not only for dental health but great for troops, too!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 5 years ago

What a great idea! I wish we had something like that in our area.  This teaches our little ones a great lesson on how to be generous and share.

Posted by Donny Carter, Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert (Carter & Roque Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Anything in excess usually ends up in the work breakroom, and like magic, it will disappear!

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) over 5 years ago

Thanks for all the great comments!  I'm glad so many folks liked this idea.  We'll be donating whatever we have left from giving candy out.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Donate it.  And while you're at it, go through your kids' playrooms and the garage and get the clothes and toys they don't wear/use and give them to a needier person too. 

You'll be so glad you did.

Posted by Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County (Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA) over 5 years ago

Hi Bryan. Great advice but I like it when children enjoy eating candy this one day. There are other ways to send goodies to troops too. I am a member of Friends of Military Families and that is what we do....

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 5 years ago

I was just thinking about that topic this morning -- the right place to donate Halloween candy.  I don't want to bring it to the office because I work from a home office and I'd like it far away from me :-))  I like the idea of donating it to the troops.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 5 years ago

Bryan, great ideas and love the shout outs to the dentist programs and the overseas programs for soldiers.  We do the same thing with girl scout cookies and when the schools come by selling candy.  We write a check and ask that the "goods" be sent to soldiers.  A way to make a difference that you never know it could be the perfect day to get a goodie box from the U.S.

Posted by Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126 (The Platinum Group Realtors) over 5 years ago

Great ideas! My Grandkis come home with bags full of candy and they dump it in front of them and they do the trade thing with each other.  Way to much for them to eat in a month!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 5 years ago
Great idea to give beck to the community and it teaches kids the value of community which is a lot more important than a sweet tooth. The fun is in thee trick and treating so it is a win win situation. These are the lessons that later on lead to great citizeens.
Posted by Jimmy Faulkner, The Best Of St. Augustine (Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage) over 5 years ago

Great idea! ;) Share and share alike!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 5 years ago

Bryan - I hadn't heard of giving it to the dentists, and yes, there's too much candy here.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 5 years ago

Excellent suggestions. This year I had just a few tiny pieces left over and am taking them to the office, so I don't eat them myself. We had so many kids last night, as I posted on my Facebook page--I might need to take out a second mortgage to pay for all that candy. But we've had quieter years with more leftovers and I will keep your suggestion in mind for the future.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 5 years ago

Not hooked on sweets, candy but as a kid trading for more pay days was fun. Taking inventory of what loot we got in the trick or treat.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 5 years ago

I'm kind of glad my parents didn't do this when I was a kid. I held onto my stash for as long as possible. I'd just ration it over the next couple of months.

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 5 years ago

I have often wondered about the whole concept objectively speaking. We BUY candy and give it out. All year long you have to pay for candy but on this day, candy is free. Why doesn't the candy makers just give it way free to everyone and skip the consumer buying part? Who started this?

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 5 years ago

Easiest is take it to the office. Someone will eat it. I like the donate it to the troops. We have been sending stuff for years. Whatever it takes to make the troops life easier.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 5 years ago


This is a SPECTACULAR idea!  I'm going to bring this to my Rotary club and see if we can make this a yearly event.  Thanks!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 5 years ago

Bryan, Great idea. thankfully I am past the kids with candy days. I wish someone would bring some to our office.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) over 5 years ago

Wow Bryan your kids must hate you :) I suggest for the kids sake if you want to donate to the troops head on down to the store today and by a bag of candy (it's all on sale) and remind your own to kids to brush after they eat their bounty!! 

Posted by Jason Wright, Associate Broker (Keller Williams Advantage ) over 5 years ago

We love to donate ours to be sent over to the troops as well. For them, even the gross stuff your kids don't want could be heavenly to them! (Looks like Jason above beat me to this idea :) )

Posted by Paul Collier, Paul Collier (Patriot Home Mortgage) over 5 years ago

That's great.  At least if it's out of my house, I wont' eat it lol

Posted by Des & Spiro Kouridakis, - North Orange County Experts (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties) over 5 years ago

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