They did the trick-or-treating. They got all the candy. They got a belly ache from eating too much. Now what? In our house, we normally sort all the candy, put it in a giant bowl, put that bowl on top of the fridge, and forget about it. Ok, well, the kids forget about it. The parents? Not so much.

It seems like such a waste, doesn’t it? There has to got to be a better way! And there is. There are many ways you can get rid of all that Halloween candy. But before you ditch it, make sure you let the kids keep a few pieces for a treat in the upcoming weeks.

Now that you have it all sorted, let’s get rid of it!

6 Things to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

Bake with it!
Ok, so you aren’t technically getting rid of it but you are re-purposing it! The easiest way to reuse Halloween candy is to make bark. Just melt some chocolate, smooth it out on a baking sheet, and top with your favorite candy. We’ve done this in the past with candy corn but you use just about any candy! You could also chop up your candy into pieces and add to cookies or brownies.

Donate to your local food pantry.
Check and see if your local food pantry is accepting candy donations. Our local food pantry uses this candy through the holiday season as stocking stuffers or for Santa to hand out to the kids.

Candy buy back.
Buybacks are held at local businesses, traditionally, but not limited to dental offices. In return, the candy is then boxed up and shipped to our troops stationed overseas.

Have the Candy Fairy pay a visit.
The Candy Fairy is a new alternative to avoid candy overload. Kids leave the sweets out at night and the Candy Fairy swaps them out for a toy or small gift.

Take it to the office.
Get it out of your house by taking it to the office with you! Put a bowl of candy in the staff kitchen and treat your coworkers.

Freeze It.
When all else fails, you can freeze the candy to be used in recipes later. Use it to make other holiday-related crafts like gingerbread houses. If your freezer is anything like mine, make sure you keep it up front so you remember the candy is in there!