Here’s to hoping everyone had a fantastic Halloween filled with lots of spooky fun! It’s always great to see how much joy the kids have running around in their costumes.
Now that the fun is over, and your kids have had their share of sweets for a year (yeah right), what do you do with the leftover Halloween candy? Let’s look at some creative things you can do so you don’t end up wasting all your trick-or-treater’s hard work!
Use it in the Kitchen:
There are a variety of creative ways to eat the candy long after Halloween. Freeze it and add it to shakes, smoothies, sundaes, ice cream, etc. Or you can bake it into your favorite cakes, make trail mix or even put chocolates into your coffee for a quick mocha. The point is, don’t just throw it out!
Use it for Crafts:
You can garnish boxes with candies and save the prettiest wrappers for decorating. Stuff leftover candy inside small gifts like coffee mugs or packaging in lieu of tissue paper for a little extra sweet-treat. Another great idea is to make a November advent calendar using the candy. Check out how Brenda Ponnay did it at AlphaMom. Of course there is all sorts of holiday décor you can make as well.
Use it as a Science Experiment:
Kimberly Crandall is a mother of three with an aeronautical engineering degree, and she came up with some fun learning experiences kids can have with their leftover Halloween candy. Whether it’s determining the exact number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, transforming candy into Christmas ornaments or making a Mentos geyser, your kids will love these awesome experiments. Check them out here.
Give it Away:
This is certainly the quickest way to get rid of it. Bring your leftovers into the office and they’ll disappear in no time, but if you want to get creative check out Operation Shoebox. They will gladly take donations and send them to U.S. troops overseas. You could also have your kids make care packages and send them to friends or family (especially grandparents). Not only will it be healthier for you and your family but it will feel good to give something back!
What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy? Please let us know in the comments, and as always feel free to contact us at MidwestOutdoorResorts.com or call (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help with you next adventure! Happy exploring!