The kiddos are about to go trick or treating and bring home ridiculous amounts of candy. What do you do with all of that candy? Here are 14 ways to use candy including candy recipes, creative candy activities, and even candy crafts!
What to do with leftover Halloween candy?
Here are 14 ways to downsize your Halloween candy stash without just throwing all the candy in the trash.
1. Thanksgiving turkey treats
Use your leftover Halloween candy to decorate Rice Krispie treat turkeys for Thanksgiving! Twix or Reeses Peanut Butter cups make great basses for the turkey heads and a Twizzler cut into a few small pieces are perfect for the wattle. Here are 15 more edible turkey treats and many involve candy.
Use cupcake or brownies to make owl treats with all of that leftover halloween candy.
3. Save candy for a piñata
Throw a bunch of candy in a zip lock bag and save it for the next celebratory piñata!
4. Candy bar S’mores
Save some candy bars for S’mores all winter long. I promise you will not regret replacing a plain Hershey bar for a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup!
5. Make a Thanksgiving advent calendar
Use leftover Halloween calendar to make a Thanksgiving countdown calendar. Or consider saving candy for a Christmas advent calendar. Here are 25 DIY advent calendars.
6. Candy decorated cake
Bake a cake, decorate with halloween candy and bring it to your local fire station. Check out the candy cake details at All Things G & D.
7. Freeze it
Throw a bunch of candy in the freezer to whip out as ice cream or cupcake toppings throughout the year. You can also use it to decorate gingerbread houses or as cookie add ins for the holidays.
8. Candy experiments
If you have little ones, candy experiments are a big hit. Hypothesize which candies will sink and which candies will float and then test out the hypothesis! Compare what happens to a gummy worm put in salt water versus a gummy worm put in regular water. For 10 more candy experiments, check out Lemon Lime Adventures.
9. Send a candy package to a college kid
Any kiddo in college would be delighted to receive a snail mail package of candy! Consider sending a Christmas tree in a box care package with a side of candy.
10. Send candy to our troops
Operation Shoebox collects candy and sends it to our troops over seas.
11. The Switch Witch
Place candy in a bag on the front porch and the Switch Witch switches the candy out for a toy while the kids are sleeping. Genius!
The following candy crafts are creative ways to craft with with the leftover Halloween candy or candy wrappers!
12. Candy wrapper headbands
Craft with the candy wrappers to make headbands! Find the candy wrapper headband tutorial on Biblio Bags.
13. Make a candy card
Send a candy card to the Grandparents!
I used Laffy Taffy and mailing labels to create business cards! Consider using any bar type candy as a business card for your creative gig.
What do you do with the Halloween candy? I’d love to hear…