What to Do With All That Halloween Candy

For most kids, there’s no such thing as too much candy or too many sweets. But adults will probably want to prevent their little goblins from ingesting that big bucket of sugar for months on end. Not to worry: There are organizations that will gladly accept your excess Halloween candy donations — for a good cause!

Operation Gratitude

This organization honors the service of military and first responders by creating opportunities to express gratitude. Halloween time is the only time that Operation Gratitude accepts candy donations. Find out more about their Halloween Candy Give-Back program at operationgratitude.com


Operation Shoebox

Operation Shoebox sends a bag of candy inside every care package they send to service members deployed across the world. They accept any and all kinds of candy, and it can be sent at any time of the year. Visit operationshoebox.com to learn more.

Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops

This is a Halloween candy collection program that sends treats to deployed service members and veterans. Many businesses partner with Soldiers’ Angels to collect candy to ship in bulk, but if you’re interested in shipping your candy directly to the Soldiers’ Angels Headquarters, visit soldiersangels.org/volunteer/special-campaigns/treats-for-troops for the address where you can send it.

More Candy Options

Other options for all that excess candy include calling the local homeless shelter, food pantry,  or nursing home to see if they accept Halloween candy. You could also save it to stuff a birthday pinata, or take it to the office and leave it in the office kitchen. 

Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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