Between Halloween parties with friends, Halloween parties at school, special events around town, trick-or-treating at local businesses, and trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, my boys collect A LOT of Halloween candy. Pounds and pounds of it! I certainly don't want them eating all that candy but the trick-or-treating is part of the fun so I don't want to limit their participation in these events either.
Every year, we participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back through our pediatric dentist. Each year, businesses around the country participate in Halloween candy buy-back events, buying Halloween treats with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, toys and other creative exchanges. They then ship all the candy to Operation Gratitude, which delivers it to our troops deployed overseas so they can enjoy a sweet treat too! Win-win-win!!!
I let my kids choose 25 pieces of candy that they can keep, then after they go to bed I sort through the rest for my own favorites (don't judge ... you know you do it too!). The rest goes to our dentist, who pays my boys $1 per pound of candy — just the right amount for a trip to a dollar store.
Use the zip code lookup feature at www.halloweencandybuyback.com to find a participating business near you (be sure to call first to verify collection hours and participation).
Here are some local businesses that are signed up to participate this year:
Creekside Dental Arts
600 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste. C
Issaquah, WA, 98027
Sammamish Plateau Dentistry
22725 SE 29th st
Sammamish, WA, 98075
YMCA - Snoqualmie Valley
35018 SE Ridge St
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Know of a business that participates in this program and is not listed above? Email us! AnnmarieM@MacaroniKid.Com