12 Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy

pumpkin peepsToo much Halloween candy? You could just eat it. Or you could mail it to Djibouti. Some people do science experiments. How hot does it have to be before a pumpkin Peep will melt to the carseat?

All that melty, sugary, gooey goodness. And all that hyper-activity, those sugar headaches, and the need for extra workouts between Halloween and New Years.

I am a mom with a sweet tooth problem which I have, unfortunately, passed to my children. We love candy. But we don’t need to eat loads and loads of it. Thankfully in Djibouti, without a real Halloween celebration, our candy haul is pretty minimal. But still, there are seasons during which we have too much sugar in the house to deal with. So I went on the hunt to find alternatives.

Here are 12 ideas that might help you handle the Halloween Haul.

*image credit: Jackie via Flickr

  • Mail it to Djibouti 1 of 12
    mail

    Especially if you have Butterfingers. Contact me for my address.

  • Steal It 2 of 12
    stealing

    Eat your kids' candy by stealing, sneaking, or purchasing; depending on your parenting philosophy.

    *image credit Nisha A via Flickr

  • Donate It 3 of 12
    halloween

    You could give it to Operation Shoebox, some of which makes it to Djibouti (see idea #1).

    *image credit Wikimedia

  • Freeze It 4 of 12
    frozen

    Sugar highs the whole year round.

    *image credit Patricia H via Flickr

  • Hide It 5 of 12
    hide candy

    From yourself and your kids so you can be pumped six months later to suck on still-good candy corn (don't ask why it is still good).

  • Bring it to Work 6 of 12
    candy at work

    Then other people can eat it.

    *image credit slgckgc via Flickr

  • Repurpose It 7 of 12
    save

    Free Christmas gifts?

    *image credit Samantha Bilodeau via Flickr

  • Bake with It 8 of 12
    baking with candy

    Use M and Ms in cookies or Nerds on top of cakes. Now you are eating the candy and baked goods. Something Swanky has drool-worthy recipes. In case you don't find enough calories inside a Snickers, add sugar, flour, and eggs.

    *image credit Tony Alter via Flickr

  • Food Decor 9 of 12
    gingerbread

    Decorate for the upcoming holidays a gingerbread house or a Thanksgiving turkey cookie .

    *image credit Dean Michaud via Flickr

  • Piñata 10 of 12
    Piñata

    Now, like at work, other people's children will eat it.

    *image credit Paul Sapiano

  • Play with It 11 of 12
    playfood

    Candy can be the chips on a Sequence board or make a game of Candyland more authentic. Or make something up, play scientist.

    *image credit Windell Oskay via Flickr

  • Reward Your Work 12 of 12
    lollipops

    If you are a writer with a sweet tooth like me, keep a bowl of small candy by your desk and reward yourself for every few hundred words.

    *image credit Gord Webster via Flickr

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