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Leftover Halloween candy ideas

Of course, your child is going to eat some of their trick-or-treat haul. It would be a shame to waste all of that hard work! But you probably don't want them eating all 10 pounds of it. You already know the usual tricks for getting rid of the overflow: allow them to trade candy for cash or toys, save a small stash of treats for a quick low blood sugar fix. Here are a few other creative ways to minimize the post-Halloween candy craze.

Donate it

Get a jump on feeling thankful by giving back to your community. Food pantries and nursing homes often accept Halloween candy as donations, as do hospitals and women's shelters. You can even box up your treats and have them sent to soldiers overseas. Check out Operation Gratitude.

Regift it

Do you have to throw a birthday party soon? Throw some leftover Halloween candy in the goody bags. Or if you're really ambitious, save it for a piñata! Mom and Dad, you can always take a big bowl of candy to work with you and simply give it away. We bet it won't last long.

Get crafty

Candy wrappers make a totally adorable decoupage, like Martha Stewart's light switch plates. How cute would those be in a playroom? You can also save Halloween candy at Christmas, and use it to decorate a gingerbread house.

Toss it in a recipe

Sweeten up your trail mix by crushing up a mini candy bar or two, adding them to a big bag of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Make a smoothie with almond milk, spinach, strawberries and a chocolate peanut butter cup. Substitute some of your dark chocolate for the chocolate chips needed in zucchini or pumpkin bread.

Donate it to science

There are tons of fun science experiments you and your child can do with candy. A few of our favorites? Washing the "S" off Skittles and making Lifesavers flash in the dark. Indulge your mad scientist with these and other ideas from Candy Experiments.

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