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Catherine Holecko

Swap your Halloween candy

By November 1, 2010

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My workout on Halloween was standing at my door for three hours holding a huge wooden salad bowl filled with candy (note to self--next time try a lighter bowl). And of course, it seemed like for every piece I gave out, my kids brought back three more.

If your candy jar runneth over too, try these Halloween candy limits and swaps. You can also check your local newspaper or community websites for candy drop-offs sponsored by dentists or orthodontists. Or try:

  • Noodles & Company: According to the restaurant chain's Facebook page, all locations will be hosting a "Candy Coma" event on Sunday, November 7. Kids 12 and under can bring in their candy and swap it for a free bowl of noodles.
  • Food pantries may be willing to take treats to offer to their clients.
  • Operation Gratitude collects candy (often via dentists' offices, but individuals can donate too) and other goodies to make care packages for military personnel. A similar organization is Operation Shoebox.

Have you found other places to donate or swap your candy, or creative ways to limit your child's intake of the sweet-and-sticky stuff? Share your tips for coping with too much candy (I especially love Linda's "teddy bear party" suggestion).

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