Take it to work
This ever-popular option has kept many offices’ kitchen candy jars well stocked for a long time and will be especially welcome among coworkers who don’t have children or are less inclined to buy candy.
Take a small portion of your favorite ice-cream toppings, like Heath or M&M’S, and make specialty ice creams to enjoy throughout the year.
DIY trail mix
Pick up some nuts, pretzels, dried fruit, granola, or whatever else suits your family’s taste buds, and mix in your favorite chocolates.
Save it for Christmas
Nobody wants to waste perfectly good candy on a gingerbread house that will sit around collecting dust, so set aside some Halloween candy to create a beautiful gingerbread house a month later.
Put it in a piñata
If your child has a birthday coming up and you want a touch of whimsy, buy an empty piñata and fill it with your loot. Not into piñatas? Add the candy to goody bags.
Donate it to a local charity
Some local charities, including food pantries like West Chester Food Cupboard (545 E. Gay St., West Chester), will take unopened candy that’s still within its “use by” date. Call ahead to find out if your local food pantry is accepting donations.
Send it overseas
Extra candy can also be sent overseas to U.S. troops through programs like Operation Gratitude. All candy must be sent no later than Nov. 15. They’ll also accept donations like dental-hygiene products. For information on how and where to send donations, visit www.operationgratitude.com.
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