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Do you have a bucket of candy sitting around after trick-or-treating that you’d rather not eat? Here are some great ideas to put your candy to good use rather than in the trash.

Donate It

Now you can feel like you are helping both your waistline and a cause. Here are some wonderful causes that will benefit from your Halloween leftovers.

Ship It to Troops

This is a great project for you and your children to do together. The Operation Shoebox program ships packages full of goodies to troops as another way of saying thank you for their service. They also put a call out for toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste for some seriously responsible indulging.

Use It As Holiday Decor

With Christmas around the corner, saving candy or freezing some in small plastic bags can easily be used for some holiday decorations. Treats can be used to decorate a gingerbread house or used to make Christmas ornaments. You can also use it as stocking stuffers or table decorations.

Use It for a Party

Piñatas are often reserved for children’s birthday parties, but let’s face it — adults love them too. Stuff your leftover treats into a piñata or make a board game and use the candy as game pieces. Now you can have fun and not feel bad for it!

Craft, Count, Sort and Match

Help your kids learn by using various candies to count, match, and sort colors. M&M’s, Skittles, Starbursts, jellybeans, and other colorful candies are the perfect tool! You can have your kids sort the colors, find the correct sequence, and count how many of each color there are. Now you can use the candy to educate your children.

Now you don’t have to let all that Halloween Candy go to waste!

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