Kids love Halloween and all the candy they get to eat. Most of the time, Halloween brings more candy then a child really needs. So what do you with all that leftover candy?

We’ve found four options that will hopefully make your Halloween more enjoyable.

Earn Cash/Offers/Prizes

Through the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, Doctors across Tampa Bay are offering money/offers/prizes in exchange for your child’s candy. The following have been verified as of 10/28/16.

1. Exceptional Dental
3238 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL, 33707
Phone: 727-388-3429
Nov. 4, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $1 per lb of candy and the kids get to choose something from the treasure box.

2. Randall A Diez, DMD PA
Nov. 1-3, 2016. $1 for every pound of candy donated.


Randall A Diez, DMD PA
TAMPA, Fl, 33624
Phone: (813) 960-5869


Randall A Diez, DMD PA
3112 W. Kennedy Blvd, Suite A
TAMPA, FL, 33609
Phone: (813) 874-5869


3. Eye Docs Optical
3384 Tampa Rd
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 491-3786
Nov. 1-4, 2016 from 9 am-5pm: Every lb of candy gets an entry into their $50 Giveaway. Every lb of candy gets you $10* off one pair of glasses. Restrictions:*Up to $50 off a pair of glasses
Cannot be combined with insurance or any other discounts.



4. New Tampa Pediatric Dental
2242 Ashley Oaks Cir.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
(813) 991-5300
Nov.1-4, 2016, During reg business hours: For every pound of candy your child brings in they will receive one token for their prize machine.

5. Staves Pediatric Dentistry
5310 4th Street N
St Petersburg, Fl, 33703
Phone: (727) 526-5900
November 1-2, 2016: Trade in your candy for a bag of toys, toothbrush, and menchies gift card AND be entered into several drawings for gift cards!



6.Goodnight Orthodontics
Nov. 1-4, 2016 during regular business hours. For every pound of candy, receive $1. Up to $5 only, however you may donate more.
Goodnight Orthodontics
6538 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL, 33612
Goodnight Orthodontics
3223 S Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629




7. Dental Wellness of Westchase
11321 Countryway Blvd
Tampa, Fl, 33626
Phone: (823) 855-2273
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
8. Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry
Nov 1-4, 2016 from 3-5 p.m. at all four locations below.


Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry
5139 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL, 34655
Phone: 727-807-2273

Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry
8381 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL, 33772
Phone: 727-397-8800

Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry
4850 1st Ave N
St Petersburg, FL, 33713
Phone: 727-321-4850

Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry
8327 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL, 33615
Phone: 813-885-3345


9. Suncoast Braces
17020 County Line Rd
Spring Hill, Fl, 34610
Phone: (352) 593-4997
Dates & Hours: TBD

Candy Donations to Troops

Operation Shoebox packs boxes year-round with candy, but especially for the holidays. They collect donated candy to send to U.S. Troops in care packages. Individually wrapped candies; heat-resistant candy is best in warm seasons. Mail your candy donation to:

Operation Shoebox
8360 East Highway 25
Belleview. Fl. 34420

Use it

Besides just eating it, you could always make a trail mix out of it. Use it as toppings on ice cream, inside brownies or rice krispies treats.

Save it

Save some of those treats for rewards, birthday goody bags, church or scout group activities. According to the National Confectioners Association regarding the shelf life of various types of Halloween candy:

-Chocolate: Dark chocolate can be kept for one to two years if wrapped in foil and stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Milk and white chocolates last up to eight to 10 months.

-Hard candy: Lollipops, roll candy and butterscotch candies can last up to a year when stored at room temperature or in cool, dry conditions.

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