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2021 Extra Halloween Candy? Buy Backs, Donations & More

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Halloween Candy Buy Back & More

Halloween is over, now what? Most of the time, Halloween brings more candy than a child really needs. OK, let’s be real, Halloween always brings more candy than one person really needs. So what can parents do with all that leftover candy?

We’ve found four great options that will hopefully make your post-Halloween stash less stressful and a lot more fun this fall event season.


1. Candy Donations to Troops

Operation Shoebox

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




2. 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. Some are donating these candy to the troops as care packages.


1. Klement Family Dental 

This Halloween, Klement Family Dental invites you to bring in your Halloween candy for a cause! Klement Family Dental will buy your candy for CASH and donate these sweets to American troops overseas! For each pound of wrapped candy, Klement Family Dental will give you $1 (up to five pounds).


Klement Family Dental- St. Pete Location
7650 38th Ave N St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Dates: November 1-3, 2021 Monday (11/1) -Wednesday (11/3) from 4pm-6pm.


Klement Family Dental- Old NE Location
425 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Dates: Monday (11/1) and Tuesday (11/2) from 4pm-6pm.



Little Feet Shoes

Head over to Little Feet Shoes for a fun twist on Halloween Candy Buy Back. Receive $2 Cash Credit per lb of candy donated (Up to 5LBS). Families who donate will also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free pair of kids’ shoes!

Little Feet Shoes
27607 State road 56 unit 106
Wesley Chapel, fl 33544
(813) 991-1785





Dr. Bee Pediatric Dentist

Bring your sweets by Dr. Bee’s Wesley Chapel or Land O’ Lakes office from Nov. 1-5, 2021 during regular business hours and earn tokens for treasure! Your child will earn one token per pound of candy, and they can use the tokens for the Treasure Tower for a non-sweet treat. Max 5lbs!

2242 Ashley Oaks Cir
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

(813) 279-8352
6935 Land O’Lakes Blvd
Land O Lakes, FL 34638
(813) 530-3300






Westchase Smiles Institute

They are hosting their Halloween Candy Buy Back from  Nov. 2-Nov. 5, 2021 during regular business hours. Please call them for details on their buy-back program.

9914 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL, 33626
Phone: 813-920-9144
Email: [email protected]


Clearwater Recreation Centers

Head on over for Clearwater Rec Centers annual Sweet Swap event from  Nov. 1 to Nov. 7 to collect candy for U.S. service members overseas through the “Our Troops Online” organization.

Every pound of candy donated earns a chance to win an amazing prize.

Candy can be donated to these Clearwater Recreation locations:

  • Clearwater Beach Recreation Center
    • Monday, Nov. 1– Thursday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 5th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nove. 6th, 8 a.m. until Noon
  • Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Dr., 669-1914
    • Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Rd., 793-2320
    • Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5p.m.
  • Morningside Recreation Complex, 2400 Harn Blvd, 562-4280
    • Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, 1p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • North Greenwood Recreation Complex, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr Ave, 562-4590
    • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 S. MLK Jr. Ave., 462-6025
    • Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.







Kingdom Kids at Park Place

Address: 4400 70th Ave N Pinellas Park, FL 33781
You know when there’s just TOO MUCH CANDY!? Instead of throwing it away, we kindly ask you consider donating it to us! Or maybe you didn’t hand it all out? They are in need of some upcoming events, celebrations, and for services!
Donations can be dropped off in the Church office during business hours all week, or at the Fall Festival this weekend, or any Church service!


St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church

Address: 10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo, FL 33774
Fr. Tom Morgan’s Annual Halloween Candy Collection:
Boxes will be available at the church from October 30th – November 7th. All candy collected is used for our LifeLine, Feed the Homeless, and Youth Ministry. Thank you

Learn more on their Facebook page.




3. 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.

4. 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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