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.

Candy Donations to Troops

1. 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. The Stano Foundation

They will gladly accept any wrapped candies to add into their care packages going out to military members who will be deployed this holiday. You may drop off at these locations until Nov. 9th. No chocolates as they will melt during shipping.

Drop off locations

A-OK Trophies LLC – 3724 Land O’Lakes Blvd, Land o’ Lakes, Florida 34639

Aprile Chiropractic & Wellness – 1932 Highland Oaks Boulevard, Lutz, Florida 33553

Avalon Park West – 33613 SR 54, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33545

Dancing for Donations – 1076 E Brandon Blvd. #101, Brandon, Florida 33511

Ideal Massage LLC Wesley Chapel – 27317 Cashford Cir, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544

Shapes Fitness for Women – 11301 N 56th St, Temple Terrace, Florida 33617

Signarama – 1917 Passero Ave., Lutz, FL 33559

Sunshine Smile Designs – 5345 3rd Street, Zephyrhills, Florida 33542

3. Life Skills in ACTion, a Life Skills & Tutoring Center for Kids /Teens

2026 Ashley Oaks Circle, Suite 102
Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544
(813) 575-9100
Drop off candy and dental supplies November 1-9!
Wesley Chapel 11am-6:30pm, M-Th
Lutz M-W 3-6 p.m.

Halloween Candy and Dental Supplies Wanted!!! Deployed Troops, Veterans, and First Responders love finding your donated candy in their Care Packages. This year we’re also collecting dental floss, travel size toothpaste, pens and mechanical pencils.


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. Many are donating these candy to the troops as care packages.


1. Randall A Diez, DMD PA

Nov. 1, 2018 from 10am-4pm. AND Nov. 2, 2018 from 9am-Noon

$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

2. Dyer Orthodontics 

3414 Handy Rd.
Tampa, Florida 33618
(813) 963-0984
Nov 1-8, 2018 from 8am to 5pm

Bring us your Halloween candy and we will buy it back from you! You get $1 per pound and Hope Children’s Home gets $1 per pound!


3. Eye Docs Optical

3384 Tampa Rd
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 491-3786
Nov. 1, 2, 5 & 6, 2018 from 9 am-5pm: Every lb of candy gets an entry into their $25 Giveaway. Every lb of candy gets you $10* off one pair of glasses. Every child who comes in with candy can schedule a free vision screening test at our office.

Restrictions:*Up to $50 off a pair of glasses. Cannot be combined with insurance or any other discounts.


4. Staves Pediatric Dentistry

5310 4th Street N
St Petersburg, Fl, 33703
Phone: (727) 526-5900
November 1, 5 & 6, 2018 from 8am-4pm: Trade in your candy for a goody bag with a Culver’s Gift Card.


5.Goodnight Orthodontics

Nov. 5-9, 2018 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


6. Dental Wellness of Westchase

11321 Countryway Blvd
Tampa, Fl, 33626
Phone: (823) 855-2273
Nov. 1, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The 7th Annual Dr. Amy’s Ca$h for Candy! Bring your extra candy to our office between 3-5 pm on Thursday, Nov.1. Get $1 per pound a free toothbrush. Call them for details! 813-855-CARE(2273)

7. Monticciolo Family and Sedation Dentistry

Nov 1-2, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. at all six locations below.

1. 8327 W Hillsborough Ave,Tampa, FL, 33615
Phone: 813-885-3345

2. 8381 Seminole Blvd, Seminole, FL, 33772
Phone: 727-397-8800

3. 4850 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL, 33713
Phone: 727-321-4850

4. 5139 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL, 34655
Phone: 727-807-2273

5. 14030 US HY, Hudson, FL 34667

6. 40668 US 19, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689


8. Bright Smiles of Winter Haven 

1550 1st St S, Winter Haven, Florida 33880

We will buy back your treats to send our soldiers something sweet.
$1.00 per pound (Up to $5.00)

Monday, November 5th 2:00-4:00pm
Tuesday, November 6th 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, November 7th 2:00-4:00pm


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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