Do you know that Halloween isn’t only about pumpkins, hayrides, picking out costumes, scary movies, trick or treating and getting lots of candy? You can also give back during Halloween season in a variety of ways.
Now I’m not trying to start some sort of Halloween wars here by saying you can’t have fun collecting all the treats and Halloween snacks, but you can make giving back to the community and others a part of it as well.
Where can I donate leftover Halloween candy near me?
My family and I are constantly trying to find creative ways of giving back and paying it forward. In fact, we no longer send Christmas cards and instead use the money to donate to a different organization or charity each year.
Halloween is no different, so a few years ago we started researching where to donate leftover Halloween candy and it thankfully led to so much more.
This year, especially with possible Halloween trick or treat cancellations, instead of letting the Halloween costumes sit around and collect dust or a Halloween basket full of uneaten candy go to waste, why don’t you join in with some of these ways to give back at Halloween.
5 Ways to Give Back at Halloween
After Halloween day is over, and if you have costumes and accessories that are in good condition, pack them up and take them over to your local Goodwill donation center.
Goodwill is a great place to donate to because they give more than 88 cents of every dollar earned to create employment placement, job training programs and support services for people who face challenges to finding employment.
When you donate to Goodwill you are helping people go to work.
2. Women’s Shelters and Children’s Hospitals
Giving back in this way, especially women’s shelter donations, is such an incredible and heartwarming experience because sometimes you may even get to see and interact with the women and kids you are donating to.
3. Operation Gratitude
Get involved easily by donating your Halloween candy to the troops.
You can even host a GIVE-back, which is a way to collect candy to send as part of care packages. All you have to do is simply mail your leftover candy to Operation Gratitude, and they will send it in with care packages to be sent to the troops.
Another way to participate is by volunteering to deliver Halloween candy in your community to First Responder departments. This is a great way to show kids how to say “thank you” to local heroes.
4. Spirit of Children Program
Spirit of Halloween has a Spirit of Children program that brings fun and funding to hospitals at Halloween and all year-long through the support of Child Life at hospitals in local communities. Their mission is to make hospital stays less scary for kids and their families.
100% of every dollar collected supports the Child Life Department within their 141 partner hospitals across the United States and Canada.
Look up your local Spirit Halloween hours to shop for cute Halloween costumes, last minute Halloween costumes and more!
5. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Instead of giving out candy, hand out Frosty Boo Book coupons.
Each book, which includes 5 free Jr. Frosty coupons, costs only $1. The best part is that $0.85 of every $1 purchase goes toward the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
This incredible foundation helps kids in foster care find permanent homes with their forever families.
What can you do with old Halloween candy?
The next time people wonder or ask can you donate candy, share these 5 simple ways to give back at Halloween. I hope this encourages you to participate in the spirit of giving back not only during the holidays but all year long.
Leave a comment and let me know if you have any ideas to add.
Wishing you all a happy, safe and healthy Halloween 2021!