Health and Fitness: Extra Halloween candy can come in handy

Whether you got it from trick-or-treating, the store or your parents’ leftover Halloween candy bowls, you’ve definitely been around more candy in the past week than you have all year.

When it comes to Halloween, I am never going to grow up. Just because we are college students and “young adults” doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to go trick-or-treating. My love for getting free candy from strangers will never change.

There’s nothing wrong with eating some candy on Halloween, but eating too much is never good. Unfortunately, young adults don’t have the metabolism of a 10-year-old child anymore. There’s no way you can eat candy for every meal in the day and not feel some sort of guilt.

In order to stop the gluttonous, candy-eating habits from starting, it’s best to get rid of the cause of the problem before it’s too late: Say goodbye to your candy.

If you aren’t going to eat all of your Halloween candy, don’t throw it out. There are many different healthy alternatives to making your candy disappear without wasting it.

You can donate your candy to various organizations, such as Operation Gratitude, which allows you to send care packages to deployed U.S. service members. It is also always nice if you draw a picture or write a letter of thanks to the soldiers, and all you have to do is pay for shipping for your package. It’s also recommended to put the chocolate in plastic bags, just in case it melts.

Not only is this a great cause, but you can also get some extra cash by selling your candy. Dentists across the country are teaming up with Operation Gratitude to buy back candy from children to send to troops overseas. You will be given $1 for every pound of candy you donate. This is basically the same thing as using Cash4Gold, except instead of trading in old jewelry for cash, you would be trading in your Halloween candy.

Unfortunately, the candy “buy back” is only available for children under the age of 16. If you have a younger brother or sister, you should accompany them to a candy collection event. If your brother or sister is nice, maybe they will give you the profits earned from the buy back. There are 11 dentist offices within 15 miles of Rider that are affiliated with the candy “buy back,” so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a place to trade in your candy.

This is just one example of an organization that allows you to donate your extra Halloween candy. Other places taking donations are nearby hospitals, churches, synagogues, nursing homes, food pantries and pediatric wards. Take your pick.

Besides donating your candy, you can get creative with it. One interesting way to reuse your Halloween candy is to use it to make a gingerbread house. You can also throw some extra Reese’s Cups or M&Ms on top of cookies or a cake. You can eat what you made or give some to your friends and family.

If you really want to get creative, you can make a bouquet with your leftover candy and give it to a friend, or hang it up in your dorm room. Another option is making a centerpiece for your dinner table at Thanksgiving.

There are so many possibilities; the list goes on and on. It would be very upsetting to see Halloween candy wasted when there are so many different ways to use it — besides simply eating it.


-Paige McAtee

Junior journalism major

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