After Halloween, I was amazed at the amount of candy my grandson got, especially after I counted up the total calories. It really made me think there’s no way a toddler could eat ANY of that candy, but i could but should not, so we ended up taking 5 pounds of candy and donating to our local food pantry. It seems like many people feeling the same way because I keep reading about all kinds of things to do with leftover Halloween candy besides eat it, from donating it to soldiers overseas to using it to make a gingerbread house. Read on for some of the best ideas of what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy.

Donate it: There are lots of charities that will take extra Halloween candy whether you’d rather give it to a soldier or children or the hungry. Here’s an entire post on how to donate you candy.

Reuse it: I love the idea of repurposing candy to make your holiday gingerbread house from MomEndeavors

Get Crafty With It: If you want to take the repurposing a step further Alphamom has some beautiful ideas for making things like an advent calendar, a harvest tree or a turkey pinata with leftover Halloween candy.

Trade It: Lots of people seem to like the idea of just convincing their kids to trade the candy for a new toy or book, whether you call it the Halloween or Candy Fairy or the Switch Witch as AChildGrowsinBrooklyn does.