You’ll never get them admit it, but most kids have a little trouble eating all their Halloween loot – but, as parents, we sure have no trouble throwing back a Kit Kat or two. If you’re looking for a way to put those extra sweets to good use and keep them off your waistline, take a trip to one of these local dentists or businesses who offer Halloween candy buyback programs.  In most cases, your candy will be a special gift to soldiers serving in the Armed Forces all over the world.

pirate with halloween candyphoto: James Willcox via flickr

If you want money . . .
These local dentists turn you candy into dough.

Growing Smiles
Your little ghosts and goblins, ages 14 & under can bring in their trick-or-treating bounty to donate and receive $1 per pound, up to 5 pounds. Even better, growing smiles will be enlisting the help of local grade schoolers to help earn their service hours for 8th grade graduation.

Nov. 1-4 ; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (Tues. & Wed.) & 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.)
3701 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
Online: growingsmileschicago.com

Dentistry for Kids
Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends care packages to our troops, and the Ronald McDonald House benefit when your kids drop their sugar at Dentistry for Kids. Your kiddos will receive $1 per pound, up to 5 pounds. Not only will the charities receive the candy, but they’ll also receive donated toothbrushes and toothpaste!

Nov. 1-29; Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
4801 W. Peterson St., Ste. 410
North Park
Online: dentistry4kids.net

Weintraub & Eltink Orthodontics
Open to current patients and friends of patients only, your munchkins can trade in their haul for $1 per pound. An excellent way to keep those braces intact!

Nov. 3-8 during regular office hours
125 E. Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 206
Buffalo Grove
Online: buffalogroveortho.com

Big Smile Dental
Trade in a maximum of 3 pounds of candy for $1 per pound and receive a free toothbrush as an added bonus!

Nov. 2-30; Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
2833 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square
Online: bigsmiledental.com

Children’s Dentistry of Forest Park
Donate your wrapped candy to the troops and receive $1 per pound, up to 10 pounds.
Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

1125 S. Harlem Ave.
Forest Park
Online: kidsdentistforestpark.com

If cash isn’t king for you . . .
These businesses offer unique gifts in exchange for your candy.

Amazing Smiles
Kiddos 12 & under can pop by the office and exchange any amount of candy for a special gift. Candy will be then weighed and a prize basket will be awarded for heaviest haul in three different age groups.

Nov. 5; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
16906 Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park
Online: 444smile.com

Do you know of a Candy Buy Back program that we missed? Let everyone know about it in the Comments below!

— Nicole Morris