From Twizzlers to Tootsie Pops, your kiddo is bound to bring in a big Halloween haul this year. But what will you do with the extra goodies once the ghouls and goblins (and let’s be honest, you) have had their fill? You can get crafty with some of the spare sweets or better yet, turn that free candy into cash. How? By participating in a Halloween candy buy back program. Here’s our list of D.C.-area dentists who will buy your little sweetie’s treats and help them avoid tummy aches and cavities at the same time.

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Orchin Orthodontics
Head over to Dr. Orchin and Bailey’s office to swap your sweets for cold, hard cash. They’ll give kiddos $1 per pound of candy up to five pounds. Swing by before Friday, Nov. 4 when they’ll be shipping off those fun size bars and mini lollipops to troops serving overseas.

When: Oct. 31-Nov.4
5301 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Ste. 200 (Cleveland Park)

The DC Dentist
Bring your extra bonbons to this Capitol Hill dental office and receive $1 for each pound of candy donated. In addition, Dr. Victor will be giving each kid a surprise gift as a thank you for sharing their Halloween loot with members of the military.

When: Nov. 1- Nov.9
509 11th St., SE (Capitol Hill)

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Village Orthodontics
This orthodontist practice has bought more than 4,000 pounds of candy since 2003. This year, you can join in on the fun and share some sweets with troops too. Participants get $1 per pound of candy as well as a raffle ticket for an iPad mini. You can also bring along thank you letters to be shared with the troops.

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 4 (8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.)
Locations in Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, and Hagerstown

Kool Smiles Operation Troop Treats
Trade in treats for toys at Kool Smiles, a kid-friendly dental practice with locations in District Heights and Takoma Park. Your little one will receive a toy for every 25 pieces of candy, and the extra goodies will be donated to the troops through Operation Gratitude.

When: Oct. 28-Nov. 5

MVP Smiles
Kiddos can bring their extra treats to this Gaithersburg dental office. MVP Smiles offers $1/pound of candy (up to 10 lbs) and also gives patients 10 points on their MVP Rewards Card. The leftover loot will be donated to troops along with a toothbrush on behalf of each child who participates.

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 4 (during office hours)
806 W. Diamond Ave., Ste. 250 (Gaithersburg, Md.)

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Fairlington Dental
Selling your candy to Dr. Rogers at Fairlington Dental is twice as sweet. Why? Because all the treats are donated to Operation Gratitude, a Veterans’ organization, and Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation. Patients receive $1 per pound for up to five pounds of candy and largest donation wins a pizza party.

When: Nov. 1-3
4850 31st St., Ste. A (Arlington, Va.)

Oakton Family Dentistry
Attention music lovers: selling you candy to this dentist doesn’t just get you cash ($2/pound), it gets you entered in a raffle for a $100 itunes giftcard. Check Oakton’s Facebook page on Nov. 4 to find out the winner!

When: Nov. 2-3
2940 Hunter Mill Rd., Ste. 101 (Oakton, Va.)

What are your tricks for dealing with extra Halloween treats? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Sarah Vogel