You tricked, you treated, you sorted the boatload of candy, and you soon realize that such copious amounts of sugar mixed with your child’s bloodstream is just not a good combination. After all, you really like it when they don’t have an additional reason to climb the walls. Share the love and the sugar high by donating some of that treasure trove of chocolate and sweet goodness. Send a care package to troops overseas, give to ill children who weren’t able to knock on doors in search of candy or celebrate Dental Hygiene Month (October) at a dental office’s Halloween candy buyback program. Kick off the 2017 holiday season with a spirit of giving at these eight places.

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Operation Gratitude
Last year this organization collected more than 533,000 pounds of candy to give to deployed troops and first responders. (Hey, grownups like treats, too.) Find a drop-off location near you at this website or organize a candy collection drive of your own. Note: Include handwritten notes and drawings to really sweeten the package.

Deadline: Nov. 15

Operation Troop Treats
A local partnership with Operation Gratitude, you can bring candy to six D.C.-area Kool Smiles dentistry locations, including one in the District, one in Falls Church and four in Maryland: Takoma Park, District Heights, Fredericksburg and Brooklyn Park. Since 2012, Operation Troop Treats has collected 12 tons of donated Halloween candy and has sent 1,200 care packages overseas.

Deadline: Nov. 4

Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops
Ask your grownups to consider organizing collections at their workplaces or drop off your excess candy at a nearby business, such as Money Joe’s Germantown or Esthetique Dentistry in Ashburn. To get a sense of what you’d be part of, consider that in 2016, Soldiers’ Angels sent $15 million in aid to more than 360,000 service members, veterans, wounded heroes and military families. This year, the organization’s goal is to collect 17,000 pounds of candy.


Operation Stars and Stripes’ Operation Trick-or-Treating for the Troops
You know it and I know it: You’ll be drowning in candy. Your friends and neighbors probably will be too. So plan ahead and sponsor a drive to collect extra candy to send to the troops. Here are some other items topping troops’ wish list that you can stick in the package: postage stamps, Ziploc bags (gallon and quart size), new DVDs, new CDs, unscented wet wipes, pistachios and beef jerky.


Operation Shoebox
Founded in 2003 by a mom of five children and two sons-in-law who served in the military, this organization sends 800 to 1,000 care packages per week. Add some of your Halloween candy to them. FYI: Operation Shoebox collects candy year-round, so you don’t have to wait for Oct. 31.


Tisseront Orthdontics 12th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back
Bring excess candy to Dr. Stephen Tisseront and get some money back in your pocket — $2 per pound, to be exact. Better yet, $1 goes to the child donating and $1 goes to Children’s National Medical Center. What’s more, the candy is packaged and sent to troops overseas, so kids should feel free to write letters or draw pictures for the troops.

When: Nov. 6
11720 Plaza America Dr., Ste. 110 (Reston, Va)

DrG’s 14th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back at Village Orthodontics
Dr. Gordon Groisser will donate $1 toward hurricane relief efforts for every pound of candy donated at any of the office’s three locations in Clarksburg, Gaithersburg and Hagerstown. The candy itself will go to the Ronald McDonald House, which helps families with sick children, in Baltimore. Besides those warm and fuzzy feelings you get from doing good, kids who donate will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win an Apple iPad Mini4.

When: Nov. 1-Nov. 9

Halloween Candy Buy Back 2017
To find a lengthy list of more locations paying kids off for their Halloween candy, check out this website: Be sure to contact the location you plan to visit because each office has its own deadlines and drop-off times.


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

—Stephanie Kanowitz