More candy! More candy! With Halloween on the horizon, it’s likely that your little ones are dreaming of Dum Dums, Skittles and Milky Ways. If all of that sugar in your house sends you into a panic attack, don’t worry! Dentists and other businesses around the Bay Area have got your back. There are loads of candy buy-back programs where your pirates and princesses can bring their excess candy and swap it out for some bucks. Then you don’t have to worry about impulsively eating all the Reese’s peanut butter cups in the house and bonus – most of these programs donate the candy to the troops!

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San Francisco

This popular play space is getting in on the action. Drop off your candy any time during the first two weeks of November and let the littles burn off that epic sugar rush while you’re at it. Kids will receive a small toy in exchange for their haul. Feeling extra generous? They are also running a canned food drive so bring some chili or canned pumpkin to donate.

When: Nov. 1-15
470 Carolina Street
San Francisco, Ca

Curtis Raff, DDS
Dr. Raff is getting in on the fun this year buy buying back wrapped candy at $1 per pound with a 7 pound per child limit. Operation Gratitude will be the recipient of all collected candy.

When: Nov. 1-3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1233 Taraval St.
San Francisco, Ca


Mill Valley Orthodontics
Take part in Dr. Ashraf’s 17th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back! Dr. Ashraf is offering a whopping $2 per pound of candy (maximum 10 pounds, candy must be wrapped). Candy will be donated to US troops.

When: Nov. 1-2
141 Camino Alto #5
Mill Valley, Ca

East Bay

Steven Nerad
Dr. Steve offers $1 per pound of candy, with a 20-lb limit. Gather your classmates and encourage them to donate, because Dr. Steve tracks kids’ schools and donates to the two schools who bring in the most candy ($250-first place, $100-second place). Candy will be donated to US troops.

When: Nov. 2, 2:30-5:15 p.m.
1024 Serpentine Ln., Ste. 107
Pleasanton, Ca

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry
Score $1 per pound of unopened candy (Peanut Butter cups with little bites out of them don’t count!) at this sweet buy back. All candy will be packed up and shipped to troops overseas.

When: Nov. 1, 4-6 p.m.
2125 Whitehall Place, Alameda

Lake Merritt Dental
$1 per pound is the going rate for everything from Kit Kats to candy corn at this candy buy-back program. Operation Gratitude will be the recipient for the office’s candy donation.

When: Nov. 1-8
1900 Webster St. Ste. A
Oakland, CA 94612


Photo courtesy of Drs. Thomas and Joanne Carr, DDS

Peninsula/South Bay

Braces for Pretty Faces

Dr. Chris Corsa, new owner of this practice, will be continuing this office’s 17-year tradition of their annual Candy Buy Back event. It will run for 2 days, 1 day at each of his 2 offices. He will be buying candy back at $1 per pound and candy will be donated to US troops.

When: Nov. 3
4010 Moorpark Ave. #105
San Jose Ca

When: Nov. 1
6489 Camden Ave. #100
San Jose Ca

Roy Dental
Kids get $1 per pound of unopened candy. Candy will be donated to overseas US troops via Operation Gratitude. Kids can also bring in a thank you letter or a picture to send to the soldiers.

When: Nov. 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 during regular business hours
2950 Whipple Ave., Suite 9
Redwood City, Ca

BAY Periodontics and Dental Implants
Bring you Baby Ruths and Butterfingers (and any other wrapped candy) to BAY Periodontics and get $1/pound, up to 5 pounds. All candy will be sent to the troops.

When: Nov. 1, 3 and 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
500 S. Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, Ca

Grant Road Dental
Kids can bring their candy to donate and also thank you letters to let the troops know how much they appreciate them. The office will give kids $1/pound up to 5 pounds.  Bonus – parents can enter the trifecta raffle for a free Sonic toothbrush, free in-office teeth whitening or a free cleaning.

When: Nov. 1-5 and 7 (Hours: Mon: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tues and Wed: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Thu.: 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. and Sat.: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.)
1040 Grant Road Suite #105
Mountain View, Ca

Where do your littles donate their Halloween loot? Give them a shout-out in the comments. 

–Kate Loweth & Ana Picazo