We’re not going to lie—we like a few mini Snickers as much as anyone but after the trick-or-treating is said and done we are left with a lot more than just “a few pieces.” If that mountain of candy is staring you down, act quickly. Throw it in a bag and head to one of these local Halloween candy buy back programs that will help you trade your stash for cash (and avoid the crash).

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San Francisco


Curtis Raff, DDS
Dr. Raff is getting in on the fun this year back wrapped candy at $2 per pound with an 8-pound per child limit. Operation Gratitude will be the recipient of all collected candy.

When: Nov. 1-7, (except Fri., Sat. or Sun.) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1233 Taraval St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: raffdds.com

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. Check out more about the event here.

When: Nov. 1, 2:30-5:15 p.m.
1024 Serpentine Ln., Ste. 107
Pleasanton, Ca
Online: www.UrKidsDentist.com

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry
Score $1 per pound of unopened candy at any of their three East Bay locations. All candy will be packed up and shipped to troops through Blue Star Moms.

When: Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
2125 Whitehall Place, Alameda

When: Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
1443 Cedarwood Ln., Suite D, Pleasanton

When: Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
2923 Webster St., Suite 302, Oakland

Online: AlamedaPediatricDentist.com


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Peninsula/South Bay

Corso Orthodontics
Dr. Chris Corsa will be accepting candy from individual kiddos for two days (one day at each location). Buy backs are $1 per pound (max of 5 pounds per child).

When: Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
4010 Moorpark Ave. #105, San Jose

When: Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
6489 Camden Ave. #100, San Jose
Online: smilebysanjoseorthodontist.com

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. 1-8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
2950 Whipple Ave., Suite 9
Redwood City, Ca
Online: roydental.net

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Mill Valley Orthodontics
Take part in Dr. Ashraf’s 18th 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, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed from noon-1:30 p.m.)
141 Camino Alto #5
Mill Valley, Ca
Online: millvalleyorthodontics.com

Know of another local place doing Halloween candy buy backs? Tell us in a comment below! 

–Kate Loweth & Ana Picazo