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Published on November 1st, 2016 | by SOMDParents

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What To Do With Unwanted Halloween Candy

Sometimes it can feel like the candy will never go away after Halloween has come and gone! Here are a few ways to get rid of the candy–without dumping it straight into the trash, that may actually turn into an educational activity.

  1. Create a sink or float test. Have your kids hypothesize if they think certain chocolate candies will sink or float in a bowl of room temperature water. **Spoiler Alert** Milky Way, Kit Kats, and 3 Musketeers usually float!
  2. Put M&M’s and Skittles in a bowl of water and watch the colors and letters run off of the candy.
  3. Paint with Skittles or Nerds. Place the candy on a thick piece of paper (one that can get wet). Use a spray bottle with water to spray the candy. As the color “melts” off of the candy, your artwork will begin to show. The more you spray, the richer the color will be on the paper.
  4. Use the Switch Witch Method. Around Halloween, the Switch Witch likes to switch Halloween candy for a small toy.
  5. Donate–there are several donation programs for unused, individual wrapped candy. Here is one called Operation Gratitude. They send care packages to troops overseas.
  6. Several dentist offices will take unopened candy in exchange for money or gift bags with dental health supplies like toothbrushes and floss! Lexington Park Dentistry, Tender Care Dentistry in Charlotte Hall, Koterwas Orthodontics in California and Prince Frederick, Pinefield Dental in Waldorf, North Beach Dental Care, Gentle Family Dentistry in Dunkirk, and Sequence Orthodontics in Waldorf are all local dentists offices waiting to receive your candy this year!

Good luck getting rid of that candy!

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