The Halloween Candy Buy-Back Guide is brought to you by Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC in Lake Zurich. Dr. Paul Herer and Dr. Melissa Patenio along with their entire staff have the magic touch to take the anxiety out of dental care and make it a pleasant experience for children and their parents. 

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Okay, I’ll admit it – when my son fills up his orange pumpkin bucket full of candy from trick or treating and Halloween events I get just as excited as him to eat it. But after a day or so of candy-binge eating the excitement runs out, and I still have piles and piles of candy. We even had leftover Halloween candy still at New Years last year. This year I have sworn that I am not going to keep all of that candy around. I found that many local dentists and other business will actually pay you to take the candy off your hands.

Interested in donating? Here are some options to put your candy in someone else’s hands for a good cause:

Operation Gratitude
This organization sends up to 100,000 care packages filled with letters, snacks and entertainment items to soldiers deployed overseas, their children at home, veterans and first responders. Many local dentist and orthodontist offices take part in this organization’s efforts by buying back candy from kids who are willing to part with it.

You can ship it to them yourself no later than November 15,2015  to:

Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406-5438
ATTN: Halloween Candy/Angel Cuevas

But you must fill out their donor form and abide by the organization’s rules.

Or if you prefer there are some dental offices in this area that you can check out and donate your candy for their cause as well.

Please adhere to collection days and times. For more details, information and hours of operation, we recommend calling the offices directly. You can find more information on the Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Program Page. 

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Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC
195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, 60047 | (847) 726-0300 | Facebook 

This will be Children’s Dentistry’s fifth year doing the candy buy back for Operation Gratitude. The group will collect candy from both patients and local families but not from schools or other organizations. From November 2 through November 7, during regular business hours, the group will be offering $1 per pound of candy (up to $5 per family) and there will be a goodie bag for each child!

Photo Source: Children's Dentistry Group, LLC on Facebook
Photo Source: Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC on Facebook

Collection dates and times are as follows :
Monday, November 2 from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday,November 4 from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday,November 5 from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Friday,November 6 from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday,November 7 from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Check out our  review of Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC and learn why you should take your kids there!

Dr. David Honey
915 N. Milwaukee Rd. Libertyville | 847-362-9700
Dr. Honey will pay $1 per pound (up to 10 pounds) for your UNOPENED Halloween candy.  Candy will be collected Friday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Saturday,November 7 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult at this event. Call Suzie Lukyan for more information. 847-362-9700.

Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove
4160 IL 83, Long Grove | 847-634-6166
Bring your Halloween Candy to this practice, and it will get sent to Operation Gratitude. You will receive a bag of xylitol candies for every bag of candy you bring in! Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar that prevents unhealthy plaque buildup and helps harden your teeth.  Some research has also shown that it helps improve behaviors associated with autism.  This is a limited time offer starting after Halloween while supplies last during normal business hours. 

Lake County Dental Care {Dr. David Potts}
908 S Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville | 847- 362-6540

Collection is being held at this office on November 3, 2015 during normal business hours. You do not need to be a patient to bring in your extra candy.

Dr Russell Pollina
18 E. Dundee Road Bldg. 5, Suite 100 Barrington | (847) 382-1720

601 W. Central Road, Suite 4, Mt. Prospect 60056|  (847) 392-2457
Dr. Russell Pollina wants to buy your candy! The collection at the Barrington office is on November 2, 2015 and collection at the Mount Prospect office is November 5, 2015. The collection is being held during normal business hours. You do not have to be a patient to donate here. The office will take anyone’s candy!

Pediatric Dental Associates, PC and Partners In Oral Health
195 Arlington Hts., Rd. St.150, Buffalo Grove | (847) 537-7695
Pediatric Dental is collecting all unwanted candy on November 2 – 4 during normal business hours. The office will pay $1 per pound of candy. You do not need to be a patient to donate as all children ages 2- 17 will receive money if they bring in candy. ***EVENT IS FOR PATIENTS ONLY***

Prairie Orthodontics
1475 North Dilleys Road, Suite 1. Gurnee  | (224) 214-0149

This is Prairie Orthodontics 13th year of doing the candy buy back! You can drop off unopened candy during the week of November 2 through November 6. The staff advises people to call the office the week after Halloween, and they will let you know which office is open and the hours of donations. The candy will be donated to PADS of Lake County and Operation Gratitude for our Troops. This is open to the public; you do not need to be a patient.

For other locations of dental offices participating in this program outside of Lake County, visit the Halloween Candy BuyBack website and type in your location search information.

Berkey Orthodontics290 Center Drive. Vernon Hills | 847-367- 1640
Unopened candy will be collected November 2 -18 during regular business hours. The candy will be donated to  St. Mary of Vernon Sharing Hands Food Pantry. The office will pay $1 per pound for candy. While Berkey Orthodontics encourages its patients to participate, you are not required to be a patient to bring candy to the office.

Places to Donate Halloween Candy

Operation Shoebox

Operation Shoebox
(352) 307-6723 | Facebook

Operation Shoebox is an organization founded to send support to the men and women putting their lives on the line for us overseas. This organization also sends care packages filled with things to boost the morale of these brave soldiers. Donations of all sorts are accepted, and Halloween candy is on their list as well!

If you have some left over candy, Operation Shoebox would love to take it off your hands. You can send it to the following address:

Operation Shoebox
8360 E. Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420

You can feel good about donating to a great cause and putting the candy to better use! For more information on how to donate to Operation Shoebox, please see their website.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities
1301 W. 22nd Street.Oak Brook | (630) 623-5300 | Facebook
It is a bit of a drive from Lake County, but it is for a good cause! The Ronald McDonald House helps keep severely ill kids and their parents together during treatments. After Halloween, most locations accept donations of unopened candy for the families being served. Call ahead to find out the rules of dropping off candy.

Trade it:
Nutphree’s Bakery 
259 Rand Road, Mount Prospect | (847) 754-4320 | Facebook 
If you’re willing to make the drive to Mount Prospect and your child suffers from nut allergies that limit which candies he or she can enjoy, consider trading your candy for a nut-free cupcake!  Nutphree’s is completely free of peanuts, tree nuts and any form of cross-contamination. Children can trade their candy for a safe and FREE cupcake. Collection dates are November 2- 7 during normal business hours.

Jump America
880 Lakeside Dr, Gurnee | (224) 900-2996 | Facebook

Burn off some of that sugar energy! Jump America is offering a reverse trick or treat. Simply bring in 10 pieces of Halloween candy before November 10th and get $3 off an hour of jump. This deal is not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

All Smiles Dentistry
270 Center Drive, Suite 100, Vernon Hills | 847-996-0575 | Facebook
If you need dental exams then this is the place to bring your candy.  All Smiles Dentistry is currently offering a promotion where if you bring in wrapped candy between 10/29 and 11/12 you will receive a FREE dental exam ( x-rays cost extra).  They will be sending the candy to the troops, and you will have clean teeth in exchange.


What will you be doing with all that leftover candy?

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Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC in Lake Zurich understands that children are not just small adults.  Kids aren’t always able to be patient and cooperative during dental procedures. Their expert team knows how to examine and treat children in ways that make them as comfortable as possible while providing parents with peace of mind as well.  

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195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, 60047 | (847) 726-0300 | Facebook 

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Disclosure: Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC is the paid sponsor of the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Guide


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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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