Trick-or-treating is an annual highlight for many kids–the fun of dressing up, the thrill of going door-to-door, the sweet taste of the candy loot. Without a doubt, all this fun typically leads to an intense sugar high and an inevitable sugar crash (and maybe a cavity or two). In our house, we have three young girls who don’t quite know (or don’t yet care, perhaps) how to keep track of their candy once they bring it home. As much as I love a good stash of candy, it’s dangerous to have it in the house!
This year we are excited to participate in a Halloween Candy Buy-Back. Candy Buy-Back events are a perfect opportunity to get most of the candy out of the house and into the hands of active-duty soldiers or other good causes.
Check our list for a participating location near you. Most are dentists and orthodontic offices who use this program as a great way to promote oral health and provide our soldiers with a treat and a smile. You can also send candy directly to soldiers — see the information below.
Halloween Candy Buy-Back Locations in Lake County
Operation Gratitude says, “Thank you to all who serve,” all year round by sending care packages, letters, and more to soldiers serving overseas, their families, veterans, and first responders. Ship candy out yourself no later than November 8th, make sure to fill out their donor form and read through all of the instructions.
ATTN: Halloween Candy Program
21100 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Local Businesses Offering Buy-Backs & Drop-Offs For Operation Gratitude
Please adhere to the designated collection days and times for each location. For more details, information, and hours of operation, we recommend calling the offices directly.
Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC
195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich | (847) 726-0300
Children’s Dentistry Group will collect candy from November 1 through November 6 during business hours. They will pay $1 per pound of candy, up to $5. The candy will be sent in care packages with toothbrushes, paste, and other goodies to support our troops overseas!
Dr. David Honey
915 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. B, Libertyville | (847) 362-9700
Dr. David Honey’s office will pay children only $1.00 per pound (up to 10 pounds) for their unopened Halloween candy. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy will be collected Friday, November 1, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 2 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Russell Pollina
18 E. Dundee Road, Bldg. 5, Suite 100, Barrington | (847) 382-1720
Dr. Russell Pollina wants to buy your candy! Collection at the Barrington office is on Monday, November 4 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Visit the Halloween Candy Buy Back website for collection locations outside of Lake County.
Other Candy Donation Programs:
P.A.D.S of Lake County
P.A.D.S of Lake County is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, housing, and resources to families experiencing homelessness in Lake County. Prairie Orthodontics collects your candy expressly for donation to P.A.D.S. of Lake County.
6121 Washington Street Suite 204, Gurnee, 60031 | (847) 249-8800Collection dates for the Gurnee office are October 28, 30 and 31 and November 4, 6 and 7 during normal office hours. They will pay $1 per pound (up to thirty pounds per family).
Operation Shoebox sends care packages to the men and women serving overseas. To date, they’ve donated over 200 tons of goods to troops. They accept candy year-round to be included in their care packages. Send candy to:
8360 E. Highway 25, Belleview, FL 34420
What will you be doing with all that leftover candy?