15 Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

If your kids are like my kids, they got more Halloween candy than they could possibly eat in the next few months. A ridiculous amount of candy. So we have several pounds of candy that I really don’t want them to eat, and yet, feel bad throwing away. What to do with all of it? I have some leftover Halloween candy ideas that will help.


Leftover Halloween Candy Ideas

  • Freeze it: Use it throughout the year to add to baking, milkshakes, ice cream, cookie dough, or to thaw and eat.
  • Keep a small stash in your purse to use a bribes when you’re out and about and the kids need something to occupy them
  • Make trail mix
  • Take it to Thanksgiving get togethers
  • Use the candy to make homemade advent calendars
  • Know a child with an upcoming birthday? Use the candy in a pinata!
  • Dig out all the chocolate and enjoy it with coffee or wine (for you, not the kids)
  • Make candy necklaces or bracelets
  • Take it with you to work or send it to work with Dad
  • Make a holiday card using the candy (Dear Grandma, Here is a kiss (put a Hershey’s Kiss where the word “kiss” would normally go.) Get creative and have fun!
  • Just trash it
  • Or, like most people do, stash it and eat if for the next several months.

Still looking for more ideas?

Pretzel Cookies 


You can use up Kisses and M&Ms to make pretzel cookies in no time at all!

Make Vodka


At our house, the chocolate always goes first, which leaves lots of hard candy like Jolly Ranchers and Starbursts. So why not take any hard candy and turn it into vodka?

Just put 12 of the same flavored unwrapped Jolly Ranchers in a pint sized mason jar, fill it up with vodka of your choice, and then let the candy dissolve (it took about 6 hours or so). And that was it!

Beware: the vodka tastes more like candy than like alcohol. (Gummy bears work too!)

Donate It

One of my favorite leftover Halloween candy ideas: donate it! Groups like Operation Shoebox, which supports our troops, take donations. Operation Gratitude is another resource and explains how to send candy to our troops. Your tax deductible donation pays for the assembly and shipping expenses of $15 per care package.

What does your family do with leftover candy? Share your leftover Halloween candy ideas, recipes, and links by leaving a comment.


  1. Great ideas! I love the pinata idea. Alison recently posted..Comfort FoodMy Profile
  2. These are great ideas. We have slowly been eating it - but there is still a lot left. I think maybe some baking is in order. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom recently posted..Over-Packing HeroicsMy Profile