5 Things to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

Are you stuck with what to do with that bag/pumpkin full of treats you are left with after Halloween? Feeling overwhelmed by the quantity of treats sitting around the house?

Here are a few ways to use it all up:

1. Donate it!

Operation Gratitude

Ship it to our troops. The deadline to ship candy is November 15th. Find more shipping dos and don’ts here.

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

2. Bake some delicious treats!

My all time favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! So, naturally I am sharing my favorite peanut butter pie recipe. It’s an easy way to use up all those individually wrapped mini and regular size Reese’s cups or candy bars.

Peanut Butter Pie


Prep time: 30 minutes, Total time: 3+hours to chill, Difficulty: easy


  • 4 oz. cream cheese-room temp
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 8 oz. cool whip
  • 1 Oreo pie shell
  • chopped Reese’s cups or candy of choice
  • chocolate syrup or turtle syrup (for crunchy chocolate topping)


  1. Mix cream cheese, powder sugar and peanut butter well.
  2. Fold in cool whip.
  3. Pour mixture into pie shell and smooth.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped Reese cups and drizzle chocolate syrup over the top.

Refrigerate for 3-5 hours or until sets.

Check out my “Baking with Candy” Pinterest board where I have pinned other yummy treats and ideas!

3. Create colorful art.

Candy Suncatcher


Supplies needed:

  • hard candy in assorted colors (Jolly Ranchers and suckers work well)
  • baking parchment
  • baking tray
  • metal skewer
  • metal cookie cutter or egg ring
  • ribbon or yarn


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line the baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Place metal cutter or egg ring on top of parchment paper; metal is not necessary if candies are packed close.
  3. Arrange the candies inside the ring on the parchment, think about the placement.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the center is melted flat.
  5. Tilt the tray to swirl the colors. You can use skewer to spiral colors.
  6. Allow the disc formed to cool halfway. You may me able to pop it out otherwise use a pointed knife around the edge to release from metal ring.
  7. Poke a hole in disc with heated metal skewer.
  8. Thread ribbon through hole and tie in a loop.
  9. Let it cool. Hang it up and let the light shine through!

Just remember that too much sunshine will soften the candy and the weight of the candy will tear a hole.

Candy Painting

Mix your own watercolor paints by just adding water to candy! First open all the candy and color sort into cups. Then add just enough water to cover the candy, then gently stir and let sit for a couple minutes. Now you are ready to paint! We tested a few different types of candies and colors – Blue: M&Ms, Pink: Nerds, Purple: Jawbreakers, Green: Jelly Beans. The more candy you have the more concentrated/vibrant the color. Don’t forget to smell your painting! (These will attract bugs, so you may want to take a picture and toss the actual art.)


Turkey Wrapper Collage


  • 2 pieces of card stock
  • turkey template – printable here
  • candy wrappers – flat pieces
  • googly eyes
  • Alene’s craft glue
  • scissors


  1. Draw 5 feather like shapes and a body.
  2. Cut template.
  3.  Glue wrappers to feather shapes and body pieces. You want them to hang off the edges.
  4. Turn them over a trim excess off.
  5. Arrange them on top of card stock.
  6. Glue to card stock.
  7. Add Details. Glue on googly eyes, beak, feet.
  8. Ta da!


4. Use as an education tool.

Take advantage of all these colorful pieces of candy! Use them as learning tools. There are many ways you can use the candy: color and shape sorting; color mixing; Do-a-Dot: letters, shapes and animals; candy counting; math; and graphs. You can find these fun printables here.


5. Decorate your home.

Fill jars, vases and all things pretty with candy. You can open them or leave them in the wrappers.

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 What do you like to do with your leftover Halloween candy? Share with us in the comments!


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2 Responses to 5 Things to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

  1. Jennifer November 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    We let our little one trade in the candy for a new toy. She picks a few pieces that she really likes and leaves the rest in her pumpkin outside the door. In the morning, she finds a surprise! This year, she found My Little Pony friends in her pumpkin!

    • April
      April November 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      That is a great idea Jennifer!

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