Searching for some ideas of what to do with all this extra Halloween candy today, and stumbled across this article:

The Dallas Morning News has some timely suggestions on how to donate or recycle Halloween candy (and keep your kids’ candy stash from creating dental bills):

  • Send it to Operation Gratitude. It goes into care packages for U.S. troops and to children in the communities they patrol. Ship by Dec. 5 to Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Attn: Charlie Othold.
  • Homeless shelters or fire departments in your area might accept candy donations, too. Call and ask.
  • Phillip Done, author of “Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood,” suggests having the Candy Fairy visit your kids. Have your kids write a letter to her and leave most of their candy out before they go to bed at night. She’ll take the candy (for children who couldn’t go trick-or-treating) and leave your kids a gift. For parents, that could be a fair and fun trade.

A sweet dilemma: How to handle excess Halloween candy (Dallas Morning News)