Usually there are several candy buy back options in the Ann Arbor area – mostly at dental offices. I just checked all of the ones we had listed for 2019, and none are listing 2019 opportunities. The Facebook statement below explains that the extra office traffic caused by the program makes social distancing in their office too difficult.
Update 11/4/2020: I have foudn one office participating
- Dexter Pediatric Dentistry – 7015 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd, Dexter
- Saturday, November 7 9a-noon – Drive up candy exchange
- $1/pound of candy, limit of 5 pounds per family
- Candy is donated to overseas troops via Operation Gratitude
I also checked the official Treats for Troops website that many offices participated through. They list no locations in the greater Ann Arbor area.
So it seems like you may be stuck with your leftover candy in 2020. With Halloween on Saturday, it is possible that some programs may be announced on Monday. I will check back and update if there are any more options.
How to Use Candy
So now that you have all this extra candy, what can you do with it?
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
If the giant bowl is suddenly empty, the kids are sure to notice. But, you can take a handful out a day and hide it away. Then you can spread out usage of it.
Save that Halloween Candy for baking! Thanksgiving desserts, Christmas Cookies, and more. I love M&M cookies. Chopped up Reese’s PB Cups also work great for cookies, cheesecake, or brownies.
There are usually a few local opportunities to make gingerbread houses in November & December. With social distancing, I doubt that will happen. Plan to make your own at home. Buy a kit for the house (or bake if you’re more ambitious than me), and use Halloween candy for decorations. M&M’s, Reeses Cups, Hershey Bars, Starburst, Sour Patch Kids, Smarties, and Tootsie Rolls are some great candy to save for your gingerbread houses.
Save that candy and dole it out as a reward. I know we’ve donated candy to classrooms or after school activities in the past. With many kids still learning at home, break it out for a reward. Whether it’s learning a new concept or getting through the day without complaining.
Don’t buy candy for Christmas stockings, Easter Baskets, or other events. Simply add the leftover Halloween candy. Pro tip for this one: Sort through the candy and use any with Halloween distinct packaging for other purposes.
As always, if you know of any that I missed, please let me know.
2019 Ann Arbor Halloween Candy Buy Back Programs
- Ann Arbor Smiles -2365 South Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor
- Monday, November 4 from 5-7p
- Beacon Dental – 7200 Dan Hoey Rd, Suite D, Dexter
- November 4 – 10a-7p
- November 5 – 9a-6p
- November 6-7 – 9a-5p
- $1/pound (up to 5 pounds)
- Donated to troops (with a toothbrush) through Operation Gratitude
- Bright Side Dental Offices – Canton Office – 6460 N. Canton Center Rd, Canton
- Donation November 1-5
- Raffle ticket for donated candy
- Other locations in Clarkston, Livonia, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, St Clair Shores, Southfield, Farmington, and Warren
- not offering in 2020 – David Schmidt, DDS Ypsilanti Dentist – 1900 Packard Rd, Ypsilanti
- Friday, November 1 through Friday, November 8
- $1/pound ($5/child max) plus a raffle ticket to win a Family Movie Night Gift Card
- Candy will be donated to Food Gatherers
- Saline Orthodontics
- $1/lb candy ($10 limit per person)
- Collected November 1, 4, 5, 6 from 6-8p
- Candy is sent to Treats for Troops
Candy Donation Programs
There are also places that accept candy donations for use through the year.
- 2019 Michigan Foster Care Closet Ann Arbor – used at their Gingerbread House event.
- 2019 Tessa’s Treats – Used for snacks in the family room of the NICU at DeVos Childrens Hopsital. Collections Options :
- Sandy Sedlar will be collecting at The Little Seedling – November 3 from 10a-12:30p
Where to Get the Candy?
Of course before you can participate in a Candy Buy Back program, you need to gather the candy.
Did you know that most local cities and towns have designated trick or treat hours? They’re all relatively normal evening of Halloween hours.
There are also plenty of other Halloween events where kids can gather candy. Check out our list of Washtenaw Halloween Happenings.