Where to Donate Halloween Candy


Halloween is officially over for the year! If you have unwanted candy around your home, we have you covered! Having candy is wonderful, but if there is too much and it’s a too tempting for you or your kids to eat it, then it’s best to get send it elsewhere. We have rounded up where to donate Halloween candy. Some even offer candy buy back programs. Take advantage of this and encourage your children to think critically about what to do with ALL of the candy. Here are three ways to donate candy with lots of locations to choose from.

Where to donate Halloween Candy

1. Candy Buy Back Locations

These local dental offices, pediatric offices, and even a toy store are buying back candy! Most have a limit of 5 lbs. which is typically $5. Children’s Choice Dental is even having a fair and are including a Candy Buy Back as a part of the fun. The Toy Nest is exchanging it for toys!

These Candy Buy Back opportunities only last a limited time! Be sure to check their site, give them a call, or DM them on Instagram to see when, where, and for how long they are participating.

Bruno Orthodontics 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1260, Chevy Chase, MD

Capital Area Pediatrics Various locations in Northern Virginia

Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 2013 Bunker Hill Road, NE DC

Fenton Family Dental 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 708, Silver Spring, MD

Smile Valley Pediatric Dentistry 4910 Massachusetts Ave., NW DC

The Toy Nest 125 N Washington St., Falls Church, VA

U Street Family Dentistry 1515 U Street, NW, Suite A1 DC

VK Pediatric Dentistry 5001 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 

2. Donate to Operation Shoebox

Donate Candy YEARROUND with Operation Shoebox. Volunteers mail care packages that include candy (and letters and other goods) to our beloved military. They appreciate it! Gather candy (heat-resistant during warm months) and mail it to:

Operation Shoebox
8360 East Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420

3. Treats for Troops

Treats for Troops loves getting candy before Halloween so they can send it to the troops ahead of Halloween, but here are locations to drop off candy after Halloween (and year round). Please check opening hours and to confirm they are currently taking candy before dropping candy off.

9Round Kickboxing, 123 N Pitt St ste 150, Alexandria, VA

Caboose Commons with Kiwanis Tysons, 2918 Eskridge Rd, Fairfax, VA

PMCA, 325 7th St NW 9th Floor, Washington, DC

Navy Federal Credit Union, 7168 Richmond Hwy, Suite D, Alexandria, VA

NuLine Insurance Services, 25th St NE, Washington, DC

Sedona Taphouse Chantilly, 4970 Westcroft Blvd, Centreville, VA

Westfield High School DECA, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA

Also, if you are able to organize a candy donation spot at school or in your neighborhood and volunteer to bring candy to one of these locations, that would be helpful to your community. It is little things like this that make communities special. Please share this guide of where to donate Halloween candy with friends!

Lastly, if you aren’t able to make it to any of these locations and simply need to throw the candy away, that is ok too! If we have mistakenly left a location off, please email us at info @ dcmoms.com and let us know. We’d love to include it!

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Courtney Whittington
Courtney was born and raised in Louisiana where she met her husband (married in 2005). They have moved several times, but finally feel very settled in NW DC after moving back in 2016. She has four energetic kids: Cormac (2010), Evangeline (2013), Solomon (2016), and Antoinette (2019). She thinks motherhood is absolutely wonderful, but is constantly trying to figure out how to manage it all. She spends her days talking Star Wars, playing with legos, doing crafts, having tea parties, and chasing her toddler. Motherhood is wonderful and wild and in 2017 she banded together with other mothers to start DC Area Moms to inspire, learn, and grow together. She loves morning coffee, chocolate, chatting with people since she's an extrovert, a clean house (which is rare these days). She dislikes when her kids don't listen the first time, she abhors littering, and doesn't enjoy shopping. 


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