Halloween Candy Buyback 2016 Presented By Northwestern Medicine

Our 2016 Halloween Candy Buyback Guide is presented by Northwestern Medicine. Northwestern Medicine family medicine physicians care for entire families and patients of all ages. They are conveniently located in the community you call home.

It’s amazing how quickly the Halloween candy “disappears” in my house, despite being stowed away in the pantry out of reach from the little people who worked so hard for it. No, it’s not because the kids are sneaking it. It’s because Mom and Dad go through and pull out the good stuff for ourselves!  At ages five and seven, I think my kids won’t fall for it this year.

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Instead of our usual candy ruse, we will participate in a candy buyback. Have you heard of these? If you bring your candy to one of these local businesses or dental offices, some will GIVE YOU MONEY and donate your candy to be sent to active duty soldiers or other good causes.  We all know families can do without the excess sugar, so once your children have had the fun of trick-or-treating consider passing the candy on.

Check our list for a location near you, including the details to send your candy to soldiers yourself.

Halloween Candy Buyback Locations

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Image Source: OperationGratitude.com

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude says “thank you to all who serve” all year round by sending care packages, letters, and more to soldiers serving overseas, their families, veterans, and first responders. Ship candy out yourself no later than November 15th, make sure to fill out their donor form, and read through all of the instructions.

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

Local Businesses Offering Buybacks & Drop-Offs For Operation Gratitude
Please adhere to the designated collection days and times for each location. For more details, information and hours, please call the location.

Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC
195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich | (847) 726-0300
Children’s Dentistry Group will collect candy:

  • Tuesday, November 1st from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 2nd from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 3rd from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 4th from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 5th from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

They will pay $1 per pound of candy, up to $5.

Dr. David Honey
915 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. B, Libertyville | 847-362-9700
Dr. David Honey’s office will pay children only $1.00 per pound (up to 10 pounds) for their unopened Halloween candy. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy will be collected:

  • Friday, November 4th from 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.

Diamond Dental Service
754 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich | 847-847-1816
Dr. Lombardo’s office will collect candy:

  • November 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • November 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Candy will be exchanged for “a new bag full of gifts.”

Prairie Orthodontics
1475 North Dilleys Rd., Suite 1, Gurnee | 224-214-0149
5024 Green Bay Rd., Suite 150, Kenosha | 262-637-8800
This is Prairie Orthodontics’ 17th year of hosting a candy buyback! The Kenosha Office will collect:

  • Tuesday, November 1stfrom 12:00 – 6:00 p.m .
  • Tuesday November 8th from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Gurnee office will collect on:

  • Wednesday November 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 7th from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Families can collect $1 for every pound of candy up to 30 pounds. The candy will be donated to PADS of Lake County and Operation Gratitude.
Dr. Russell Pollina
18 E. Dundee Road, Bldg. 5, Suite 100, Barrington  | 847-382-1720
601 W. Central Road, Suite 4, Mt. Prospect | 847-392-2457
Dr. Russell Pollina wants to buy your candy! The collection at the Barrington office is on November 2nd from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the Mount Prospect office on November 3rd from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m..


In 2015, Halloween candy buyback programs shipped 580,000 pounds of donated candy and 16,000 toothbrushes through Operation Gratitude. Visit the Halloween Candy Buy Back website for collection locations outside of Lake County.

Other Candy Donation Programs

Operation Shoebox

Operation Shoebox
(352) 307-6723
Operation Shoebox sends care packages to the men and women serving overseas. To date, they’ve donated over 200 tons of goods to troops. They accept candy year round to be included in their care packages.

Send candy to:
Operation Shoebox
8360 E. Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420

Prairieview PTO
103 E. Belvidere Rd., Hainesville | e-mail
This year the Prairieview PTO is going to try something new. They will be collecting leftover Halloween candy at Prairieview Elementary. The candy will be given to a dental office collecting for Operation Gratitude. This organization also is hopeful to get thank you cards, letters, and drawings to send to the soldiers overseas. Starting November 1st, there will be a collection bin inside the front doors at Prairieview Elementary. You just have to send in your candy and some thank you letters while you are there and it will all be sent to the troops.

Burkey Orthodontics
290 Center Dr., Vernon Hills  |  847-367-1640
Unopened candy will be collected during regular business hours on November 1st through November 11th. Candy will be donated to St. Mary of Vernon Sharing Hands Food Pantry. The office will pay $1 per pound of candy.

Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove
4160 IL 83 Long Grove  |  Phone: 847-634-6166
Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove will exchange your candy Tuesday, November 1st through Saturday, November 6th during regular business hours for a small bag of xylitol candies (sugar-free).
Nutphree’s Bakery
259 Rand Road, Mount Prospect | (847) 754-4320
Trade It! If you’re willing to make the drive to Mount Prospect and your child suffers from nut allergies that limits which candies he or she can enjoy, consider trading your candy for a nut-free cupcake! Nutphree’s is completely free of peanuts, tree nuts and any form of cross-contamination. Children can trade their candy for a safe and FREE cupcake. The collection bin will be located just outside the bakery doors. Collection dates are October 31st through November 5th during normal business hours.

Pediatric Dental Associates
195 N Arlington Heights Rd, Suite 150, Buffalo Grove | (847) 537-7695
690 N IL Route 31 , Crystal Lake | (815) 459-2727
Pediatric Dental Associates  are sending candy to our soldiers abroad to sweeten their lives and show that we are thinking of them! They will pay your child $1 per pound (up to 10 lbs) for their candy they have collected on Halloween.
Every child aged 2-7 years of age will receive money no matter how much candy they donate. The Buffalo Grove office is collecting candy November 3rd & 4th and the Crystal Lake office is collecting candy November 2nd & 3rd.

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