Halloween Candy Buy-Back {2017}

The Halloween Candy Buy-Back Guide is brought to you by Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC in Lake Zurich. Dr. Paul Herer, Dr. Melissa Patenio, Dr. Sarah Mahmoud and Dr. Anu Krishnamurthy along with their entire staff have the magic touch to take the anxiety out of dental care and make it a pleasant experience for children and their parents. 

Trick-or-treating is an annual highlight for many kids–the fun of dressing up, the thrill of going door-to-door, the sweet taste of the candy loot. Without a doubt, all this fun typically leads to an intense sugar high and an inevitable sugar crash (and maybe a cavity or two). In our house we have three young girls who don’t quite know (or don’t yet care, maybe) how to keep track of their candy once they bring it home. As much as I love a good stash of candy, it’s dangerous to have it in the house!

This year we are excited to participate in a Halloween Candy Buy-Back. This is a perfect opportunity to get most of the candy out of the house and into the hands of active duty soldiers or other good causes.

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Check our list for a participating location near you. Most are dentist and orthodontic offices who use this program as a great way to promote oral health and provide our soldiers with a treat and a smile. You can also send candy directly to soldiers — see the information below.

Halloween Candy Buy-Back Locations

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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
21100 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
ATTN: Halloween Candy
*Editors Note 10/23/17 – Candy sent to Operation Gratitude at the old address on Victory Boulevard will be returned.*

Local Businesses Offering Buy-Backs & 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.

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Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC
195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich | (847) 726-0300
Dr. Paul Herer, Dr. Melissa Patenio, Dr. Sarah Mahmoud, and Dr. Anu Krishnamurthy
Children’s Dentistry Group will collect candy November 1 through November 4 during business hours.

  • Wednesday, November 1 from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 2 from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 3 from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4 from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

They will pay $1 per pound of candy, up to $5. Check out our  review of Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC and learn why you should take your kids there!

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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 3 from 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4 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 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • November 2 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 | (847) 249-8800
5024 Green Bay Rd., Suite 150, Kenosha | (262) 637-8800
This is Prairie Orthodontics’ 18th year of hosting a candy buy-back!

  • The Kenosha Office will collect on Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8.
  • The Gurnee office will collect from Monday, October 30 through Friday, November 9. 

Please call or check their website for office hours.  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 Wednesday, November 1 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and the Mount Prospect office on Thursday, November 2 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Visit the Halloween Candy Buy Back website for collection locations outside of Lake County.


Other Candy Donation Programs

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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

Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove
4160 IL 83, Long Grove | (847) 634-6166
Associated Dental Specialists of Long Grove will exchange your candy Wednesday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 8 during regular business hours for a small bag of xylitol candies (sugar-free).

Nutphree’s Bakery
480 Lively Blvd., Elk Grove Village | (847) 754-4320
Trade It! If your child has a nut allergy and you’re willing to make the drive to Elk Grove Village, consider trading 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 30 through November 4 during normal business hours.

Jump America
880 Lakeside Dr, Gurnee  | (224) 900-2996
Bring in your candy from October 31 – November 10th! If you bring in 10 or more pieces you will receive $3 off your first hour of open jump. All candy must be store bought and wrapped, and fun size or larger.


What will you be doing with all that leftover candy?

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A Friendly Dental Home For Every Child

Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC in Lake Zurich understands that children are not just small adults. Kids aren’t always able to be patient and cooperative during dental procedures. Their expert team knows how to examine and treat children in ways that make them as comfortable as possible while providing parents with peace of mind as well.

Connect with Children’s Dentistry Group, LLC
195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 60047 | (847) 726-0300

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