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.
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
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 9th, make sure to fill out their donor form, and read through all of the instructions.
21100 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
ATTN: Halloween Candy
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 of operation, we recommend calling the offices directly.
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 6 during business hours.They will pay $1 per pound of candy, up to $5. The candy will be sent in care packages with toothbrushes, paste, and other goodies to support our troops overseas!
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. Halloween goodies will be passed out along with a chance to win in a raffle. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy will be collected Friday, November 2, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
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! 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.
Lake Forest Dental Associates
133 E Laurel, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Lake Forest Dental Associates will buy unopened candy for $1 per pound, up to 10 pounds. Collection will be held November 1-3 during office hours.
Pediatric Dental Associates, PC and Partners In Oral Health
195 Arlington Hts., Rd. St.150, Buffalo Grove, 60089 | (847) 537-7695
Collection dates: November 1 and 2 during normal business hours. They will pay $1 per pound of candy up to $10 max. Children can include letters for the troops as well.
Visit the Halloween Candy Buy Back website for collection locations outside of Lake County.
Other Candy Donation Programs:
P.A.D.S of Lake County is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, housing, and resources to families experiencing homelessness in Lake County. Prairie Orthodontics collects your candy expressly for donation to P.A.D.S. of Lake County.
6121 Washington Street Suite 204, Gurnee, 60031 | (847) 249-8800
Collection dates for the Gurnee office are October 29 and 31 and November 1, 5 and 8 during normal office hours.
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:
8360 E. Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420
480 Lively Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 | (847) 754-4320
Drop off your Halloween Candy November 1-10 and receive one free cupcake or non-food treat per child! All collected candy will be sent to our troops overseas.
What will you be doing with all that leftover candy?