It never ceases to amaze me the amount of candy kids pull in just from going door to door dressed up in a superhero costume or a funny wig. Yet, as Halloween approaches, we still find ourselves scouring the inserts for candy coupons, searching high and low for the best price on candy corn, and stocking up on a year's worth of chocolate bars.

But now there’s a more positive alternative to getting rid of that extra candy than hiding in the pantry sneaking pieces of the kids’ stash until it finally runs out in March (okay, closer to Thanksgiving). Your local dentist’s office may be willing to take all that blood-sugar crashing, hyperactivity-inducing, cavity-creating candy off your hands. And even better, they’re willing to pay $1 for each pound of candy you pass off to them!

And here's the best part—you can feel good about where that candy goes! Dentists’ offices will be packaging up these unopened treats and shipping them off to U.S. troops and their families. If you've ever served our country or know someone who has, you know how much of a mood-booster a package from home can be.

So if you have children who are sensitive to sugar highs, kids sporting braces who are not allowed to eat hard candy, or just overbought candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters and don't want all that temptation hanging around, check with your local dentist's office and see if they are offering a Halloween candy buyback program!

If you do not have a local dentist’s office offering this program, why not offer to help them set one up? Head over to and see how you can set up a drop-off center in your local district. Operation Gratitude is accepting donations from October 1st to December 5th at their center in California. All packages will be personally labeled and shipped to U.S. troops all over the world. And if you check their website, you will find a list of other items they are collecting, as well.

So let's put all those coupon discounts to good use and support the troops who help keep us safe!

Help Troops by Selling Leftover Halloween Candy to Your Dentist