25 Most Clever & Creative Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy Cookie Cake Recipe So, the best way to use up leftover Halloween candy is obviously to eat it all while your kids are sleeping. Duh.

But if you don’t feel like gaining 25 pounds before Thanksgiving even hits, here are some clever ideas for having fun with all of that candy. Skittles Paint

We’ve broken them into four categories: Crafting with Candy, Learning with Candy, Cooking with Candy, and Giving with Candy.
Candy Jewelry DIY

Take a peek at our clever tips, ideas, and links; then take Halloween to the next level by extending the fun of your sweet stash for a few more days…

Crafting with Candy:
Turn your stash into beautiful jewelry with a bunch of fun (and totally wearable!) tutorials at With Lovely. Candy Jewelry DIY

Gather the fam and the haul, then make our Pop Tart Gingerbread House. The kids will have so much fun making this!
Pop Tart Gingerbread House

Use Starburst wrappers to make some pretty bracelets. Get the tutorial at Fluffyland. Starburst Wrapper Bracelets

Make these adorable gum drop girls, and the matching board game at Restless Risa. Gumdrop Girls DIY Board Game with Printables

Make a candy wreath! This one is made with Lima Beans to look like candy corn, but it was so beautiful w had to share, and you could make a short-term one with real candy. Get the DIY at Skip to My Lou. Candy Corn Wreath

Make a candy picture frame by gluing the good stuff to a frame you have lying around, kind of like this one spotted at Kojo Designs. Candy Picture Frame

Get a head start on Christmas by crafting your advent calendar early. We love this advent calendar DIY made from toilet paper rolls at Morning Creativity. Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar

Turn that Halloween Candy into a Christmas Countdown Garland at Landeelu. Candy Garland

Learning with Candy:
Whip out the fun-size candy bars and do this fun sink-or-float science experiment. We did our own sink or float and my daughter loved it, but this one is even more fun with candy. Learn all about it at Reading Confetti. candy bar sink or float science

Make colorful candy potions with Housing a Forest. Candy Potions

Turn candy into a STEM learning game with Jellybean Math at Mama Miss. Jellybean Math

Make glossy skittles paint with Mama Papa Hubba. Skittles Paint

Learn about sorting and graphing using SweeTARTS over at Mama Papa Bubba. Sweet Tarts sorting and graphing

Get out some balloons and your Halloween stash to learn some fun facts doing balloon experiments with candy at Learn Play Imagine. Balloon Experiments with Candy

Make some candy DNA! I want to do this right now! Learn more at Needlessly Dramatic.Candy DNA

Learn about earthquakes through candy! Understand how candy can simulate the action of tectonic plates and learn how to teach it to your littles at Science Matters. Candy Tectonic Plates

Cooking with Candy:
You can gather up all that candy corn and make the Pioneer Woman’s deelish Candy Corn Popcorn Balls with this recipe at Food Network. Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

Make some kit crunch bars with this scrumptious recipe from Averie Cooks. Kit Kat Crunch Bars Recipe

Turn all of that candy into a candy cookie cake with this amazing recipe from Baker by Nature. Halloween Candy Cookie Cake Recipe

Turn that leftover candy into something that at least has a guise of healthiness.. Granola! Get the Monster Cookie Granola recipe at Something Swanky. Leftover Halloween Candy Granola Recipe

Some leftover candy and a beautiful dish means there is a trifle in your future! Make this Halloween M&M candy trifle from The Kitchen Magpie. M&M Brownie Trifle Recipe

So, cookie dough popcorn is a thing, and you can make it. Get the recipe from Inside Bru Crew Life. Monster Cookie Dough Popcorn

You know there is one person in your family who freaking loves Whoppers! It’s probably your grandpa or your dad (if you are me). Here’s a recipe for Malted Milk and Whoppers Cookies from Averie Cooks. Whoppers Cookie Recipe

And of course, everyone’s favorite salty-and-sweet sugar snack bar is a SNICKERS!Make these easy snickers cheesecakes with this delectable recipe from A Pumpkin and a Princess. Fun Size Snickers Cheesecakes

Giving with Candy:
And finally (and maybe best of all?) you can donate your candy through the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, which sends your candy to troops overseas while your kids get more tooth-friendly goodies from a local dentist. Learn more about the program and search for a participating dentist in your area here: Halloween Candy Buy Back.


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Love the idea about the Halloween Candy Buy Back! We kind of do a similar thing except with yummy, gluten-free, non-GMO snack bars. For every bar someone buys we give a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. Over 500,000 packets so far!


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