Could you convince your kids to dump all of their Halloween candy at the dentist’s office?
What if they could get some freebies — or even cash — out of the deal?
If you think you can wrest even a single fun-sized Snickers bar out of your child’s hands, keep reading.
How (and Why) to Participate in the 2016 Halloween Candy Buyback
In 2005, dentist Chris Kammer was anticipating — or, more accurately, dreading — another Halloween.
From the perspective of a dental professional, Halloween was a “nightmare,” an ill-advised sugar free-for-all augmenting the rampant tooth decay he saw in younger and younger patients.
Hoping to get some of the October glut of candy “off the streets,” he decided to “buy” his patients’ Halloween candy back from them for a buck a pound.
The next year, he asked some of his colleagues to get involved, suggesting they send the resultant candy to troops overseas. (Once you’re an adult, at least you know you’re rotting your teeth and expanding your waistline.)
The Halloween Candy Buyback saves your childens’ teeth and sweetens soldiers’ lives. And in some cases, it might just give you the opportunity to teach your kids the value of a dollar.
Whether participating dentists offer oral hygiene goods, freebies or cash, the program introduces kids to the warmth and magic of charitable giving — pouring significantly less sugar into their systems is an added bonus.
How can you not win?
How to Find a Candy Buyback Location Near You
If the idea of giving up your — er, your children’s — hard-won sugary goods is sounding a little less bonkers, it’s really easy to get in on the candy buyback.
Just head to this page and type your ZIP code into the box in the upper right-hand corner.
Participating locations within your parameters will pop up, which you can then contact for full details including buyback dates and what they plan on exchanging — cash, toothbrushes or even sugar-free candy.
Head on down after your trick-or-treating haul and smile. After all, healthy teeth go with any costume.
Your Turn: Will you participate in the Halloween Candy Buyback this year?
Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.