10 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy & Decorations
Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to put up the spooky decorations and pack away the costumes. But what about all of that candy? Will the kids really eat all of it? Or maybe the question is will Mom and Dad really let the kids eat all of the candy? Do you plan on keeping the kids’ Halloween costumes or will you donate it to a thrift store? What are you going to do with all of your Halloween leftovers?Don't get rid of your #Halloween stuff! Save it for these cool projects! Click To Tweet
Before you pack up your Halloween decorations and give away the things you don’t want, check out these 10 ways you can reuse your costumes and decorations. Or if you’re like me and really love hitting up the stores for their big clearance sale after a holiday, then this list may give you a few ideas on what to do with Halloween clearance products.
1. Save Halloween costumes for dramatic play.
My toddlers (ages 4 and 1) love to play dress-up. Sometimes my teens will play with their younger brother and sister and their dress-up box. My little ones think it’s the funniest thing. I usually buy the dress-up clothes from the thrift store because it’s cheaper than spending $20+ on a costume that they will outgrow in a matter of months. I also like to keep their Halloween costumes to add to their dress-up box. And I go to stores like Kroger, Target, and Walmart to buy leftover Halloween accessories, costumes, and wigs for dramatic play.
2. Use Halloween decorations for props.
Depending on the age of your child and what kind of spooky things you’re into, you can use your Halloween decorations for props for dramatic play. Or you can buy some decor from the store. Most stores mark their Halloween decorations on clearance after the holiday is over.
3. Create a treasure box!
You can use Halloween party favors for a treasure box. When my older son (now 16) went to daycare, his class would go to the treasure box on Fridays. You can do this at home, too. Have your kids decorate a box and fill it up with leftover or cheap party favors. Your kids won’t mind that their treasure is from Halloween. I promise.
4. Save Halloween candy and treats for special rewards.
Sometimes when my teens and toddlers are working on special assignment or project, I like to give them treats for encouragement. For instance, when Zhen (4) is learning a new skill, I will give her a special treat for all of her hard work. You can save your Halloween candy or buy candy on clearance to use for this purpose.
5. Use Halloween coloring books for long car rides.
Sometimes I have to pick my husband up from work, and the drive is always long. If I don’t pack activities for my kids, they will go stir crazy in the van. Halloween-themed activity books and coloring books would be perfect for long car rides. Or if you have a doctor’s appointment and you know the wait may be long, you can take the coloring books with you. It’s a great way to keep your little ones and even your big kids busy!
6. Make a gingerbread house!
There’s always that one house that gives out the candy nobody likes. Ha! So don’t throw it out! Save it for a special project, like a Christmas gingerbread house! If you like to make your gingerbread house from scratch, you can save leftover/unwanted candy for your creation. Your kids will love it!
7. Save Halloween treats for Christmas stockings.
I mean think about it, after Halloween Christmas is 53 days away! So if you save any leftover Halloween candy or buy marked down candy now, it would still be good for Christmastime. And it’s okay if there’s a pumpkin on the candy. Or you could always…
8. …use leftover Halloween candy for dessert recipes.
M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces can used for cookies. Hershey’s Kisses and candy bars can be used to on top of cakes and brownies. Pumpkins can be used to make pumpkin pie. Candies can also be used as ice cream toppings. November and December are known for baking special desserts, so save your leftover candy or buy candy on clearance to make your holiday dessert recipes!
9. Save Halloween greeting cards for writing activities.
For our preschool homeschool, I do “writing center time”. I put small notebooks in a basket with different crayons, color pencils, and pens. I also like to buy greeting cards for their writing time. Zhen is 4, so she understands what a greeting card is. She likes to write in them and give them to family. Zhen and Zechariah usually draw/write for 20-25 minutes. So you can use Halloween greeting cards and notebooks for writing time.
10. Use Halloween-themed cookie cutters for clay creations.
I bought a package of pumpkin and leaf-shaped cookie cutters at Target and Walmart. My little ones use it when playing with their Play-doh. They enjoy making different shapes and pretending to make cookies. Cookie cutters make a great tool for playing with clay!Here are 10 ways to use leftover #Halloween candy and decor! Click To Tweet
So as you can see, there are so many fun things you can do with your leftover Halloween candy and decorations. I like to use our leftovers for various homeschool activities, too. What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy and decorations?