The 2019 Halloween Candy Buyback


The Great Halloween Candy BuybackIt’s that time of year! Halloween is upon us, which equals lots of fun, spooky events, creative costumes, and — everyone’s favorite — candy! But while one of the greatest Halloween traditions of all time is the mom-raiding of the kids’ candy haul, none of us want to deal with the weeks-long sugar binge from our kids or the extra five pounds we get from snacking on endless fun-size Snickers and Twix. But the good news is, there is such a thing as candy buybacks! Many local dentists participate with Operation Gratitude to take that extra candy off your hands, which is then sent in care packages to troops stationed overseas. The mission of Operation Gratitude is to lift spirits, bring a smile to a service member’s face, and express to our troops the appreciation of the American people.

Here are some local options to get that extra candy off your hands, help raise some military morale, and — bonus! — maybe even get a little cash, too!

  • Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store
    5 South 2nd Street
    Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
    October 27th – November 3rd
    Bring in your new, unopened candy, and receive a 20% discount off of one item!
  • West Dentistry
    2301 Park Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32204
    November 4th – November 6th
    One bag of Halloween candy will net you one AMC movie ticket in return.
  • Kids First Dentistry
    4495 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 111
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    November 1st – November 6th
    For every pound of candy your child brings in, they receive $1!
  • Fishman Pediatric Dentistry
    552 Jacksonville Dr
    Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
    November 1st – 5th
    Every pound donated gets an entry into a drawing for a FREE Sonic Care kit for kids!
  • Seaside Children’s Dentistry
    1100-2 S Ponce De Leon Blvd
    Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
    November 1st – November 11th
    For every pound of Halloween candy you bring in, your kiddo can get $1, AND a goody bag with a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, mouthwash, and a healthy snack!

Do you have any other suggestions for your extra candy? Leave your tips in the comments, and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Cassy Fiano-Chesser
Cassy Fiano-Chesser is a Jacksonville native and mom to six kids. Her husband is a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. She works from home as a blogger and a freelance writer, and they currently live in the Argyle area of Jacksonville. Benjamin is their oldest, born in 2011, and he loves being a big brother. Wyatt was born in 2012, and he has Down syndrome. Ivy came next, in 2013, followed by Clara, born in 2015, who is a diva-with-a-capital-D. Rounding out the brood is Felicity, born in 2017, and Lilly, born in 2007. They love discovering things to do on the First Coast and going on family adventures, as well as cheering on the Jumbo Shrimp and the Icemen.


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