It’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!