When Halloween is over, and the best candy is gone, do your kids just force their way through the rest of the bag or do they toss it out? Neither is a good idea, especially when there is a Halloween Candy Buy Back option.
How did it Get Started? The Halloween Candy buy back program was started by a Dentist. (Who would have guessed it?) Dr. Aly Kanani, a Vancouver dentist and Invisalign expert wanted to teach kids that too much candy was bad for them. He decided to encourage kids to cut back on Halloween consumption by getting them to sell him their Halloween candy for $1.00 per pound.
While his own kids thought it was a ridiculous idea, it still caught on. In addition to the $1.00 per pound that the child gets, their school also gets $2.00 per pound. The school whose kids turn in the most candy get a $1000.00 bonus donation.
How to Participate? If you live in Vancouver, you can get information on turning in your candy to Dr. Kanani at LangleyCandyBuyBack.com. If you don’t live in Vancouver, you can still participate. It seems the idea really caught on. At Halloweencandybuyback.com, you can plug in your zip code into the search engine and find a dentist near you to sell your candy back too. (I was able to find ten locations within five miles from me.)
Who benefits? There are two main winners in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. First, the kids don’t eat nearly as much candy and they get a few extra dollars to add to their piggy banks. In addition, the candy is sent to Operation Gratitude with the California Army National Guard where soldiers oversees use it to share with children oversees. That means kids in warring countries get candy too!
I find it kind of ironic that we are getting kids in the US to give up their candy to save their teeth and are instead sending it overseas where kids don’t have good dental care, but at least it brings a smile to the faces of both the kids who get the money, and the kids who get the treat. Maybe the dentists should send over tooth brushes and toothpaste too.