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The Party’s Over: How to Get Rid of your Halloween Candy in Philly

Here are some ways you can get rid of that excess candy, and feel good about it too!

Who doesn’t love trick-or-treating? Halloween was great, but maybe you went a little overboard and now you have bags of candy that—in the light of day—does not seem like the best idea anymore. Here are some ways you can get rid of that excess candy, and feel good about it too!

Around Town

Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters

240 Geiger Road

November 2, 8 am–2 pm


Your extra Halloween candy will earn your kids $1 per pound (up to five pounds). All collected candy is sent to Operation Gratitude and men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and First Responders. Even better, Doc Bresler’s matches dollar for dollar, donating all money to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Ronald McDonald House

3925 Chestnut Street and 100 E. Erie Avenue


Both locations of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House will accept wrapped candy donations. Just buzz in and drop it off, and you’ll be bringing some festiveness to kids and their families who missed out on trick-or-treating due to hospitalization.

Your School!

Many Philadelphia Public Schools are taking candy donations and mailing them to the troops! Check with your HSA to see if your school is participating.

Mailing Options

Operation Shoebox

This group provides support and care packages for troops deployed overseas and returning home. They ask that all candy be individually wrapped, and mailed to:

Operation Shoebox

8360 E. Highway 25

Belleview, FL 34420

Despite the organization’s name, gallon Ziploc bags are preferable to shoeboxes.

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude includes a handful of candy in every care package they send the troops! Ship your candy by November 9 to:

Operation Gratitude

Attn: Halloween Candy Program

21100 Lassen Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278

Include a printed donation form, describing the number of pounds of candy, as well as other additional items you are donating. The group asks that you use plastic bags (preferably zippered) to line your box, and separate candy from any other items in the box. You can also send toothbrushes, floss, and other dental products, to counteract the sugar!

Soldiers’ Angels/Halloween Candy Buyback

This group works with local businesses to arrange candy buybacks, and has a searchable database. If you don’t find a close place, or want to send it straight to the main organization, email InKind@SoldiersAngels.org for a location where you can ship your candy.


Gwyneth K. Shaw contributed to this report.

Photograph from iStock.com/kokouu.

Contributing Writer