What to Do With That Leftover Halloween Candy?

Halloween is the best, but there is one big challenge that comes with this spooky holiday — figuring out what to do with all of the leftover candy. I’ve had those years when you think four jumbo bags will be enough and still end up sending my husband to the store because we’ve gone through it in 30 minutes. But inevitably, you end up with too much whether from your own stash or your trick-or-treater’s.

So that’s why you’ll find a number of Hamilton County area Candy Buyback options at the end of this article.

First, here is a recipe for my favorite way to use up a little extra Halloween candy.

Halloween Candy Cookie Pizza


  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 3/4 c Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • Candy bars of your choice
  • Candy eyes and Halloween sprinkles {optional}


Let the cookie dough sit out of the fridge for a half hour. Spread out cookie dough on a pizza pan, being sure to use cookie spray on the pan. Bake according to directions on the packaging. I used the shortest amount of time to start and kept an eye until it was the perfect golden brown.

While the cookie is warm out of the oven, dollop the peanut butter and sprinkle the chocolate morsels evenly. Smear the two together to make the ‘pizza sauce.’ If you’re a peanut butter lover, switch the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter.

Chop the candy bars into chunks and sprinkle evenly throughout the pizza. Add the candy eyes and Halloween sprinkles for a festive flair.

Cut and serve. Best eaten warm from the oven and with a glass of cold milk.

If you’ve got a few leftover bags, consider taking them to these local spots that have Candy Buyback programs.

Fishers Family Dentistry
8410 E. 116th Street, Fishers
Phone: (317) 576-0611
Nov. 1, 3-5 pm
For every one pound of candy, families will receive $1.

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
10801 N. Michigan Road, Zionsville
Phone: (317) 873-3448
Nov. 1- 10
Children who bring unopened candy will get treats from the treasure wall.

Deldar Dental
14753 Hazel Dell Crossing Suite 700, Noblesville
Phone: (317) 208-0000
Nov. 1-3
Dr. Mike Deldar will give a $1 donation to his chosen charity, Prevail and a dollar FOR YOU in exchange for your pound of candy. Let’s promote oral health while helping victims of crime and abuse!

Growing Grins Pediatric Dentistry
526 IN-32, Westfield
Phone: (317) 896-9600
Nov. 1-7
For every pound of candy donated, Growing Grins will donate a non-perishable item to a local school’s food pantry. Families are also invited to bring a non-perishable item to donate to the cause.

Hamilton County Pediatric Dentistry
13430 North Meridian St Suite 165
Phone: (317) 846-5893
Nov. 1-16 *Open to current HCPD patients
Operation Gratitude collects Halloween candy for the troops. Families will receive $1 per pound up to five pounds.

Resmer Orthodontics
16000 Prosperity Dr, Noblesville
Phone: (317) 774-8480
Nov. 1
For every pound of candy, families will receive $2 and candy will be sent to the troops.

Martine Dental
7635 E Stonegate Dr, Zionsville
Phone: (317) 769-4880
Nov. 1
For every pound of candy, families will receive $1 and the candy will be sent to the troops.

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