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Where to donate unwanted Halloween candy

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 18:57:57-04

All over the Cincinnati area, 40 degree temperatures and winds that made it feel a lot colder made for a slow Halloween night at Trick or Treat time.

And when it was over, homeowners like Devonte Perry noticed a lot of treats left in their bowls.

"I was left with a lot," he said."A lot of kids didn't come out last night due to the rain and coldness."

You can try returning them if you did not open up the large bags. However, if you opened the bags, Kroger, Target, Walgreens and other stores won't take individual pieces back.

In addition, some stores may only give you the current 50% off sale price, as they really don't want to take it back.

So sure, if you have some unopened bags of candy and you still have your receipt you can try returning them to the store, but there's a satisfaction in knowing you donated the candy to someone who'd appreciate it.

Dentists offices taking candy

Bell Dental Group of Hyde park is one of several dentists offices taking unwanted candy.

Dr Maggie Ernst says they will even pay kids up to $5 ($1 per pound), for candy that they then donate to the Ronald McDonald house.

"It's been great, so far," she said. "I think the parents like it more than the kids like it. But we've definitely had a pretty steady stream of kids today and it runs through next week, so hopefully we will have kids every day."

So check with your dentist or orthodontist to see if they are taking back candy.

Other options:

Treats for Troops in Northern Kentucky.

  • Operation Gratitude, which is taking donations at mother Teresa Elementary School during school hours in Liberty Township next week.

Of course you can always do what Devonte Perry did, and have a second Halloween. "This morning I saw a lot of kids going to school, so I passed it out to them," he said.

As always, don't waste your money.


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