Use Cash To Wean Your Kids Off Halloween Candy
This week your little ghosts, goblins and witches will sort, trade and gorge on their favorite sweets. Some of the scariest parts of Halloween are yet to come, as post Halloween days can be daunting and exhausting for parents. If you are a parent, you know what I am talking about. Fighting with your children and negotiating limits to how much candy they can and will gobble up is a battle.
A way to shorten this tiresome interval of “operation limit sugar-intake,” is to let your kids get paid to give up their loot. Yup. Bribe them with some cold hard cash with The Halloween Candy Buyback Program. This article will show you how.
The Halloween candy buy back program
Check out The Halloween Candy Buyback Program (HCBB), which was founded by Wisconsin dentist Chris Kammer in 2005. The goal of The Halloween Candy Buyback Program is to get candy “off the streets” by having participating dental offices pay $1 for every pound of candy a child brings to them.
Once dentists have collected the candy, they send it to participating veteran organizations. These organizations then put the sweets into care packages and ship them to military troops overseas and to veterans at VA hospitals across the country. Over the years, more than 130 tons of candy has been collected.
Find local Halloween candy buyback centers
To find dental offices that are offering Halloween Candy Buyback events in your area, visit The HCBB’s official website (The Halloween Candy Buyback Program) and search the provided zip code database.
If you live within a five mile radius of Natick, MA, here is a list of participating dental offices:
131 Main Street
Wayland, Ma, 01778
Phone: (508) 651-0500
Framingham Dental Center
1283 Old Worcester Road
Framingham, MA, 01701
Papageorgiou Dental Associates
959 Worcester Street
Natick, MA, 01760
Lakewood Park Orthodontics
214 North Main St., Suite 209
Natick, MA, 01760
Phone: (508) 319-1545
Parents, you now have a tool that will help unload candy that will cross your threshold this week. Introducing kids to The Halloween Candy Buyback Program is a great way to teach them about moderation and how to think strategically about what it is that they truly want and what they will give up for it.
Once the kids dump their candy for cash, their wallets/piggybanks will grow, not their tummies!
- How do you handle the excess of candy that floods into your house each Halloween?
- What do you think of The Halloween Candy Buyback Program?
- Have you and your kids’ ever participated in a buyback event before? If yes, what did your kids think of it?
- Have you received a candy care package while overseas in the military or as a veteran? If yes, what was the experience like?
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