There's no better time to give back and spread cheer than on a holiday — Halloween included! If you're looking to make a positive impact in someone's life this Halloween, you may consider donating candy to those who could use a sweet treat to lift their spirits. Whether you're planning to give back on your own, or looking to instill charitable values in your children after trick-or-treating, keep reading to learn more about where you can donate Halloween candy this spooky season.
United Way is a nonprofit whose mission is to "improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good." The organization is known for putting on Halloween events for children and making the holiday a little more special for underserved communities. Visit their website to find your local chapter and inquire about Halloween candy donations.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities is a nonprofit that seeks to support families who are coping with serious child illness. Because these children are unable to go trick-or-treating, many chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities will accept unopened Halloween candy to share with the children coping with illness and their families. Find your local chapter and inquire about whether or not they could use candy donations to help spread Halloween cheer.
Operation Gratitude proudly distributes donated candy to deployed troops, local military units, veterans, and first responders. Fill out the registration form and get matched with a local military unit, first responder department, or veteran organization. If a match can't be found, you can still ship your candy to the organization's candy processing center in Los Angeles.
Operation Shoebox sends thoughtful care packages to troops and is known for including candy — especially around the holidays. Other sweet goodies they will accept as donations for their care packages include granola bars and individually-wrapped cookies. Visit their website to learn more about donating.
Sometimes you don't have to look far and wide to make a difference. Call around to your local food pantries, nursing homes and shelters to see if they would be interested in accepting new, unopened Halloween candy. There's something special about giving back to your own community, and doing something positive for the other members in it.