Kids Activities Using Leftover Halloween Candy

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Posted on Oct 31 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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Now that your little ghost and goblins have had their trick-or-treating fun on Halloween what do you with all of the Halloween candy? I know that I want to find creative ways to use the candy throughout the month of November and December. 

Kids Activities Using Leftover Halloween Candy

Here are just a few fun ideas of ways to incorporate that leftover Halloween candy into your learning adventures! 

Paint with Chocolate

Paint with Chocolate:

This easy and fun hands-on art project is sure to be a hit with your kids! Simply grab a few bite sized chocolate bars from your child’s trick-or-treating adventure, a small bowl of warm water, and a piece of paper (we used cardstock). 

Paint with Chocolate

Paint with Chocolate

Dip an end of the chocolate bar in the warm water and let your little artists to go work painting and creating. The best part about this art project is that when they are done they can eat their chocolate bars!  

Weighing Candy

Weighing Candy

Another fun thing to do is to use your candy as a math lesson. There are a lot of things to do with your candy to express your child or student’s math skills, but I wanted to reinforce the topic of weights and conversion factors, so I made it fun. I started out by introducing Beck and Elizabeth to our fun scale from Learning express. I explained how it works and what we can use it for. Then, I had them pick out 2 matching pieces of 9 different shapes and varieties of candy. They selected the ones pictured, but you can use any candy really. Then, I had them think about which one was the heaviest using their five senses, touching them, and using whatever method they wanted, short of opening them up. Then, we set out to figure out which one was heaviest by comparing two different pieces at a time in the scale until they had them in lowest to highest weight order. Once we had our order we also had fun trying to see if we could balance different combinations of candy pieces and all the while they were practicing their match weight skills. Both children had fun as they did this. Once we discussed our results, we reduced their weight to almost nothing by enjoying them! 

Here are even more fun ways to use your Halloween candy:

  • Use these super cute free Halloween Hershey’s Kisses Stickers to create a memory game with almost any wrapped candy!
  • Make a countdown to Christmas advent with this fun idea by Alpha Mom
  • Have a fun candy scavenger hunt thanks to this game by Thirty Handmade Days
  • Have some Sink or Float Candy Science hands-on learning fun thanks to this idea by Reading Confetti
  • Save it to decorate your Christmas gingerbread house!
  • If your household is anything like me sometimes you have some sneaky little magic elves that come and take candy from your child’s Halloween candy stash while they sleep (i.e. my husband and I). Make sure on one of those late night candy treats you make this awesome Butterfinger Popcorn by Six Sisters Stuff!

I hope that this gives you all some ideas and suggestions on how to put some of that leftover Halloween candy to good use. What are your favorite activities to do with your kids with their leftover candy?

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  • I love the idea of painting with leftover chocolate! We don’t eat a lot of candy but my 4 kids have really been asking to go trick-or-treating this year. This would be a good motivator to let them go because we wouldn’t have to eat all the candy!

  • These are great ideas! I’ve been thinking about what we’re going to do with all this candy. We still have a lot of candy left over from last year!! I think incorporating them into our homeschool will work great. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Painting with chocolate, what a fun idea!

  • Wow! Painting with chocolate is such a clever idea. And I love how these activities don’t involve eating all the candy. I know when I was a kid, I would gorge on it and feel gross afterward. 🙂

  • I have to do some of this with all the candy my oldest can’t eat!

  • I love the painting with chocolate idea! My girls will love to get messy with their favorite food, chocolate!

  • Clever! Like the chocolate painting.

  • What great ideas for all that leftover candy!

  • Great ideas for leftover candy!

  • NO WAY!
    I’ve never even thought to paint with chocolate!?
    OMG. LOVE!!!

    I may not have kids, but I have a LOT of left-over candy from baking projects. I might go chocolate painting crazy!

    🙂 Anna

  • I love the weighing idea. We only had 3 trick-or-treater groups last night so we have a lot of candy leftover.

  • I love all the ideas presented here. I never would have thought of that when my kids were little. Homeschooling really has you think outside the box.

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  • hank you joining us on Pin Worthy Wednesdays this week. I have posted this to the group Pin Worthy page. Hope you will join us next week!

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  • I love these Idea’s! My little monkey man is not able to have food coloring so he can not eat most of his candy! I love that he can still use it for fun! Thanks for linking up at mommy needs a time out Thursdays!