Excess Halloween candy {& pumpkins} on your hands? Here’s how to best get rid of both!

What can I do with all this leftover Halloween Candy?

Donate It!

Seacoast Kids Calendar has rounded up many nearby locations that will happily take your Halloween candy and find a great way to share it with others.

#1. Discover Portsmouth loves to share and provide treats to visitors attending the upcoming 32nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibition! Or better yet enter the contest and use the candy to build a one of a kind gingerbread house with your family this year.
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH

#2. Building Block Commons continues the tradition of collecting candy for the Troops. From Tuesday, November 1 through Friday, November 4th, 2022 you can drop your candy off curbside. Just find the large plastic container located right by the white mailbox in the drive through way.
125 Kingston Road
Exeter, NH

#3. Treats for Troops is an an organization that mails care packages to deployed service members and veterans. It’s the perfect way to unload excess candy and give back to our troops! Many schools and local organizations collect candy check here to find one near you: Treats for Troops – Soldiers Angels.

**If you can’t find a drop off close enough you can always send your candy directly to Treats for Troops.**

#4. The Town of Newton office is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and will be collecting during those time from 11/1/22 to 11/10/22.
2 Town Hall Road
Newton, NH

#5. Hampton Academy is participating and would love your help filling up barrels of candy. They have containers in the front office to drop your candy donations in.
29 Academy Avenue
Hampton, NH

#6. STACKS is asking for candy donations be made during regular business hours, until Nov.15. Please do not leave donations outside!
122 Washington Street
Haverhill, MA 

#7. We Fill Good is also collecting candy. Store hours are Tues – Thurs 10 – 6, Fri 10 – 5, Sat 11 – 5 & Sun 11 – 4.
2 State Road
Kittery, ME

#8. Link House could always use a candy donation any time of year. They are located at:
37 Washington Street
Newburyport, MA 

#9. Operation Shoebox and Any Soldier. These two organizations also collect and donate Halloween candy to troops overseas. Operation Shoebox accepts individually wrapped (heat resistant) candy all year long. Any Soldier allows you to search soldiers’ wish lists and send donations directly overseas.

#10. Your local Dentist Office! Many collect candy in exchange for cash or a nice gift for the switch.

#11. Contact your local Food Pantry, Soup Kitchens, Homeless Shelters, or Nursing Homes to ask if they are collecting candy and the best spot to drop it off. Many of these will take donations of unopened candy for residents and guests year-round.

What can I do with all my pumpkins?

Compost or Feed the Animals!

Our friends at Laney & Lu have linked up with Mr. Fox Composting again this year to help keep those pumpkins out of landfills. Did you know that over one billion pounds of pumpkins are added to landfills each year where they produce methane, a harmful greenhouse gas? Join there efforts to held reduce by dropping off your pumpkins at Laney & Lu’s on Saturday, November 6th from 11am – 3pm.
26 Water Street
Exeter, NH

Can’t make it there on Saturday? Several local farms will accept your pumpkins to help feed the animals! Contact them directly to learn more about what exactly they will accept and where to find their drop off spots at the farm.


Have we missed a spot to donate candy or pumpkins? Please share in the comments below and we’ll add them!


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