What to do with leftover Halloween candy

 What to do with leftover Halloween candy | Honeycomb Moms | I think my generic fruit snacks scared off the trick-or-treaters. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

What to do with leftover Halloween candy | Honeycomb Moms | I think my generic fruit snacks scared off the trick-or-treaters. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

By Lauren Floyd, Honeycomb Moms

It happens every year. I get all excited about meeting the trick-or-treaters. I plot out exactly what candy to buy and who has it the cheapest. (The business that will deliver it to me usually wins.) I arrange the candy in a lovely bowl. Then, for one reason or another I get no trick-or-treaters.

And by one reason or another I mean I forget to leave the porch light on.

Well, this year when I woke up the morning after Halloween to a bowl full of candy I had optimistically left out overnight for late-night trick-or-treaters, I took my problem to Google.

“What to do with leftover Halloween candy,” I searched, and I found my answer — Operation Troop Treats.

It is a national nonprofit that dentists run to collect candy for U.S. service members and their families.

Although Saturday was the last day to drop off candy to a local dentist’s office, you can still donate through the nonprofit Operation Gratitude.

My son, Donovan, and I gifted our leftover candy, no problem Friday in Atlanta.

 What to do with leftover Halloween candy | Honeycomb Moms | My son, Donovan, was the pilot of a single-engine plane for Halloween. The pumpkin bucket was his favorite part of the costume. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

What to do with leftover Halloween candy | Honeycomb Moms | My son, Donovan, was the pilot of a single-engine plane for Halloween. The pumpkin bucket was his favorite part of the costume. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

And I have to be honest. It is one of few service activities I’ve done since Donovan was born. Part of that is intentional. I have a tendency to stretch myself too thin.

When I found out I was pregnant, I made the deliberate decision to make space in my life for my child and step back from organizations I had earlier dedicated hours and hours of time to.

I don’t regret that decision one bit. My baby’s worth every minute I can find, but I also want to teach him that he has a responsibility to help other people, to care about them and to give to them.

I believe you teach that lesson by doing.

 What to do with leftover Halloween candy | Honeycomb Moms | My son, Donovan, was the pilot of a single-engine plane for Halloween. The pumpkin bucket was his favorite part of the costume. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

What to do with leftover Halloween candy | Honeycomb Moms | My son, Donovan, was the pilot of a single-engine plane for Halloween. The pumpkin bucket was his favorite part of the costume. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM