If your Halloween candy strategy involves getting it out the house, your local dentist is here to help. Head to a Halloween candy buy-back at a dental office to exchange excess sugar for cash or a small prize.
Here's a short list of local buy-backs. For more locations, visit Halloween Candy Buy-Back and pop in your zip code. See also tips on making treats, conducting science experiments from leftover Halloween candy and using Halloween candy to teach life skills.
Seattle Halloween buy-backs
Greenlake Kids' Dentistry in Seattle hosts a buy-back on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5–7 p.m. As with most buy-backs, all candy collected will go to Operation Gratitude, which creates care packages for troops. Kids ages 12 and younger (accompanied by an adult) can donate up to 10 pounds of candy and get back $1 per pound in return.
Little Pearls Kids Dentistry and Smiles by Smita Orthodontics, located in the same office building in Queen Anne, are buying candy back on Monday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The candy will be shipped overseas and every dollar given out will also be matched and the amount donated to Northwest Harvest food bank.
The office of Dr. Keith N. Wong, DDS, MS is hosting a buy-back on Friday, Nov. 4, from 3–6 p.m. Like most Seattle buy-backs, the candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude.
Eastside Halloween buy-backs
Visit Highlands Dentistry in Issaquah, Tuesday–Friday, Nov. 1-4 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. to drop off candy, which will be sent to U.S. soldiers overseas.
Wong Orthodontics, Bellevue. Two weeks of buy-backs here, from Tuesday–Friday, Nov. 1–4, from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. $1 per pound, (up to 5 pounds) for Operation Gratitude.
Dr. Neal's Annual Candy Buyback, Kirkland. Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. $1 per pound for donated candy.
North Sound Halloween buy-backs
Lynnwood Kids Dentist is offering $1 for every pound of wrapped, unopened candy (5 lb. maximum per child), plus a goody bag. Candy is donated to troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Thursday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Richard Chan Orthodontics, Bothell and Monroe. Bring up to 10 pounds of candy to trade in for $1 a pound to donate to the troops; if you wear a costume or bring in two food bank items, Dr. Chan will pay you another $1 a pound. Monroe: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2–5 p.m.; Bothell: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2–6 p.m.
Drop by to sell your candy on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 2–5 p.m. in the Monroe office and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-6 p.m. in the Bothell office. They'll have cookies and milk on-hand, and pay $1 extra for kids wearing costumes and bringing canned food.
South Sound Halloween buy-backs
Tranquility Dental, in Lacey is buying back candy to send to Operation Gratitude for a full 3 weeks, from Nov. 1–10. (Hours are Mon–Wed: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday 7 a.m.–4 p.m, Friday 7 p.m.–3 p.m. $1 per pound, up to 5 pounds).
Smiles by Smita, Federal Way. Drop by on Monday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. to drop off candy for the troops.
Molen Orthodontics locations are buying your candy at $2 per pound on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30–6:30 p.m. Earn an extra $1 for wearing a costume, and another $1 for bringing in 2 items of canned food. They are donating money and food to local charities, and candy goes to the troops.