Mommy Minute: Where to donate, trade excess Halloween candy


When you come home from trick-or-treating, it can be stressful to have so much sugar in your house.

How can you prevent your kids from over-indulging?

Years ago, the Friendship Center in Lower Paxton Township started a candy exchange for this exact reason. If you bring a sandwich-sized bag of Halloween candy to the center, you can get free admission.

You’ll have access to the leisure pool, the lap pool, the rock climbing wall, the fitness center, gymnasium and classes. If members bring in a bag of candy, they get a guest pass to use at another time.

The deal is only good this upcoming Friday, November 2.

Organizers say it helps to promote healthy decisions.

“I think that’s important for the kids to understand there’s a balance,” Friendship Center director Rachelle Scott said. “You can’t just indulge in all that candy, but then you can find a fun experience out of giving as well.”

The Friendship Center donates all of that candy to Bethesda Youth Mission in Harrisburg. It runs an after-school program for kids ages seven to 18.

ABC27 reached out to the Bethesda Mission shelter and were told they would also love some of your extra Halloween candy.  Drop-offs can be made at the donation center next to the shelter at 611 Reily Street.

An organization called Soldiers Angels: Treats for Troops will send your candy to service members, wounded heroes, and veterans. To donate to that organization, you can email them at

And while there are many organizations that will accept candy donations, many reported they are already overwhelmed. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey both say they appreciate the generosity, but they already have enough treats on hand. 

The best advice if you choose to donate: it may be wise to call ahead.

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