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Places to Buyback or Donate Halloween Candy (Updated 2023)

If you are looking for places to donate Halloween candy or if you’re looking for a candy buyback program, we have got you covered! 

In the years prior we’ve always ended up tossing most of it, but last year we discovered the idea of donating it and were instantly intrigued.

Donating or utilizing a candy buyback is a better option than tossing it. It is also an easy way we can teach and talk to our kids about kindness and giving. I have put together a list of places that will gladly accept your unwanted/unopened Halloween candy.

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Donate Halloween Candy in Northern Nevada

As a note, be sure to verify with any location below to confirm they are still accepting candy donations or buybacks.

Box Of Balloons

Drop-Off Locations:

  • Toys N More
  • Integrated Dermatology

Donation Period: Nov. 1-4

Box of Balloons is collecting leftover Halloween candy! They use it to fill piñatas and goody bags as we create birthdays for local kiddos in need!

Blue Star Mothers Northern Nevada

Drop-Off Locations: Everbowl Reno/Sparks

Donation Period: Nov. 1 – 15

Please consider donating your extra or leftover Halloween Candy and we will ship it to a deployment base to put smiles on the faces of those who are serving our country all over the world.

Ronald Mcdonald House

Location: 323 Main Street, Reno, Nevada 89502

Donation Period: Mon-Thurs from 9am-9pm; Sat from 9am-12pm/2:30-9pm

Reno Gospel Mission

Location: 2115 Timber Way, Reno, NV 89512

Donation Period: Mon-Thurs from 8am-2pm; Friday from 8am-12pm

Zeff Pediatric Dentistry

Location: 65 Foothill Rd, Ste 1, Reno, NV

Donation Period: Nov. 1 – TBD

Head to Zeff Pediatric Dentistry to donate Halloween candy. They will be donating candy to troops.

Dentist Buyback in Northern Nevada

Many local dentists will buy back your unopened candy for $1-$2 a pound and they ship it out to troops, veterans, and first responders. 

Northern Nevada Children’s Dental and Orthodontics – Not confirmed for 2023

Location: 175 Brinkby Ave, Reno, NV 89509

  • Buyback Period: Nov. 1-4
  • Buyback Price: $1/lb 

Carson City Pediatric Dentistry Buyback

Carson City Pediatric Dentistry

Location: 4530 S. Carson Street, Suite #5, Carson City, NV

  • Buyback Period: Nov. 1-10
  • Buyback Price: $2/lb, 5lb limit per child

Don’t forget to bring us all your unwanted candy for our candy buy program and we’ll give you $2 per pound, up to 5 pounds! ??This year we’re extending our program until Nov. 10th, you won’t want to miss it!

My Kids Smile

Locations: North Hills, North Reno, Northwest Reno, Sparks, South Reno (see individual addresses here)

  • Buyback Period: Nov. 1-10
  • Buyback Price: $1/lb, 5lb limit per child

All candy will go to our first responders in our respected areas, AND you enter your child’s school for a chance to win $500! Don’t miss out on the fun!?

Donate Halloween Candy in Southern Nevada

Treats for Troops Blue Star Mothers NV4

Blue Star Mothers NV4

Drop-Off Locations:

  • City of Henderson – drop off through Nov. 27
    • City Hall
    • Black Mountain Rec Center
    • Silver Springs Rec Center
    • Whitney Ranch Rec CEnter
    • Downtown Rec Center
    • Multigenerational Center
    • Heritage Senior Facility
    • Valley View Rec Center
    • Downtown Senior Center
  • Henderson
    • 508 Burton St, Henderson, NV 89015 – cooler on front porch
  • Boulder City
    • 523 Cayuga Ct Boulder City, NV 89005
  • Las Vegas
    • Cactus/Jones; 6286 West Levi Las Vegas, NV 89141
    • Russell/Eastern; 2938 Brockington Ave Las Vegas, NV 89120 – blue cooler Front Courtyard
    • Serene/Wigwam; 1771 Mt. Tremblant Ave Las Vegas, NV 89123 – cooler on porch
    • Oakey/ Buffalo; 1509 Winslow Street Las Vegas, NV 89117 – call box 210, just place by gate
    • 95/Elkhorn; 8251 Nebula Cloud Las Vegas, NV 89131 – Gate code #4129, Gate code #3607
    • Valley View & Cactus; 10825 Rosalba St Las Vegas, NV 89141 – Gate code #8155
    • Sunrise Mountain; 446 Spanish View Lane Las Vegas, NV 89110

Donation Period: Nov. 1 – 28

Please consider donating your extra or leftover Halloween Candy and we will ship it to a deployment base to put smiles on the faces of those who are serving our country all over the world.

Just contact us: or

Dentist Buyback in Southern Nevada

Many local dentists will buy back your unopened candy for $1-$2 a pound and they ship it out to troops, veterans, and first responders. 

Smart Mouth – Not Confirmed for 2023

Locations: 6348 S Rainbow Blvd #110, Las Vegas, NV

  • Buyback Period: Nov. 1 from 10am-4pm
  • Buyback Price: $1/lb, 5lb limit per child

Truman Orthodontics – Summerlin Location


  • Henderson; 10855 S. Eastern Ave. Henderson, NV 89052
  • Summerlin; 10000 W. Sahara #110 Las Vegas, NV 89117
  • Centennial; 6440 Centennial Center #130 Las Vegas, NV 89149

  • Buyback Period: Nov. 1-7
  • Buyback Price: $1/lb, 5lb limit per child

Uptown Jungle Henderson 

Locations: 27 S Stephanie St, Henderson, NV 89012

  • Buyback Period: Nov. 1-3
  • Trade-In: 1 Hour of Play when you purchase one hour with a candy donation. (this may change for 2023)

Cannot be combined with any other deals or dealer service like Groupon or Pogo Pass Las Vegas. Not valid during tot time or fit play homeschool.

Donate to Troops

Looking for more options to donate Halloween candy? What about donating to the troops?


Drop-Off Location: Send via USPS at your convenience

Donation Period: Year-round

Leftover candy? Donate Halloween candy to our heroes! Pack your candy in a USPS Flat Rate Shipping Box, head to Herobox to select your hero, print our your shipping label and send it.

Operation GratitudeProgram Paused since 2021

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas and first responders stateside. In 2016, the organization collected 533,891 pounds of candy to redistribute!

The organization’s mission is simple: to put a smile on soldiers’ faces. The website contains other important shipping info, and kids are encouraged to include letters and pictures, too, or check out the organization’s map for drop-off locations.

Other Ideas Besides Donating Halloween Candy

Save It For The Holidays

If you don’t mind storing candy, then you can always reuse the candy you’ve collected. Use the Halloween candy for stocking stuffers and Easter Baskets / Egg fillers.

Just make sure to store it somewhere safe and in a cool place to ensure it doesn’t melt.

Kids Can’t Let Go Of Candy?

For some (most) kids letting go of their precious candy can be so hard. This is especially true for my younger kids. Our family likes to use The Switch Witch!

The Switch Witch is a witch that needs candy to heat her home and she comes and switches out Halloween candy for a small toy.

The kit comes with the book and a small witch making this an easy tradition for your family. The Kit typically sells out, so we’ve included a link to the book and you can use any small witch or none at all! Once the switch witch switches out the candy for a small toy you can donate your candy to a local place listed above.

Do you donate Halloween candy each year or does your family have other plans for it?

Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.

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Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!