Try These Leftover Halloween Candy Activities and More
You can measure the success of trick-or-treating by the amount of candy you gather, but not by the amount of candy you eat. Instead of letting your student eat too much sugar, repurpose some of that candy for Halloween candy activities.
These activities, recipes, crafts, and games can be just as much fun as trick-or-treating. Look at the list below and choose the ideas you like most!
Educational Candy Activities
This list includes science experiments, language arts exercises, math challenges, and more. Pay attention to the types of materials that each activity requires to make sure that you have what you need before you begin.
- Alphabetize Your Candy. Take 10 pieces of candy and put them in alphabetical order by name. Add more pieces to increase the challenge.
- Write the Alphabet. Write down the letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper. Find a piece of candy that begins with each letter and place it on top of the letter. When you’re finished, count how many letters are missing a piece of candy. Can you think of any types of candy that would match the missing letters?
- Size Up the Pieces. Use a ruler to measure different pieces of candy. Which pieces are the longest and which are the widest? Do these measurements help you determine which pieces are the largest? Place your candies in order, from smallest to largest.
- Compare Your Fractions. Open up a bag of small candies, such as M&M’s or Skittles. On a clean surface, sort the candies by color and record the fraction of each color in the bag.
- Display Your Data. Sort your candy by brand, ingredient, or another category. Create a bar graph to show the amount of each type.
- Build a House. This gingerbread house alternative uses graham crackers for the walls, and peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, or another type of spread for the “glue.” Use this glue to attach your candy decorations to the house. Parents or Learning Coaches can assign prices to all of the building materials and give the student a budget to make the activity educational.
- Make a Molecule Model. Using M&M’s or Skittles, assign a different chemical element to each color of candy and then group the candies together to create molecule models, such as H2O or NaCl.
- Make 3-D Shapes. Use toothpicks to connect gummy bears or other gummy candies together in 3-D shapes, or polyhedrons.
- Throw Your Candy Overboard. Select several different pieces of candy and decide whether you think each one will sink or float. Test your hypotheses by dropping the pieces into a bowl of water. What did the pieces that sank have in common? How did the floating pieces compare?
- Test the Acidity. Place a piece of candy in a glass or bowl of water and add some baking soda. If the water fizzes, then the candy has acid in it. Try this test on different types of sour candy.
Small candies make convenient game board pieces, so try these twists on old favorites.
Mancala: Use an empty egg carton and a pair of bowls to create your own Mancala board. Use small pieces of candy as the pieces. Play this online Mancala game to learn the rules and get a sense of how the game is played.
Tic-Tac-Toe: Draw a tic-tac-toe board and use candies as pieces. If you have licorice or another stringy candy, you can use it to make an edible board.
Bingo: Draw two or more bingo cards and write the names of different candies you have in the squares. Put your candy in a bag and have the caller pull the pieces out of it. The first person who gets five pieces in a row on his or her board wins.
Candy Arts & Crafts
Candy is an unusual material for artwork, which makes it great for inspiring your creativity. Try some of these crafts or create your own.
- With an adult’s help, use a needle and thread to create jewelry out of softer candies, such as gummy bears or candy corn.
- Create candy figures by connecting different pieces using toothpicks. Try making a candy person or animal. Display your creations in a shoebox to create a candy diorama.
- Make your own piñata out of papier-mâché, and fill it with the leftover candy.
- Glue a candy wrapper to a flat magnet sheet to make a fun refrigerator magnet.
- Unwrap some of your candy and set it aside to use for the candy recipes listed below. Take a piece of cardstock or cardboard and glue the wrappers to it to create a candy wrapper collage.
Leftover Candy Recipes
There are plenty of recipes you can make with candy, but try not to make more junk food with it. Instead, try these suggestions for sweetening healthier snacks.
- Add chopped chocolate pieces to a batch of homemade cereal or granola bars.
- Use chopped candy as a topping for yogurt or grape salad.
- Mix a handful of candy with nuts and dried fruit to create trail mix.
- With help from an adult, carefully melt your chocolate candy in the microwave or in a water bath on the stove. When the chocolate is gooey and warm, gently mix it and use it as a dip for pretzels or fruit.
Do you have other suggestions for making the most of your leftover Halloween candy? Let us know!