Kids who gather too much candy during Halloween can bring it to local candy buyback programs which provide locals with money for their sweets.
In Marysville there are two annual buyback programs that continue this year, at Bourne Orthodontics and Ideal Wellness.
Both the Marysville and Lake Stevens locations of Bourne Orthodontics are collecting candy after Halloween for their 15th annual candy buyback.
Last year they collected more than 1,400 pounds. That candy is eventually sent to U.S. Army troops overseas.
The Marysville location at 815 State Ave #3 will take candy on Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The office pays $2 per pound and also gives a $2 donation to the Marysville YMCA for every pound donated.
Lisa Johansen, clinical technician and marketing coordinator, said Dr. Jason Bourne loves doing it each year.
“We try to limit the sugar that our kids are eating and if it can help these other organizations, then that’s good too,” she said.
All five locations of Ideal Wellness will be collecting candy this year, including their Smokey Point office at 2639 172nd St. NE Suite 104.
They will be accepting candy from Halloween to Nov. 9 and paying $2 per pound.
The candy goes to Operation Gratitude.
“They put together care packages for the troops of not just candy, but other things like toiletries,” said Emily Countryman, owner of Ideal Wellness.
Last year they collected more than 500 pounds.
“We had around seven or eight of those big black trash bags and they were all pretty heavy,” said Countryman.
The program is open to anybody, not just kids, she said.
“We have a lot of people who aren’t parents or don’t have their kids around anymore and they come to drop off their leftover candy just because they don’t want it around the house,” said Countryman.
Countryman said she enjoys running the program to help people stay healthy.
“We’re a wellness center so we encourage people to turn in their sugar to help reduce the amount they’ll eat,” she said.
“For Halloween a lot of the joy is from dressing up and going out to collect that candy,” she said, but sometimes kids collect too much.
Kids and adults are also highly encouraged to write a letter, color a picture or send a note that can go with the care packages that Operation Gratitude sends out, said Countryman.