Kids encouraged to trade in Halloween candy for cash

By WEEK Producer

Kids encouraged to trade in Halloween candy for cash

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM CDT

DUNLAP, Ill. -- One local dentist's office is encouraging kids to trade in their Halloween candy this year for cash.

It's all a part of the annual anti-decay movement called Halloween Candy Buy Back.  Last year, Maple Shade Dental Group collected 450 pounds of candy for troops overseas, and at a dollar per pound donated, the dental group handed out $450 to area kids.

But why are children being persuaded to give up the fruits of their Halloween night labor? Dr. Erin Shanahan says it all has to do with promoting oral health.

"Ditch the candy, that's what we're saying," said Dr. Shanahan.  "Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great prevenatitive measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost. Kids can still have all the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well."

Additionally, area businesses like Jillians, Landmark Cinemas, Monkey Joes, and Nickn-Willys are pitching in to give kids movie passes, free games, kids meals, and more.

Candy will be collected at Maple Shade Dental Group on Thursday, November 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact (309) 243-7702 or visit


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