Halloween candy handover: Dentist takes treats from kids in exchange for cash, prizes

A Calgary dentist entices kids to give up their sugar-coated stash of Halloween candy for cash and prizes.

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A local dentist encourages kids to drop of their Halloween candy at his office, and in return they get $1 for every pound. (CBC)

After the door has slammed on another Halloween, Calgary Dentist Dr. Thom Evans encourages families to unload their stash of sugar-laden treats.

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Dr. Thom Evans has thrown a Halloween candy buy back party for eight years, with the idea of saving the health and teeth of Calgary trick-or-treaters.

For every pound dropped off at his dental practice on Nov. 2, trick-or-treaters got a $1. Some had 20 pounds of candy and walked away with $20.

They're enticed with the chance to win gadgets such as an iPod, a blender (for making healthy smoothies, of course) or a flashing Firefly Toothbrush.

It's the eighth year Evans has hosted the post-Halloween Candy Buy Back party at his office.

What happens to all those Kit Kats and candy corn? It gets tossed in the garbage.

"All that sugar on their health is really detrimental," says Evans. "So we do our best to try to provide an avenue for parents to help their kids to get rid of this stuff."

But the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank benefits. For every pound of candy Evans receives, he donates a pound of apples to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.  

Hundreds of pounds of Halloween candy was dropped of at the office of dentist Dr. Thom Evans on Monday, which gets tossed in the garbage. (CBC)


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