Locust Grove dentist Linda King will buy pencils and pretzels to fill trick-or-treatersâ€™ bags on Halloween night. But when candy corn-red licorice-peanut butter cup bliss strikes back with tantrums and stomach aches a few days later, sheâ€™ll pay up to take those sorts of sweets off kidsâ€™ (and their parentsâ€™) hands.
For the second year, King will buy back Halloween loot or the leftovers that never made it out of the house. She pays $1 for each pound of wrapped sweets, then sends the goodies to military members stationed overseas through Operation Gratitude, a care-package organization online at www.opgratitude.com. Sheâ€™s buying back candy from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 3, but says sheâ€™ll accept it any time that day.