No trick, dentist to buy back Halloween treats

Locust Grove dentist Linda King will buy pencils and pretzels to fill trick-or-treaters’ 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, she’ll pay up to take those sorts of sweets off kids’ (and their parents’) 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 She’s buying back candy from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 3, but says she’ll accept it any time that day.

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