To encourage healthier Halloween habits, fight dental disease and support our troops, the Delta Dental Health Theatre is hosting its third annual Great Candy Exchange. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the theatre, located at 727 N. First Street on Laclede’s Landing in the same building as the Old Spaghetti Factory. Area children, families and school groups are invited to this free afternoon of fun, where unopened, packaged candy can be traded in for chances to win prizes that encourage active play, including
an Xbox 360 Kinect.
Each exchanged pound of candy is worth one raffle ticket. This year, the theatre will also be presenting a bonus ticket to those who bring in canned goods for Operation Food
Search. The prize drawings will be held at 1:45 p.m. Individuals must be present to win.
The event will also feature interactive games, face painting, balloon art, a juggling show, prizes and the chance to meet the Tooth Fairy, Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan characters. Guests are encouraged to come in costumes, have their pictures taken in the photo booth and
take part in the costume contest.
Classrooms, clubs and organizations can get involved too. The group that surrenders the most candy by weight will receive free admission to a 2012 show at the Delta Dental Health Theatre. The school with the highest attendance will receive a $250 donation to buy books for their library, courtesy of Delta Dental of Missouri.
All candy received through this event will be sent to the troops, along with toothbrushes, through A Soldier’s Wish List. Donated canned goods will be given to Operation Food Search, which is currently in need of canned meats, vegetables, beans, chili and ravioli.
Last year, the Delta Dental Health Theatre collected over 1,100 pounds of candy. To learn more about the upcoming
event and the work of the theatre, call 314-241-7391, visit www.ddhtstl.org, find them on Facebook or follow
them on Twitter @YoucanToucan.