Trick or treaters on Staten Island get to choose between candy or cash this Halloween.
The Halloween candy buyback program gives kids $1 for every pound of candy donated.
The buyback program gives the sweets to Operation Gratitude, who sends the collected treats to troops serving overseas, giving them a taste of home during the holidays.
"It's a wonderful cause to be part of, and we're happy to be able to give, but we're also happy to be able to receive the candy from the kids," said Dr. Phyllis Merlino, a pediatric dentist. "You understand that if the kids are eating less candy, then there's less cavities, so it's good for all of us."
"I think this is a good idea because the soldiers, they deserve this because they work very hard for our country, and when they get this bucket of candy, they will feel very happy, and it will remind them of home," said patient Bridget Keag.
Three Staten Island dentist offices are signed up for the Halloween candy buyback program.
For more information, and to find a participating dentist near you, visit www.halloweencandybuyback.com.