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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets



10/25/2011 8:49:17 AM

The knotted-bag and "unfavorite" candy hints are as foolproof as they are clever! Thanks, Sarah :)


10/25/2011 7:55:11 AM

Excellent advice. We live way out in the country so we don't get to see the little trick or treaters but there's candy dishes in the stores, at work, etc. so I will use a lot of these tips.


10/25/2011 7:38:57 AM

KATHYMCW1's SparkPage
Tough, Tough time of year - with no children at home now, I usually buy what I don't like and that's the best way for me to avoid the temptation.


10/25/2011 1:01:57 AM

SM-ARTGIRL's SparkPage
Excellent list- especially "you can get this candy anytime!" reminder!


10/10/2011 9:43:18 PM

Last year I got Sacagewea Dollar coins to hand out. This year microwave popcorn ... when Trick or Treat is over I can use it "guilt-free." No candy at my house.


10/10/2011 6:15:50 AM

I'm glad you included #10. It drives me crazy when people go on about how you can't have a treat AT ALL on Halloween (or other holidays) because it will destroy everything. One piece of candy or cookie will not destroy everything, especially if you work it into your day's calories or add some extra exercise time to balance it out. It's also a great exercise in willpower to only allow yourself that one treat for the day.


10/24/2010 10:36:00 PM

I agree with the person who says that Halloween can be about building community - lots of socializing goes on in our neighborhood during the trick-or-treating event. Some years we give out glow bracelets and necklaces, although that was more popular when they weren't so easy to find (now we can get a tube of 10 or 12 in the dollar section at Target). I know someone who gives away books - she gets them from the library book shop and thrift stores and the like. She doesn't get as many kids as in our neighborhood, though!


10/21/2010 11:00:22 PM

HEATH592's SparkPage
I give out small toys to the kids. You can buy a bunch of toys at a cheap price. The wrist bands are real popular now. And as a Mom, I appreicate my kids not getting so much candy.We also "recycle" the candy my kids don't like to the trick or treaters coming to our house.


10/20/2010 10:39:18 PM

I refuse to deprive myself of things I like, I just need to eat them in moderation. If I'm in the mood (I'm not a big chocolate lover) I'll have one or two "fun size" pieces as long as I have the calories available. I wait to buy candy or any goodies until the day before or the day of Halloween, not because I'll eat them but because my kids and husband will raid the bags and there won't be any left for the trick or treaters!


10/20/2010 10:10:06 PM

DTMMLF's SparkPage
I don't worry about halloween because those yummy bite sized morsels are in bowls scattered throughout my workplace...365 DAYS A YEAR! So I have to walk thru the landmine everyday...not just during halloween! I know where the landmines are and I do my best to avoid them, plus I keep lots of fresh fruit on the ready when I feel I need something sweet. And when the candy beast gets really ugly...I dash for one of my Kashi TLC Chewy Granola bars - my current favorite is Peanut Peanut Butter, 140 calories and only 5g of sugar and 7g of protein, 4g of Fiber. As for the cute little goblins & ghouls --- I just buy the candy I don't like! No problema.


10/20/2010 6:28:25 PM

MOM2ACAT's SparkPage
I don't buy candy, and I don't hand it out. As a single woman, I don't feel safe opening my door to strangers after dark.


10/20/2010 11:35:54 AM

MINIDRIVER63's SparkPage
11. Go on a bike ride or a hike on Halloween! Or do the Fall yard clean up and leaf-raking. Burn off plenty of calories so you can enjoy a candy apple, mug of hot cider, or slice of pumpkin bread.


10/20/2010 11:05:35 AM

UNLMOM2's SparkPage
Just what I was looking for today! I found a bag of candy on my desk this morning from an anonymous co-worker!


10/20/2010 11:03:55 AM

LAINYC's SparkPage
Thank you for this article. It has really helped me.


10/20/2010 8:03:37 AM

MARIE_B's SparkPage
Love the straight-forward informative way this is presented. All of this is doable! Thank you for the extra inspiration and ideas. Also, I see Halloween as one of those rare chances to build community where it matters most--at home. I give out candy and try to connect with anyone who seems willing. As everything, even eating right and exercising:"..It's what we make of it" right?

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