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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets


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  • Good tips, should have had my skinny hubby read the article before he went out today and bought one of every kind of 3 pound assorted bags of candy that he could find! And we will probably only have 50 or so trick or treaters.

    Oh, and he doesn't eat sweets.
    4 tootsie rolls and counting...300 cals left for the day, sigh - 10/31/2012 9:55:46 PM
  • I've eaten my 2 packs of Smarties-- off to brush my teeth and go to bed before I do any real damage. - 10/31/2012 8:36:17 PM
  • I'm proud of myself this year. I bought one bag and I didn't buy a bunch to take into work. I hope to have a few ghosts and goblins but sadly I rarely have any. - 10/31/2012 3:59:36 PM
  • I live on a street popular for trick or treaters... I follow rule 3, buying lots of candy I don't like! - 10/31/2012 10:21:00 AM
  • Love the tips, especially #9, which I can apply to any situation all yea round! - 10/31/2012 9:18:27 AM
  • I love the list of tricks to avoid.... I really like the one about staying focused on your goals and that is what I am trying to do. Happy Halloween Everyone!!! - 10/31/2012 8:44:57 AM
  • As long as the candy or cookie bag is sealed I wont open it. I wont give in, however once I open it, all goo willpower is shot. This year, the last tricker will receive all the candy that remians in the bowl.. MY Treat to myself - 10/28/2012 12:26:55 PM
  • I ask my daughter to hide the candy from me. Out of sight, out of mind. That's my best defense! - 10/25/2011 10:10:05 AM
    The knotted-bag and "unfavorite" candy hints are as foolproof as they are clever! Thanks, Sarah :) - 10/25/2011 8:49:17 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 7:55:11 AM
  • 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 7:38:57 AM
  • Excellent list- especially "you can get this candy anytime!" reminder! - 10/25/2011 1:01:57 AM
  • 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 9:43:18 PM
  • 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. - 10/10/2011 6:15:50 AM
  • 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! - 10/24/2010 10:36:00 PM

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