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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets


  • Another strategy is to make sugar free gum your friend and ally if you are facing a tough candy or picky day. Keep a fresh piece in your mouth, and as soon as it starts to fade, spit it out and pop another piece in quickly! - 10/20/2010 8:02:09 AM
    If you don't give out candy it isn't really an issue. - 10/6/2010 9:41:53 AM
  • I don't do Halloween anymore. But I have stocked up on candy for Trick or Treaters, should they show up at my door step. What I love are Hershey's minatures. But only the Goodbars and Krackles. I put them in my freezer for a ONE candy at a time treat at 42 calories! The rest I have bagged for the trickers...and what I don't give out will go to work where I KNOW they will devour them for me! One way ! - 10/26/2009 10:58:28 AM
    It's been years since we have given out candy on Halloween. Usually we give out party favor type toys, or pencils, and the last few years, and the number of trick-or-treaters has dwindled, we've gone to giving out kid size Clif Bars. Never once has any kid, young or old, been unhappy with that they got. If fact, for several years, kids came back asking if we had any more "sticky eyeballs" - one of the toys we gave out. - 10/25/2009 8:47:56 PM
  • Thanks for this! Today I bought a big bag of stuff that wouldn't tempt me in a million years. :-) - 10/25/2009 4:53:59 PM
  • I decided this year not to buy any Halloween candy- especially chocolate. My husband decided to get some lollipops in. SInce I have zero interest in lollipops, that works for me. When I started tracking my food on Spark, one of the first shocks I had was that the mini candy bars are 45 calories each! My boss at work always gets candy around the holidays and sets out baskets for our students. I used to munch on a few here or there, but finding out how many calories each one had and how quckly those calories added up has cured my desire.

    I never did trick or treating as a kid, but my husband was one of those kids that mapped out the best route to get the most candy in the least amount of time, so we have to compromise on Halloween each year!!!! We'll do some trick or treating, but the oldest kids will be the main consumers of the treats. The little ones will happily trade out most of their goodies for another treat- like a new book! Last year all my three year old wanted to keep was a lollipop! - 10/25/2009 2:55:07 PM
  • I buy individually wrapped dried plums to give out on Halloween. My kids love dried plums; I had to make a rule for them to eat only one per day! - 10/25/2009 2:12:39 PM
  • Don't have an issue with Halloween candy. It kind of grosses me out to see it in bulk actually.

    But autumn just SCREAMS (get it? lol) comfort food for me. So October through the Holidays are a scary time for me.

    Pumpkin is a fav....trying to work it into more savory dishes to cut back on the sugar and carbs! - 10/25/2009 12:57:18 PM
  • Never celebrate Halloween because I don't like it, Christmas I have to watch out for. - 10/25/2009 12:13:15 PM
    I buy the mini boxes of raisins. What doesn't get handed out goes in my freezer. Then I take a box along when I eat breakfast out and I add them to my oatmeal. This way I'm giving out healthy treats and any leftovers are not a danger to me and my family. - 10/25/2009 11:48:06 AM
  • Right now my bag of candy is on my dining room chair UNOPENED, until the first door bell rings on Halloween. If any candy is left I bring it to my daughter and she takes it to work for her co workers to finish off. This way it's out of the house and not a temptation. - 10/25/2009 9:49:25 AM
  • As soon as my outside lights go on on Halloween. the bags of candy go right down to the freezer - hidden in back- until next year! - 10/25/2009 8:21:37 AM
  • Another option is to give out non-candy treats. We always got lots of little finger puppets and other cheap toys in our trick-or-treat bags. Also, there was a Mary Kay rep who would give out make-up samples. I thought that was kinda creative. - 10/25/2009 1:23:39 AM
  • we're the boring house that doesn't give out candy :) I don't like adding to the troubles people have with food and our growing obesity epidemic, so for the past 10 years I've given out little toys, little stickers, pencils, etc. The kids seem to like it! - 10/17/2009 10:46:40 AM
  • I buy candy that my husband likes and he finishes it before I have a chance to even get tempted. - 10/16/2009 8:48:21 PM

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