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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CAMELSAMBA
    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!
  • 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.
  • NEORN75
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Just what I was looking for today! I found a bag of candy on my desk this morning from an anonymous co-worker!
  • Thank you for this article. It has really helped me.
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • ALICOTTER
    If you don't give out candy it isn't really an issue.
  • 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 !
  • TERRIMEIER
    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.

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