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10 Tricks to Avoid the Halloween Treats

How to Enjoy the Holiday without Overindulging in Sweets


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  • 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
  • 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. - 10/21/2010 11:00:22 PM
  • 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! - 10/20/2010 10:39:18 PM
  • 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 10:10:06 PM
  • 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 6:28:25 PM
  • 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 11:35:54 AM
  • 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 11:05:35 AM
  • Thank you for this article. It has really helped me. - 10/20/2010 11:03:55 AM
  • 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? - 10/20/2010 8:03:37 AM
  • 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

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